Astrophysics for People in a Hurry by Neil deGrasse Tyson

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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.
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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.

 

About Neil deGrasse Tyson

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Neil deGrasse Tyson is an astrophysicist with the American Museum of Natural History, director of the world-famous Hayden Planetarium, a monthly columnist for Natural History, and an award-winning author. He has begun production of a new Cosmos series, premiering in early 2013. He lives in New York City.
 
Published May 2, 2017 by W. W. Norton & Company. 224 pages
Genres: Science & Math. Non-fiction
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Kirkus

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on Mar 07 2017

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.

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NY Journal of Books

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Reviewed by Samantha Holloway on Jul 05 2017

...this particular one makes it all seem wonderful—and more than that, it makes it seem like it matters and actually can be easily understood.

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Reviewed by Carl Hays on Apr 15 2017

Even readers normally averse to anything to do with physics or chemistry will find Tyson’s wittily delivered explanations compelling and disarmingly entertaining.

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The Maine Edge

Excellent
Reviewed by Allen Adams on May 10 2017

“Astrophysics for People in a Hurry” is an ideal book for anyone looking for a crash course in or a brush-up on the basics of astrophysics...smart and informative without every feeling dry, a chance to learn more about the stars even as you’re being encouraged to reach for them.

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Washington Independent Review of Books

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Reviewed by Josh Trapani on May 12 2017

Savor this book in snippets of time as you have them. Then open the science section of a newspaper, visit a museum, or just gaze up at the night sky and see if your knowledge and appreciation haven’t grown a bit deeper.

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Reviewed by Deborah Mason on May 02 2017

Ultimately, reading Astrophysics for People in a Hurry is both a humbling and exhilarating experience. Compared to the vast and expanding universe, we are tiny, irrelevant specks.

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