Date finished: January 26, 2019
Astrophysics for People in a Hurry, Neil deGrasse Tyson
I tried to read Bill Bryson’s A Short History of Nearly Everything a few years ago, and I’m sorry to say I couldn’t get through it. The 500+-page tome offers information on an impressive range of topics, and while I found it interesting, I was overwhelmed by the sheer amount of knowledge therein. Tyson seems to have found a happy medium, and provides his own short-history-of-nearly-everything-to-do-with-astrophysics in the form of Astrophysics for People in a Hurry.
Tyson’s summation weighs in at just over 200 pages, and yet he somehow manages to touch on black holes, the Big Bang, the discovery and naming of planets, the Periodic Table and its elements, quarks and other microscopic particles, the search for extraterrestrial life, and more, in short, compact chapters that cover just enough information without making your eyes glaze over.
I really enjoyed this one and would recommend it to anyone interested in learning a little more (emphasis on little) about the astronomy and makeup of our world.
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