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Astrophysics for People in a Hurry
Astrophysics for People in a Hurry | Neil deGrasse Tyson
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 mindexpanding 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 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."
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“We are stardust brought to life, then empowered by the universe to figure itself out—and we have only just begun.”
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(1)“During our brief stay on planet Earth, we owe ourselves and our descendants the opportunity to explore - in part because it's fun to do. But there's a far nobler reason.
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meenareads (2) The day our knowledge of the cosmos ceases to expand, we risk regressing to the childish view that the universe figuratively and literally revolves around us. In that bleak world, arms-bearing, resource-hungry people and nations would be prone to act on their 'low contracted prejudices.' 5mo
meenareads (3) And that would be the last gasp of human enlightenment - until the rise of a visionary new culture that could once again embrace, rather than fear, the cosmic perspective.”

With NASA releasing the images from James Webb Telescope, I fancied writing my thoughts on this as I started to ponder about my place in the universe and oomph, which this book alludes.
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meenareads (4) To me, professional supremacy is when one can enunciate the intricacies to a rookie. Neil DeGrasse Tyson, the renowned astrophysicist and Raj's nemesis in The Big Bang Theory, has done it in his book, Astrophysics For People in a Hurry. It was a while ago I listened to this, but the thoughts are afresh in my mind.

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meenareads (5) Narrated by the author, it was soothing as he reveals the sublime and the most exciting ideas in astrophysics. He weaves a story of the past, present, and future of the universe, with generous amounts of spirituality, humanity, and a cosmic perspective.

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meenareads (6) I am humbled, as I do not live simply in this universe, the universe lives within me.
I am grounded as I understood the universe doesn't have to make sense to me.
The whys, whats, and hows this gave me will take me on an un-ending journey to seek answers I know I will never find
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I don‘t think I learned much about astrophysics but I loved the emphasis on curiosity in thinking about life, space, and the universe. 🧬 🧫 🧪It was art and science colliding 🎨🎭🖌🖼 #book45of2022

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bnp Love the way you combine quotes & graphics. What app/software do you use? 9mo
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WJCintron WOW! This is beautiful! 9mo
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5feet.of.fury Love it! 9mo
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VeraNyx
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Short and informative

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peaches424
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Not bad

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Interesting book so far!

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Twainy
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🎧📚 I‘ll listen to this again & again!

A Brief History of Time was a little more involved & touched on higher science making complex theories & certain laws, constants, etc accessible to the average person. NDGT made it fun!

The book is a little less physics & a little more astronomy. We get the Big Bang, where elements came from, planets, a short discussion on dark matter & intersperses his science with a bit of pop culture.

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️1/2👇🏻

Twainy I recommend this if you don‘t know about any of these terms and are interested in learning plus you‘ll find that you will want to revisit this book a few times. Great narration!

STILL IN JUNE HERE 😆😫
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OriginalCyn620
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Before this book, all I knew about astrophysics came from watching The Big Bang Theory, but now I feel like I have a better grasp on the subject. NDT has a way of making things understandable, plus, his voice is awesome!

#bookspinbingo

TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!! 1y
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BeeMagical
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Book 50🎧
He has such a good voice for audio books🙌🏻 I loved that this was quick, to the point and made understandable to us common folk😂
Interesting to listen to this while also reading #everythingyouknowiswrong and see both opinions on human existence✨🌎

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I borrowed the audiobook to listen to on a road trip over the weekend and I got halfway through it before I was so bored I wasn't paying attention.

Megabooks I always think I‘ll like astrophysics books and I never end up enjoying them. 2y
Susanita Does he read the book? He has a lovely voice, but I can imagine it would be sleep inducing over a whole book. 2y
WorldsOkayestStepMom @Susanita he does read the book himself. 2y
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Tachie93
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Was recommended this book and loved it!

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Buchbeeg
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The perfect review for this book can be found at the link below https://www.decafjess.com/2017/08/astrophysics-for-people-in-hurry-by.html

Essentially she tells you that this book is overwhelming, and she is right. There is so much information and it comes so fast! So to read this book, don't be in a hurry. Sit down slowly read one chapter with a notebook and the time to think about what you've read. So much goodness 🌌

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⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ of 5! I listened to the audiobook, but I think ebook or physical would have been better because sometimes I missed a word or two and then I lost the meaning of the sentence. It's difficult to scrub back and forth when doing dishes and other chores (which is primarily when I read audiobooks). Even though it's "dumbed down" a bit, it's still a bit hard to grasp in places. Overall, very interesting.

