Review: Astrophysics for People in a Hurry


Astrophysics for People in a Hurry

By: Neil deGrasse Tyson

My Rating: 5/5 Stars


Genre: Non-Fiction

Page Count: 224

Synopsis: 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.

Happy Sunday bookworms, I apologize that this pos tis coming a bit later than usual today, I have been crazed applying for jobs all day and I totally lost track of time! A review of this book is way overdue, I received it for Christmas and I finished in just a couple days. Something not many people know about me is that I had my heart set on being an astrophysicist for several years in high school before I ultimately decided to apply for an Arts Undergraduate degree. I still have days where I regret giving up on that dream, and this book was a wonderful way for me to reignite my passion for this topic!

This book is incredible! It is accessible and interesting for anyone who is interested, and you don’t have to have any previous knowledge of the field to enjoy it. I learned a lot form this book and I will definitely be picking up more books about space in the future. It actually got me excited about non-fiction books, which is quite a feat since I usually avoid them like the plague. It inspired me to purchase a few other non-fiction books and though I have yet to start reading them, just buying them was a pretty big change for me.

This is a small book that is easily read on a morning commute or on an airplane, and I highly recommend it to anyone who wants to know more about what’s out there, and how our little blue marble fits into the messiness of the universe.

Some of my favourite quotes:

“The universe is under no obligation to make sense to you”

“We are stardust brought to life, then empowered by the universe to figure itself out—and we have only just begun.”

“The power and beauty of physical laws is that they apply everywhere, whether or not you choose to believe in them. In other words, after the laws of physics, everything else is opinion.”

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