I’ve seen this book pop up on other peoples lists and was intrigued. From what I have seen of Neil DeGrasse Tyson, I have enjoyed and figured if anyone could deliver such dense material he could. I was also on the hunt for an audiobook to offset the physical reading I was doing and was VERY happy he narrated it himself. Such a wonderful voice to listen to!
I’m not sure if my retention is high for this book. While it was interesting, I kept thinking “is this going to be on the test?” as if I was reading (listening to) a Cliffs Notes intro to Astrophysics. I think it was a commendable feat to attempt to chomp down on information that seems so far outside the universe of discourse for many people. I would totally recommend this book for budding Astrophysicists! It definitely gives an abridged view of what one would be studying if they embarked on that path.
My biggest take away is that astrophysicists love spheres! Like he talked alot about the shape of spheres being the most efficient vehicle. But yeah, if you were curious to read this book, I highly recommend the audio version…unless there are neat pictures I am missing from the physical book!
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A Working Theory of Love, By Scott Hutchins: 190 pages so far
Astrophysics for People in a Hurry, By Neil deGrasse Tyson: 3h, 41m equal to 244 pages (according to Amazon)
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I hear you Daniela– sometimes the nonfiction science books try very hard to NOT be a textbook but end up feeling that way– spheres are pretty amazing and when you start to unpack that, they really are everywhere!
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This is on my list too, Daniela, and for me there WILL be a quiz so I’d better study up. My son is studying astrophysics at Berkeley–something about the origin of galaxies–and I thought that if I read Astrophysics for People in a Hurry I’ll have a fighting chance at understanding what my kid is talking about. I’d better dive into it since I’m going out to visit him in two weeks. Actually, we usually talk about what’s for dinner when he’s at home, or how ridiculous it is that we left California for the Arctic Circle of Western New York. And I totally agree about Neil deGrasse Tyson’s voice– we listened to his podcast, StarTalk, driving across the country two summers ago.
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Nadia, that’s amazing! Both that your son is studying astrophysics and that you are actively trying to relate to his course of study. I look forward to hearing how this book is in paper form and of any interesting conversations that may arise.