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Astrophysics for People in a Hurry

Astrophysics for People in a Hurry

by Neil deGrasse Tyson

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The #1 New York Times Bestseller: The essential universe, from our most celebrated and beloved astrophysicist.What is the nature of space and time? How do we fit within the universe? How does the universe fit within us? There’s no better guide through these mind-expanding questions than acclaimed astrophysicist and best-selling author Neil deGrasse Tyson.But
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The #1 New York Times Bestseller: The essential universe, from our most celebrated and beloved astrophysicist.What is the nature of space and time? How do we fit within the universe? How does the universe fit within us? There’s no better guide through these mind-expanding questions than acclaimed astrophysicist and best-selling author Neil deGrasse Tyson.But today, few of us have time to contemplate the cosmos. So Tyson brings the universe down to Earth succinctly and clearly, with sparkling wit, in tasty chapters consumable anytime and anywhere in your busy day.While you wait for your morning coffee to brew, for the bus, the train, or a plane to arrive, Astrophysics for People in a Hurry will reveal just what you need to be fluent and ready for the next cosmic headlines: from the Big Bang to black holes, from quarks to quantum mechanics, and from the search for planets to the search for life in the universe.

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Editorial Reviews
BookPage
“Infectiously enthusiastic, humorous and, above all, accessible....reading Astrophysics for People in a Hurry is both a humbling and exhilarating experience.”
Booklist
“Even readers normally adverse to anything to do with physics or chemistry will find Tyson’s wittily delivered explanations compelling and disarmingly entertaining.”
Salon
“Tyson is a master of streamlining and simplification....taking mind-bogglingly complex ideas, stripping them down to their nuts and bolts, padding them with colorful allegories and dorky jokes, and making them accessible to the layperson”
Sloane Crosley - Vanity Fair
“Neil deGrasse Tyson makes a big bang with Astrophysics for People in a Hurry.”
BBC's Sky at Night
“This may have been written for people in a hurry, but I urge you to take your time. It will all be over far too soon.”
Forbes
“Tyson manifests science brilliantly....[his] insights are valuable for any leader, teacher, scientist or educator.”
Hackernoon
“Astrophysics for People in a Hurry will blow your mind....it is awesome.”
Library Journal
05/15/2017
Author and astrophysicist Tyson (director, Hayden Planetarium, New York) has revisited, modified, consolidated, and, in some cases, updated a number of essays from his Universe column from Natural History magazine. Twelve independent chapters address topics such as the origin and development of the universe, dark matter and dark energy, and how both technology and location (spatial and temporal) influence our understanding of the cosmos. The astrophysicist's enthusiasm and sense of humor remain undiminished; few other science popularizers would think of writing, "I don't know about you, but the planet Saturn pops into my mind with every bite of a hamburger I take." Tyson is promoting this book as a quick and convenient introduction to the universe for people with scant free time, although readers will benefit from prior exposure to the physical sciences. Subject coverage overlaps unavoidably with the author's acclaimed Welcome to the Universe: An Astrophysical Tour (cowritten by J. Richard Gott and Michael A. Strauss), but this newer title is more literary. VERDICT Those seeking pleasure reading—Tyson fans and newcomers alike—will enjoy this caper through the cosmos. [See Prepub Alert, 11/21/16.]—Nancy R. Curtis, Univ. of Maine Lib., Orono
Kirkus Reviews
2017-03-07
America's most approachable astrophysicist distills the past, present, and (theoretical) future of the cosmos into a quick and thoroughly enjoyable read for a general audience.In his signature conversational style, Tyson (Space Chronicles: Facing the Ultimate Frontier, 2012, etc.), director of the Hayden Planetarium at the American Museum of Natural History and host of StarTalk, shows once again his masterly skills at explaining complex scientific concepts in a lucid, readable fashion. In fun, digestible chapters, he covers all the basics: the constituent bits that make up the universe, the forces and laws that govern their interaction, and the pioneering scientists who pieced together the mechanics fabricating our reality. Substituting down-to-earth wit for unnecessary jargon, Tyson presents ideas in clean, straightforward language and allows for the awesome nature of the universe to impress itself on readers unadorned. Also compelling is the author's contagious exuberance for his field, which he has consistently demonstrated throughout his writing and TV careers. Whether expounding on the general theory of relativity or the mystery of dark matter, he celebrates the many theories that have been experimentally confirmed while acknowledging the grand extent to which there is still so much left to discover. He also emphasizes that astrophysics need not be inaccessible. "The cosmic perspective comes from the frontiers of science, yet it is not solely the provenance of the scientist," he writes. "It belongs to everyone….The cosmic perspective enables us to see beyond our circumstances, allowing us to transcend the primal search for food, shelter, and sex." In short order, you'll be conversant in mind-bending trivia about "star stuff" that may fundamentally shift your perspective of our place in the universe—and convince you to pursue some of the many fine longer-form books on the subject. A sublime introduction to some of the most exciting ideas in astrophysics that will leave readers wanting more.
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Product Details
ISBN-13:
9780393609394
9780393609394
Publisher:
Norton, W. W. & Company, Inc.
Norton, W. W. & Company, Inc.
Publication date:
05/02/2017
Pages:
224
224
Sales rank:
1
Product dimensions:
4.50(w) x 7.40(h) x 1.00(d)
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Meet the author

Neil deGrasse Tyson is an astrophysicist with the American Museum of Natural History, director of its world-famous Hayden Planetarium, host of the hit radio and TV show StarTalk, and an award-winning author. He lives in New York City.

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Customer Reviews (6)
Nice read. Easy to understand
Enjoyable quick read.
- Anonymous
May 20, 2017
A great look into science and space. Awesome book.
A great look into science and space. Awesome book.
- Anonymous
May 12, 2017
Excellent journey through space and time, highly recommended.
Excellent journey through space and time, highly recommended.
- avontell
May 28, 2017
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