"Astrophysics for People in a Hurry" by Neil deGrasse Tyson

Updated: Jan 30


TITLE: Astrophysics for People in a Hurry

AUTHOR: Neil deGrasse Tyson

PUBLISHER: W. W. Norton & Company

PUBLISHED DATE: May 2, 2017

ISBN: 978-0393609394

PAGES: 224

I am not going to even front....I can't really say I enjoyed this book. It's an interesting read. I can take a few things away - which in my book is an achievement. I would highly advise that any readers come into this book with a working knowledge or particular interest in astrophysics. I possess neither, I was only here for Neil deGrasse Tyson. I may have to wait for him to write an autobiography. When approaching subjects, particularly those in the science and math subjects, it's helpful for me to explore the people behind the theories and numbers. It gives me a better understanding, and I take away a lot more.

For me, this book talked at me instead of to me, but - like I said, the fact that I was able to take anything away, is stunning.

So...here is my list.

1) The Universe is under no obligation to make sense to you. (This opens the book, and frankly this is the concept that has stayed with me.)

2)The laws of physics apply everywhere, whether you choose to believe them or not. (Listen...get inside your feelings if you want to...the Universe does not care. It is not dependent on you and has zero effs to give.)

3) Dark Matter makes of 68% of the earth. (With all the negativity on the planet, this doesn't surprise me. Makes perfect sense.)

4) Stars make energy. (I am a star, and I radiate a quiet intensity. I related to this on a spiritual level.)

5) If aliens ever gave human kind a call, it would be the Chinese who would answer the call. (That's super dope and scary as hell all at the same time.)

I wish I had notes for the rest....but I listened to the audiobook on my library Hoopla account, so....my note taking abilities were extremely limited.

Nick Babcock: Neil deGrasse Tyson has a conversation with GZA (2012)

Recommendation: Read it. You may gain more from it than I did - but if you're a science person, this is a treat.

Audience: It's not marketed towards teens, but I think the right teen would like it. There's nothing obscene in the book. It's educational.

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