Book Review: Astrophysics for People in a Hurry by Neil DeGrasse Tyson

Astrophysics for People in a Hurry by Neil DeGrasse Tyson:

Released earlier this year at the beginning of May, Astrophysics for People in a Hurry supplies its audience with one of the freshest takes of both modern and classical astrophysics. Neil DeGrasse Tyson is your conduit to the cosmos no matter who you are, because Tyson manages to convey such complex concepts in very simplistic and easy to follow language. Not only is it easy to read, which is important when trying to become acquainted with a subject, it is quite a short read as well. With 244 pages and language that ropes you in, Astrophysics for People in a Hurry can be finished in under 4 hours! In this New York Times Nonfiction Bestseller, Neil DeGrasse Tyson acts as your cosmological tour guide whom not only explains astrophysical concepts well, but also humours us with the history of such discoveries by use of anecdotes. The topics range from quarks and leptons to dark energy and matter to the idea of cosmic perspective. The idea of cosmic perspective is a very interesting and recurring theme throughout this fantastic non-fiction work. It is the idea of being able to obtain knowledge both about and from the universe that surrounds you; Neil DeGrasse Tyson uses this book to contextualize what he hopes many people should know and understand. He says that “Time is relative, but some of us still don't have enough of it to fully take in the most salient aspects of such topics as dark matter, exoplanets, the Big Bang, and why so many objects in outer space are spherical.” and this couldn’t be closer to the truth. However, there is a need for people from any walk of life to become scientifically literate. In fact, it was at one of his recent lectures in New York where he spoke of nothing but the importance of scientific literacy, infusing some new knowledge for the audience to conceptualize. The book is truly interesting and I recommend it to anyone not just interested in science, but anyone that can read. You will learn all of the topics stated before in great analogies such as the idea of spherical food containers, as well as understand cosmological concepts in a greater capacity. This read cost very little (approx. $11) and it is very likely that one can spot it at their local library. Become acquainted with the cosmos with Astrophysics for People in a Hurry.

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