Astrophysics for People in a Hurry Review

Astrophysics for People in a Hurry ReviewAstrophysics for People in a Hurry by Neil deGrasse Tyson
on May 2nd 2017
Pages: 222

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.

Did any of you guys fall in love with Neil DeGrasse Tyson like I did when he hosted Cosmos? He reignited my love for science and that show was pretty amazing. So obviously, I couldn’t resist spending the 10 bucks to get the audible version of his newest release. This is basically a collection of essays Tyson has written over the years explaining the beginnings of astrophysics up to present day applications. And he narrates the audiobook himself! Perfection, right?


There are a combination of factors here that have caused me to enjoy and not enjoy this book. We will refer to this as the Schrödinger’s Cat of reviews. The only logical way to go about this then, is listing the pros and cons. 

Pro: NDT narrates. swoon

Con: His voice is so soothing I found myself lulled into a trance-like state half the time I was listening.

Pro: The history of Astrophysics is explained in 4 hours!

Con: There are a lot of facts and statistical data and over my head concepts squeezed into a short amount of time.

Pro: I felt intelligent listening to it. And I learned some pretty interesting facts. 

Con: I also felt not intelligent enough to listen to it, and can’t remember what happened in chapter 1.


So there ya go. I loved it. I hated it. I was changed by it, for sure. If nothing else, it is definitely an audiobook I can listen to in bed for years to come. Maybe by the time we figure out what dark matter really is, I will have grasped enough of the concepts to finally explain why it’s not matter or mass we don’t understand, it’s gravity!


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