Astrophysics for People in a Hurry, by Neil deGrasse Tyson

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I was curious what I could learn from this book–and it taught me a lot more than I thought…and in a hurry, too! With all the crazy things that’ve gone on the past month, I haven’t had a chance to crack open a book in weeks. Glad I got to read this one.

Astrophysics for People in a Hurry is exactly that. Even more, it’s a decent, humorous, short work about our universe and ourselves. If you have a passing interest in astrophysics, it will give you tons of info. I think the best thing about this book is that if you don’t have much of a science background, then it’ll teach you about several branches of science and how they work together.

I have always had an interest in exploration and space, the stories and the technology involved. But Astrophysics for People in a Hurry digs into various branches of science, such as chemistry, biology, geology, and of course the cosmos. Other than some brief mentions of similar terms in science classes, I wouldn’t have imagined how integrated astrophysics is with such basic sciences.

It’s not what I’d consider a “for dummies” type of book (the use of language is a bit more sophisticated and technical). Rather, this book gives you a brief introduction into how all these branches of science are related, and how much of an influence astrophysics has on very earth-oriented questions.

I don’t want to spoil it all, and it’s a short enough read you can get a good grasp on your own pretty quick.

I think it’s a great little book, worth a shot by those who want to understand science better or get into astrophysics, or have always wanted to find a explanation that made sense regarding the eternal high-school question, “Why do we need to learn this crap?”

I think there’s plenty to learn, enough to get an idea how to apply what one’s learned from those very science classes… at least a few ideas.

A basic refresher in science might be helpful, but if you can’t, just take your time reading it and it won’t take long to come out.

One thought on “Astrophysics for People in a Hurry, by Neil deGrasse Tyson

  1. Rae Longest says:

    I would love to hear the author in person. He was in Houston a couple of years ago, and my friend who teaches at ACC heard him and said he was wonderful! I may try the book after reading your review.


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