Review: Astrophysics for People in a Hurry

Astrophysics for People in a Hurry

Neil deGrasse Tyson

Publisher: W.W. Norton & Company
Publication date: 2-May-2017
Date Finished: 17-Jun-2017
Format: Hardback
Pages: 222
Genres: Nonfiction, Astrophysics, Astronomy, Science, Space
ISBN: 9780393609394
Source: Book event
Reading Challenges: Goodreads Reading Challenge


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.”



In April I went to an event in St Louis to see Neil deGrasse Tyson. At the event, I received a signed copy of this lovely small volume. I also heard Dr. Tyson speak about very fascinating topics, the cosmos. It was a wonderful event that I would definitely recommend to those who admire Dr. Tyson and space!

As for the book itself, “Astrophysics for People in a Hurry,” it was a very well written slender volume of scientific fact. At times I had to reread segments that at first were a bit over my head, but when reading over it again I understood Tyson’s explanation. Tyson is excellent at explaining complicated subjects in a way that is not demeaning or dumbed down for the reader.

There isn’t much to say on this book as it is a very small volume, but it is packed full of interesting topics (from within Astrophysics). Overall, I recommend this to any interested in the world of Astrophysics and understanding how life began.

About the Author

“Neil deGrasse Tyson was born and raised in New York City where he was educated in the public schools clear through his graduation from the Bronx High School of Science. Tyson went on to earn his BA in Physics from Harvard and his PhD in Astrophysics from Columbia.

Tyson’s professional research interests are broad, but include star formation, exploding stars, dwarf galaxies, and the structure of our Milky Way. Tyson obtains his data from the Hubble Space Telescope, as well as from telescopes in California, New Mexico, Arizona, and in the Andes Mountains of Chile.”



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