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My very modest holiday haul:
One book from family (they know I will use cash to purchase what I want)
One Santa thing book
And two from #JolabokaflodSwap.

Now if only my November nyrb purchase would arrive!

BarbaraBB I got Dreamhouse too! 2y
Liz_M @BarbaraBB Nice! 2y
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“Astrophysics for People in a Hurry” is not as accessible as the title and blurb will have you believe. I didn‘t really understand anything and after persevering through the majority, I added this to my DNF pile. Sorry!

My full review is up on my blog now 📚

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This week's Nonfiction November prompt is to pair up nonfiction books with fiction books. Here are my pairs! 📚 Click the link in my bio to read the full post. #NonficNov #NonfictionNovember #Nonfiction #Fiction #BookPairings #Science #History #SciFi

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I love how accessible NDT makes this subject! He narrates in such an engaging way—the audiobook is the only way to fly! Yes, there were times I got temporarily lost in the chemistry, but he circles back for us non-pros.
I particularly liked how he wove the history of astronomy throughout; introduced readers to the ‘stars‘ of the interdisciplinary sciences😄; his clear analogies; his humor; and his reminder to take the “cosmic perspective.” ❤️

Chrissyreadit @Ireadkidlit I need your email please. Send it to Chrissyreadit@Gmail.com 2y
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zezeki
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Reading about space fascinates and scares me at the same time, and this book wasn't an exception. Tyson explained foundation of astrophysics in a simple, interesting and easy to understand way, and the final chapter ended on an unexpected note. This was my #Sun prompt read for #Leo. ☀️🦁♌ #ReadYourSign @Clwojick @Meaw_catlady

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Happy Launch 🚀 Day! I need to give this another listen. 🎧

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Can't say I loved this one, it's full of interesting facts and information about the universe, however I would prefer a little bit more structure and depth into some of the topics (I guess I shouldn't expect much given the title). It's a good read nonetheless.

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TamTracy
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Sheesh! That was a LOT of information in a short amount of time. I enjoyed reading this one. It‘s all so interesting. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

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“During our brief stay on planet Earth, we owe ourselves and our descendants the opportunity to explore - in part because it‘s fun to do. But there is a far nobler reason. The day our knowledge of the cosmos ceases to expand, we risk regressing to the childish view that the universe figuratively and literally revolves around us.”

#QuotsyApr20 | 23: #Globe

📷: Made with Typorama

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This is FINALLY off my currently reading lists! Took a #plaguebreak but I finished a book from a reading challenge I didn't finish in 2018. Yet ANOTHER book that was totally different at the end, but I still remember what most of this book was like.

Funny and accessible language, but takes too much time and concentration to read.

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#manicmonday #letterA

Astrophysics for People in a Hurry
Issac Asimov
Annie
Ace of Base
About A Girl (Nirvana)

JoScho Oh yes Ace of Base! (edited) 3y
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danibel
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Currently listening (while playing hours and hours of Animal Crossing: New Horizons)

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wanderinglynn
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A succinct book for a crash course in astrophysics. This book made me wish I had taken more science classes. Sadly, I was turned off of science at a young age. But I‘m trying to make up for that. I treated this book like a text book & underlined and flagged parts to go back to.

And 2 birds — #fancifulfebruary & a good start to #24B4Monday Although that time doesn‘t include the half hour or so this morning as I forgot to start timing.

wanderinglynn Ah, I meant 3 birds 🤦🏼‍♀️ because this was my first #bookspin book for February. @TheAromaofBooks 3y
TheAromaofBooks Nice!! I love nonfiction books that make a topic accessible and interesting. 3y
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😬 I get that he‘s trying to add a touch of levity. But for an erudite book, on astrophysics no less, this made my teeth hurt.

squirrelbrain Oof, me too! 3y
julesG Editing oversight? 3y
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wanderinglynn @julesG no, I think it was deliberate. I think he meant to add some levity, some lightness to what is a fairly complex topic. 3y
julesG It's still weird 3y
BethanysBookBox Now I have to look up erudite. 3y
wanderinglynn @BethanysBookBox it means scholarly 3y
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“Looking more closely at Earth‘s atmospheric fingerprints, human biomarkers will also include sulfuric, carbonic, and nitric acids, and other components of smog from the burning of #fossil fuels. If the curious aliens happen to be socially, culturally, and technologically more advanced than we are, then they will surely interpret these biomarkers as convincing evidence for the absence of intelligent life on Earth.” #QuotsyFeb20

julesG 😂😢👍 3y
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#firstlinefridays one of my #bookspin reads for February.

