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review 2017-07-14 20:23
Read When You Have Time to Enjoy
Astrophysics for People in a Hurry - Neil deGrasse Tyson

I did enjoy this but don't know what else to say about it. My background is not science, but I definitely enjoyed reading the author's comments about astrophysics. And I did get sad a fee times he brings up people arguing against science and instead only wanting to believe everything in the Bible. 

 

Mr. deGrasse Tyson takes us point by point through astrophysics. You get to read about Einstein's theory of relatively, gravity, discussions of dark matter, the periodic table of elements, etc. 

 

 

There were definitely some comments here and there that I loved. 

 

"We do not simply live in this universe. The universe lives within us."

 

"When I track the orbits of asteroids, comets, and planets, each one a pirouetting dancer in a cosmic ballet, choreographed by the forces of gravity, sometimes I forget that too many people act in wanton disregard for the delicate interplay of Earth’s atmosphere, oceans, and land, with consequences that our children and our children’s children will witness and pay for with their health and well-being. And sometimes I forget that powerful people rarely do all they can to help those who cannot help themselves."

 

At some key points deGrasse Tyson's humor shines through and I wish he had let more of it come through this book. 

 

There is a helpful index at the end if the book you can use to look up things you may be curious about. Something tells me he did t expect people to read it in one sitting. 

 

I think that if the book included pictures that would have helped break things up. I can't complain too much though since it was such a short read. I wish I had just borrowed this from the library since I completed it at around 78 percent though. 

 

 

208 electronic pages; $6.00

New balance: $148.

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text 2017-07-14 16:38
Reading progress update: I've read 100%.
Astrophysics for People in a Hurry - Neil deGrasse Tyson

This was really short. I finished this at the 78% mark. I did like the information that Mr. deGrasse Tyson had in here. But I am going to say that some parts just totally went over my head. And I'm not going to lie some of this was just a tad bit boring to me.

 

208 electronic pages; $6.00

New balance: $148.

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text 2017-07-14 02:20
Reading progress update: I've read 8%.
Astrophysics for People in a Hurry - Neil deGrasse Tyson

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

 

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text 2017-07-12 20:25
Some Science Ideas from my Library
Astrophysics for People in a Hurry - Neil deGrasse Tyson
Storm in a Teacup: The Physics of Everyday Life - Helen Czerski
American Eclipse: A Nation's Epic Race to Catch the Shadow of the Moon and Win the Glory of the World - David Baron
Other Minds: The Octopus, the Sea, and the Deep Origins of Consciousness - Peter Godfrey-Smith
Gulp: Adventures on the Alimentary Canal - Mary Roach
The Botany of Desire: A Plant's-Eye View of the World - Michael Pollan
Dark Matter and the Dinosaurs: The Astounding Interconnectedness of the Universe - Lisa Randall
The Beak of the Finch: A Story of Evolution in Our Time - Jonathan Weiner
Darwin's Ghosts: The Secret History of Evolution - Rebecca Stott
The Age of Wonder: The Romantic Generation and the Discovery of the Beauty and Terror of Science (Vintage) - Richard Holmes

I know that there's been a suggestion that we read more science together; these are just some books my own library has that I think look interesting.

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text 2017-07-12 19:19
Booklikes-opoly: Turn 24!
Astrophysics for People in a Hurry - Neil deGrasse Tyson
Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistle Stop Cafe - Fannie Flagg
Fifty Shades of Grey - E.L. James

 

Crud. 


I am leery of rolling doubles. Last time I did that it almost kicked my butt. 


Means I am now at this space. 

 

 

Cool. Haven't landed her before or after the Big Shake Up. Hmm what books could I read?

 

Astrophysics for People in a Hurry by [deGrasse Tyson, Neil]

 

He is one of my favorite people to follow when it comes to science talk. His first and last names have the letters that make up TESLA. So this book counts. 

 


Sigh. I just swore. 


So next space is:

 

 

Dang it. I know I have landed on this since The Big Shake Up so multiplier rules are in effect. I previously read "The Girl Who Chased the Moon" for this space. 

 

 

Title details for Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistle Stop Cafe by Fannie Flagg - Available

 

No doubles, no doubles, no doubles:

 

 

Spot I landed on was:

 

 

Hmm. 

 

Title details for Fifty Shades of Grey by E L James - Available

 

Sigh. Forget it. May as well be totally angry for a few days while I force you all to read my pain as I try to finish this book. 

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