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Astrophysics for People in a Hurry - Neil deGrasse Tyson

Astrophysics for People in a Hurry

Hardcover Published: 2nd May 2017
ISBN: 9780393609394
Number Of Pages: 224

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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 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.

Industry Reviews

"The style is vintage Tyson - engaging, chatty and littered with historical and linguistic anecdotes..." -- Times Higher Education
"Certainly, if anyone can turn the public on to the subject [of astrophysics], it is Neil deGrasse Tyson... In an increasingly insular world, it is a welcome window onto a much bigger picture." -- The Sunday Times
"Tyson has told the story of our Universe magnificently in these 12 short chapters... 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." -- BBC Sky at Night
"Written in a conversational style, this [Astrophysics for People in a Hurry] provides an accessible and fascinating introduction to a mindbending subject." -- Summer's Hottest Reads 2017 - The Daily Mail
"Tyson is an entertaining writer with a startling imagination..." -- BBC Sky at Night
"Degrasse Tyson has a talent for making very complicated concepts seem simple, and the amount of content squeezed into one short volume is impressive. He certainly knows his stuff. It takes no time at all to romp through a chapter as the book is written with humour and his descriptions verge on the poetic." -- Chemistry World
"... this introductory guide to the mysteries of the cosmos is genuinely accessible." -- Summer Reading 2017 - The Sunday Times
"... [Astrophysics for People in a Hurry] is not quite astrophysics for dummies; while it is simplified, it is not simple. It is more a collection of the best and most thrilling moments; astrophysics' greatest hits." -- The Guardian
"At just over 200 pages, the book doesn't have all that much space to cover such an intensely complex topic, but DeGrasse Tyson manages it with aplomb. In fact, this collection of essays... toes the line between entertainment and interest brilliantly, never getting too bogged down in fine detail." -- How It Works
"Tyson is... the world's best science communicator." -- Times Literary Supplement
"All in all, this is a book I can heartily recommend to anyone, regardless of how much or how little they know about physics." -- Popular Science
"Finished @NeilTyson's mellifluous reading of Astrophysics for People in a Hurry. Lovely book. Last chapter worthy of Carl Sagan himself. " -- Richard Dawkins
"In Astrophysics for People in a Hurry, he [Neil deGrasse Tyson] shares his awe, encapsulating everything known about the universe in 12 brief chapters, and giving a memorable spin to standard facts." -- New Scientist
"This book topped the nonfiction charts in America: not only a measure of Tyson's standing as the popular face of space science in the US but also testimony to an admirably digestible introduction to a Big Subject." -- Books of the Year 2017: Science - The Times
"... he [deGrasse Tyson] somehow reveals a path through complex thought and theory in astrophysics for the reader, depositing enough detail to ponder upon, imploring us to consider possible answers to these confounding questions for ourselves." -- The 12 Books of Christmas 2017 - Sky at Night
"Another good pop science that's similar in tone is Astrophysics For People In A Hurry by long-time Stephen Hawking admirer, Neil Degrasse Tyson. It's a lot of fun to read and potentially even less complicated than An Briefer History Of Time. Still, the two books actually complement one another quite nicely." -- A Brief History of Books by Stephen Hawking and What You Should Read Next - Verdict

Very easy read


Very easy to read



Short, easy to consume primer on astrophysics


True to its title, if you want a quick primer on astrophysics and can't be bothered wading through a heft tome, then this might suit. It's written in a light, very easy to consume style that should avoid intimidating most people. Unfortunately it was a little quicker than I had expected, and seemed to just so back as touch on numerous topics that I was already familiar with - I guess a sign it was the wrong book for me, rather than being a bad book.



It gives such a great perspective, you just want to learn mo


Neil DeGrasse Tyson has done a brilliant job. Astrophysics for People in a Hurry is a book that expands your mind to the size of the universe itself. No PhD is needed, and you can sit under a lamp and read it with a coffee. I have recommended this book to several of my work colleagues, all of which that have enjoyed to book and passed it onto others. I wish there was more to it.

Townsville QLD, Australia


Very interesting read


I love astronomy, physics and Neil. Tyson's book is very well written, easy to understand and very interesting. He makes reading enjoyable with humour present throughout the book. Although, the first couple pages maybe difficult to follow, yet it still is very interesting.



Astrophysics Simplified


I loved this book. Once I picked it up, I couldn't put it down. I have no science background at all and found Neil deGrasse Tyson's writing so informative, intriguing and easy to follow. This booked has sparked an interest in Astrophysics for me - I highly recommend it!



Demanding and helpful if you have a science education


Astrophysics for the lay or science educated person in a hurry. Possibly not for everyone in a hurry who just wants an understanding of us and our place in the Cosmos.

Brisbane, Australia


The title says it all and delivers


Enlightenment in a subject of our place in time

Nth Qld


Rocket Man - Start Your Journey to the Stars


While it's an introduction into concepts and items that would take years to master, the author provides a thoroughly engaging and wonderful lay-man's explanation into the void. I would advise another to read slowly and take the time to appreciate and fully understand what you're consuming, as it is only with this knowledge that one will fully appreciate this book.

Melbourne, AU




Very useful and full of knowledge



Mind Blowing Book!


If you have an interest in the universe but do not know a lot about it, this is the book for you!




4.4 10


ISBN: 9780393609394
ISBN-10: 0393609391
Audience: General
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 224
Published: 2nd May 2017
Publisher: WW Norton & Co
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 19.0 x 12.0  x 2.0
Weight (kg): 0.27
Edition Number: 1

Neil deGrasse Tyson

About the Author

Neil deGrasse Tyson is an American astrophysicist, author, and science communicator. Since 1996, he has been the Frederick P. Rose Director of the Hayden Planetarium at the Rose Center for Earth and Space in New York City. He is the resident astrophysicist at with the American Museum of Natural History and is the host of the hit radio and TV show StarTalk, and the New York Times best-selling author of Astrophysics for People in a Hurry. He lives in New York City.

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