Staff Picks: Astrophysics for People in a Hurry

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Staff Picks: Astrophysics for People in a Hurry

Anne
by: Anne
Posted October 3, 2017 | Staff Picks


It is hard for me to accurately describe how much I adore space. Everything about it, from the vastness to the composition of stars, has always fascinated me. That has mainly manifested itself in a love for all things science fiction, but luckily for me and everyone else who loves space, Neil deGrasse Tyson has stepped in to explain in a clear, succinct way the basics of how the universe works (as we understand it right now).

“Astrophysics for People in a Hurry” does an excellent job going over everything from black holes to the history of Earth. Tyson uses eloquent language that even those who last learned about the stars back in high school can understand. His excellent presentation of the fundamentals of astrophysics has given me a great gift: knowledge about the universe without having to pay for a degree in astrophysics. While always informative, Tyson is funny and emotional — I actually shed a tear at one point, which is not exactly expected when you’re reading about science!

This is a great introduction to astrophysics for people looking to dip their toes into the waters of the universe and for those looking for fun facts to discuss with others. Tyson is a true heir to Carl Sagan, and he brings his enthusiasm and understanding to this relatively small (only 222 pages) tome.

You can put “Astrophysics for People in a Hurry” on hold through our catalog. While you wait, be sure to check out the suggestions for other reads in the ‘You Might Also Like These …’ section of the catalog. Or spend some time learning about the universe in another way with “Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey” available on DVD or Blu Ray.