Astrophysics for People in a Hurry

Version: Unabridged
Author: Neil DeGrasse Tyson
Narrator: [No Narrators Added]
Genres: Science & Technology
Publisher: Blackstone Audiobooks
Published In: May 2017
# of Units: 3 CDs
Length: 3 hours, 41 minutes
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Overview

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 mindexpanding questions than acclaimed astrophysicist and bestselling 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 digestible chapters consumable anytime and anywhere in your busy day. While waiting for your morning coffee to brew, or while waiting for the bus, the train, or the 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.

Reviews (30)

Written by Simone P. on February 18th, 2021

  • Book Rating: 5/5

I love this guy!! It’s an amazing book.

Written by Philip H. on February 17th, 2021

  • Book Rating: 4/5

I enjoyed Cosmos more as it discussed many more topics and explained the concepts better. This book is shorter and many terms and concepts are still too complex. I always enjoy watching Neil DeGrasse Tyson on TV, esp on Cosmos, as he has a bigger than life personality, so happy he narrated the book.

Written by jzmcdaisy2112 on January 18th, 2021

  • Book Rating: 3/5

I really enjoyed the digestibility of this book. Lately it seems that all I can do is work, sleep, write some and dick around on the internet. I'm also coming closer to an ADD diagnosis, so listening to this book on audio was a big help for me. I've always been a person of words and I always will be, so my cashier-level math skills weren't turned off by this book. Tyson outlines and explains the Big Bang, quasars, dark matter, dark energy, chemistry, aliens, and more topics in a very palatable way. It left me wanting more, and he says at the beginning that this book is a syllabus to advance my reading of astrophysics. We live in a very bizarre universe that's worth exploring, and he outlines the billions of years of history, ideas, and scientific theories that comprise its nature. I've always been fascinated by the Big Bang and the birth and the nature of the universe. Being raised religious only raised my fascination, as seven days of creation fucked up by a talking Disney snake was never a satisfying explanation for why everything exists. Tyson explains, first and foremost, that the true and much more interesting process was made of random cataclysms between particles over the course of billions of years. My child brain sighed in relief that the stars wouldn't send me to hell for being gay. In the beginning but more so at the end, Tyson explains how our selfish prejudices hold us back from a cosmic understanding. I enjoyed his idea that the cosmos that should comfort us rather than shrink us, and we should feel like a part of the ballroom instead of shying away into its corners. This book was short and digestible, and left me wanting more. Astrophysics for People in a Hurry is a great starter book for those looking to explore our understanding of the universe even more.

Written by Joseph H. on December 8th, 2020

  • Book Rating: 4/5

covered the big topics they mention on Big Bang Theory. He has a good sense of humor

Written by Davide M. on December 4th, 2020

  • Book Rating: 3/5

I love Neil DeGrasse Tyson, but his reading of his book can put youto sleep Make sure you’re paying full attention because missing a phrase or two can get you totally lost.

Written by Ken A. on October 26th, 2020

  • Book Rating: 5/5

This a GREAT appetizer into the wonderful world of Astrophysics I'm now hungry to learn so much more!!!

Written by Lauren C. on July 15th, 2020

  • Book Rating: 5/5

Worth a re-listen

Written by Justin S. on April 18th, 2020

  • Book Rating: 5/5

Interesting. Although over my head my bit, got a good understanding of how everything came together

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Written by Steve M. on February 4th, 2020

  • Book Rating: 5/5

Neil explains the concepts very top-line but ALL of the root concepts are there. YES it goes fast but... read the title. It is SO great to have a scientist lay out the salient points to get familiar with a heady topic quickly. I think all readers (listeners) know they are only getting the tip of the tip of the iceberg... but... it is SOOoooo cool.

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Written by Corrie G. on August 16th, 2019

  • Book Rating: 5/5

Neil DeGrasse Tyson is the David Attenborough if the cosmos, this book is not added to the list of things you must experience to really know your place in the universe.

Author Details

Author Details

Tyson, Neil DeGrasse

Neil D. Tyson is research scientist in astrophysics at Princeton University and Curator of Astronomy, Hayden Planetarium, American Museum of Natural History. A graduate of the Bronx High School of Science in New York City, Dr. Tyson received his B.A. in Physics from Harvard and his Ph.D. in Astrophysics from Columbia. He is author of the question-and-answer book "Merlin's Tour of the Universe," published by Columbia University Press