Astrophysics for People in a Hurry: Book Review

Regan Mies, Editor

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For something a little bit different, I’m starting off the school year by recommending a non-fiction! In fact, I’m recommending a collection of essays about science—astrophysics in particular. No, wait! Don’t stop reading! Even though astrophysics may sound intimidating, I promise it’s really pretty cool. Neil DeGrasse Tyson is a huge name in the scientific community and has been busy popularizing astronomy and the relatively new field of astrophysics through recent years. He compiled Astrophysics for People in a Hurry so that those of us who are curious about the universe and its parts—but maybe not passionately involved in its happenings—are able to gather a solid understanding.

Neil DeGrasse Tyson writes about topics like cosmic microwave background, dark matter, and the cosmological constant in ways that I feel I can understand entirely. His tone is conversational and energetic, and his essays brim with witty metaphors and explanations. Through the first few chapters, I found it a little difficult to wrap my head around the piles of facts that were pouring out of Tyson’s pages, but as I continued reading, I found myself adapting to the constant flow of information so that I could better retain and enjoy it. Now, I can easily say I feel smarter for having read Astrophysics for People in a Hurry. If you’ve ever wondered what’s really going on out in deep space, if aliens really could exist, or how the Big Bang went down, this is a book for you.

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