Astrophysics for People in a Hurry, Neil deGrasse Tyson

A 4*

“The power and beauty of physical laws is that they apply everywhere, whether or not you choose to believe in them. In other words, after the laws of physics, everything else is opinion.”

Caution, mild spoilers ahead.

I had a privilege to listen to this book on audible. And I must say, it is awesome to have Neil deGrasse Tyson as your personal guide in the complicated theories in the creation, the expansion and the functioning of the universe. And it is not opinions, but solid-proofed theories explained by one of the most know astrophysicists of our time. In other words, if you get this book in an audio version, you will have your Neil deGrasse Tyson whisper into your ear everything you need to know about our galaxy, our universe (and maybe even our multi-verse).

Astrophysics for People in a Hurry is a short, direct and interesting read. The book is so short that sometimes you will feel that the information given to you is too compressed, too dry. But that is about the only negative point in this book.

The difficult theories behind the functioning of our universe are explained to you in an easier and more understandable way, but you should have at least some basic knowledge in astronomy, physics, and chemistry to read this book. And when I say basic, I mean very basic. Knowing what a planet, a galaxy, an atom, a periodic table are, with some other stuff you learned in high-school and you are good to go.

And I will not get tired of saying this, but with the awesome voice of Neil deGrasse Tyson, with his easy way to explain things, and with his funny scientific jokes, the book is only getting more enjoyable with each page.

I am a bit late, reading the book 2 years after it got out, but I understand why it was one of the best books in 2017 on Goodreads. It was a science read of the year.

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