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

Warning! This is not for the faint of heart. Much like Astrophysics for Young People in a Hurry, this book breaks down the complicated subject of astrophysics into something that is a little more easily digestible. However, this could be considered a dense read for some. Also, there are no pictures in this one. You definitely should have “casually science-d” in your life before tackling this book. I do not recommend that you rush through this book, and maybe even pace yourself over some time so you can mull it all over. 

- Kim T

Check out the Audiobook

— From Singular September Staff Picks


Over a year on the New York Times bestseller list and more than a million copies sold.

The essential universe, from our most celebrated and beloved astrophysicist.

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.

About the Author

Neil deGrasse Tyson is an astrophysicist with the American Museum of Natural History, host of the hit radio and Emmy-nominated TV show StarTalk, and the New York Times best-selling author of Astrophysics for People in a Hurry and Accessory to War: The Unspoken Alliance Between Astrophysics and the Military. He lives in New York City.

Praise For…

Neil deGrasse Tyson makes a big bang with Astrophysics for People in a Hurry.

— Sloane Crosley

Tyson is a master of streamlining and simplification....taking mind-bogglingly complex ideas, stripping them down to their nuts and bolts, padding them with colorful allegories and dorky jokes, and making them accessible to the layperson

This book will keep you fascinated with succinct and dynamic explanations of a wide variety of astronomical topics. A winner that every astronomy enthusiast should have on the bookshelf!
— David J. Eicher

This may have been written for people in a hurry, but I urge you to take your time. It will all be over far too soon.

Engaging and illuminating.

Tyson manifests science brilliantly....[his] insights are valuable for any leader, teacher, scientist or educator.

Astrophysics for People in a Hurry will blow your is awesome.

Infectiously enthusiastic, humorous and, above all, accessible....reading Astrophysics for People in a Hurry is both a humbling and exhilarating experience.
Product Details
ISBN: 9780393609394
ISBN-10: 0393609391
Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company
Publication Date: May 2nd, 2017
Pages: 224
Language: English