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Astrophysics for People in a Hurry

Written by: Neil deGrasse Tyson
Narrated by: Neil deGrasse Tyson
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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 bestselling 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 digestible chapters consumable anytime and anywhere in your busy day.

While waiting for your morning coffee to brew, or while waiting for the bus, the train, or the 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.

©2017 Neil DeGrasse Tyson (P)2017 Blackstone Audio, Inc.

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make the world smart again.

The best. Well researched well written well read. doing Carl Sagan proud. Buy this book.

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great audio book.

good naration. lots of content. will need to listen to it again

some chapters are heavier on the science than others, but all very insightful

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Great

loved it, sill listen again for sure. easy to follow along but with enough questions raised to investigate more.

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Alright starter for beginners

I got this because NDT was the speaker.
I also had the book but lacked sufficient time to complete it.
This book is a decent toe dipping into the ocean of Astrophysics.
I don’t recommend this to folks who have seen or heard NDT speak before,as you will find it repetitive.
But i enjoyed it.
Just a bit shorter than i would have liked.


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Great book!

loved the book helped me get a basic understanding of astrophysics now I can move onto more advanced books.

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The universe is awe-inspiring

The book was fascinating, often funny, and perfectly narrated, but the last chapter was especially powerful. Neil puts into words how thinking about the cosmos has always made me feel: small and insignificant in the best way, putting into perspective petty human squabbles, but also showing how interconnected we are with all of creation. It's a moving spiritual experience that I imagine is similar to how religious folks feel when contemplating God. I never knew other people felt this way about the cosmos, so it was shocking to hear Neil voicing my private thoughts and feelings better than I ever could.

Another bonus is that I'm very fascinated with the idea of intelligent alien life and what their existence could tell us about ourselves, which Neil also touches on that in the second-to-last chapter.

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if you're interested in science, this is awesome.

fantastic. hard to listen to at 2x speed, but very informative. if you're into physics and space, this is great.

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A beautiful work that makes you really think

Very enjoyable. Made me pause and think many times. Beautifully read by DeGrasse Tyson. He explains these concepts with insight and understanding. A must read. Don't be frightened to rewind and relisten to parts of this as not everything is straight forward, despite only skimming the surface.

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A wonderful nutshell about a complicated subject.

I was hesitant to start this book but I'm happy I did. Writer/narrator's pacing and humour kept me entertained and smiling throughout while teaching me so much. Thank you for this portal to astrophysics.

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What a great and wonderous read!

Everyone should at least read the final chapter on cosmic perspective- especially our world leaders.

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