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review 2017-08-21 00:39
A bit over my head!
Astrophysics for People in a Hurry - Neil deGrasse Tyson

Astrophysics for People in a Hurry, Neil deGrasse Tyson, author

The book is very readable, but perhaps not very comprehensible. As the author attempts to explain the entirety of the astrophysical world, it made one thing very clear to me. I was not up to the task. He begins his book citing the earliest scientists and the earliest theories, and he pronounces them as the only sure things, the only provable reality. It may be so, but as the pages turned, I realized another reality, most of his information was going right over my head into the astrophysical world he was describing. Like air and water, hopefully, the information would someday be recycled and retrieved in the same way he explains that water and air return.

Although it is written in short chapters, with easy to read sentences, and most of the theories presented have stood the test of time, like those of Albert Einstein and Issac Newton, and the inventions of Hubble and Kepler which are still front and center in scientific circles, too many years have passed between the present and the past in which I was privy to the study of astronomy, chemistry, biology and physics. I was never a scholar in those fields, but rather was more of a voyeur. So, while I may remember certain terms like comets, asteroids, bacteria, electrons, atoms, neutrinos, and ions, I sure don’t have fluency in the science of pulsars or quarks, nor did I ever hear of panspermia before. While I remember loving learning about the periodic chart, I did not remember most of the elements he introduced. I remember the more common ones like carbon, hydrogen, sodium and helium, among others, even remembering their chemical symbols, but I never heard of thorium, technetium or gallium.

My summation of the book is that while it was not a chore to read, it really is meant for someone who wants to get a bird’s eye view of the subject, someone who simply wants to review what he once knew well. This book is not a crash course, it is the “after the course” review.

The book is written with so much humor that I was encouraged to continue reading, even as I realized I was a lost cause. The astrophysics I was learning could fit into a thimble with the millions of other molecules residing there joining me!

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review 2017-08-03 15:50
Astrophysics for People in a Hurry - Neil deGrasse Tyson

What a great book! Tyson is one of a rare breed, a genius in astrophysics with a sense of humor that can explain very compex topics so that even a toad could understand. Ok, maybe that is an exaggeration but you get my meaning. This book only tickles the surface of current theory and knowledge of the universe, but it does it in a way that makes you hungry for more. Tyson has been called a rock star of science and rightly so. He knows how to draw you in and get you excited to learn more. But he is not too full of himself as you will see in the last chapter.

Highly recommended!!

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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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