I also had to include the opening quote. 😂❤️🌌

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I had 2 NF books on my #bookspin TBR. Guess what numbers they were? 😂🎲😂

Clearly the universe thinks I need to increase my NF reading from 1 book a month.

Thanks Sarah for hosting such a fun TBR event!

First up, NDT!

#bookspin #doublespin

Deblovestoread Both are on my TBR. I look forward to your reviews 👍🏼 3y
TheAromaofBooks HA! The #BookSpin gods have spoken! 😂 At least they look like fun ones. I'll look forward to hearing your thoughts! 3y
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Hazel2019 😆 great quote! 3y
TK-421 ❤️ 3y
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Buchbeeg
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Decisions, decisions..... I keep widdling down my B&N stack but I keep picking more books up as I put more away.....

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Lindy
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These are my favourite nonfiction in audio format from the past decade. Except for the titles I had to strike because I had too many... #top10ofthedecade #nonfictionedition #audiobookedition

Cinfhen Wow!!! I‘m so pleased you broke your books down into categories 👏🏼👏🏼👏🏼👏🏼👏🏼👏🏼 once more tagging @BarbaraTheBibliophage and @Megabooks and now im off to research titles I‘m not familiar with!! Thanks again for your thoughtfulness. Loved seeing your lists!!!!! 3y
Megabooks Thanks for the tag @Cinfhen !! Definitely screenshotted both 👍🏻👍🏻 3y
Lindy @Cinfhen 😘😘😘 3y
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sdbruening

The cosmic perspective reminds us that in space where there is no air, a flag will not wave. An indication that perhaps flag waving and space exploration do not mix.

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We do not simply live in this universe; the universe lives within us.

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We are stardust brought to life, then empowered by the universe to figure itself out. And we have only just begun.

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The author is an excellent reader! But even a summary of astrophysics is hard for me to digest through ears (audiobook) instead of slowly through eyes. I did still learn some cool concepts. Even after listening to the science of astrophysics it‘s still so hard for me to fathom that it sounds like science fiction. Love his summary at the end about having cosmic perspective.

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LadyCait84
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A fast, fun read for those who are curious about such things but, you know, majored in English and History (or other non-science subjects).

Favorite quote: Personally, I am quite comfortable with chemicals, anywhere in the universe. My favorite stars, as well as my best friends, are all made of them.”

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Currently listening! Great book and plenty of insight into our universe :)

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wanderinglynn
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Trying to read as I wait for the next ferry to Seattle to go to an interview. Not sure I picked the best book to read right now as my mind is a bit scattered.

Bookwormjillk Good luck with your interview! 3y
Suet624 Good luck! Look at the water and breathe deeply. 😁 3y
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Dragon Best of luck with your interview 🤞 3y
Lcsmcat Good luck! 🍀 3y
RvnclawWhovian Good luck!! 3y
Graciouswarriorprincess Good luck with your interview! 3y
AmyK1 Good luck! 3y
Catsandbooks Good luck! 🍀 3y
Lindy 🍀 3y
EricJames1 My dad loved that book! 3y
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CarmelFaith

Genre: Non-Fiction
Date Started: September 14, 2019
Date Completed: October 16, 2019

How I chose/found this book: I found this book while searching for books to read since I needed a book and then it caught my attention because it looked interesting.

Summary: This book wasn't really about a story but about facts of the universe and space. It had taught me all kinds of things about outer space. For example, it taught me about the big bang.

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wen4blu
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I listened to this one while #audiogardening, but feel like I missed a lot. Since it‘s only 4 hours long, I may give it another listen when I‘m not as distracted by never-ending weeds.

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BenFringuello
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They say that someone isn‘t a true expert in something unless they can explain it at a middle school level. NDT Does just that. I have learned so much just from this book and it has made me excited to learn more about astrophysics. I can listen to a news story on the radio about some new discovery in space now and actually keep up and know what they are talking about. It‘s been a long time since I was this excited to learn about science!Good read!

BenFringuello Additionally, this book might make you feel small and insignificant at first once you start thinking how big the universe is and how tiny we are, but as he explains, once you start to learn more about the workings of the universe and our place in it, you begin to feel a lot more comfortable knowing that our search for knowledge of the ever expanding universe is helping us to advance our life, not making us feel smaller. 3y
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I love how he writes in layman terms and his passion comes across at all times. He did a cool breakdown of the elements in the periodic table ... who knew that could be so amazing! And the last chapter is absolutely amazing ... part science, part philosophy, part theory.

Neat fact. All the street lights in Tucson, Arizona glow orange because they use low sodium bulbs because it's easyier for telescopes to filter that light out of images.