Astrophysics for People in a Hurry (Hardcover)

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I am a huge Neil DeGrasse Tyson fan, so when I saw this arrive at Off The Beaten Path I was so excited to read it and it is just as amazing as I had hoped!  If you are familiar with COSMOS the TV show reboot that Tyson hosts you are familiar with the “Celestial Calendar” that he travels along. Well, this book follows the same journey. Tyson takes us on a journey from the very beginning of our universe (January 1st) to the big bang (4 seconds into the calendar) to the formation of the milky way (2 weeks into the celestial calendar) to our present day (December 31st at midnight). Throughout, he breaks down the scientific aspects of life such as photons, quarks and light years, in a way that most cosmophiles or astrophiles could understand. If you’re in a hurry and interested in the cosmos check this book out!

If you enjoy this book you may also enjoy Cosmos and Pale Blue Dot by Carl Sagan. This is available as both an E-book and an Audiobook read by Tyson himself!

-Recommended by Virgie

— From May 2017 Staff Picks


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 mind-expanding questions than acclaimed astrophysicist and best-selling 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 tasty chapters consumable anytime and anywhere in your busy day.

While you wait for your morning coffee to brew, for the bus, the train, or a 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.

Product Details
ISBN: 9780393609394
ISBN-10: 0393609391
Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company
Publication Date: May 2nd, 2017
Pages: 224
Language: English