Astrophysics for People in a Hurry - Neil de Grasse Tyson

Astrophysics for People in a Hurry

By Neil de Grasse Tyson

  • Release Date: 2017-05-02
  • Genre: Physics
Score: 4.5
From 1,474 Ratings


Over a year on the New York Times bestseller list and more than a million copies sold.

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 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 tasty chapters consumable anytime and anywhere in your busy day.

While you wait for your morning coffee to brew, for the bus, the train, or a 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.


  • Not too big, not too small- just right

    By Menasha-man
    An encapsulation of a complex subject done with clarity, organization and technical restraint. Well done, and appreciated!
  • Review

    By tydycoolness
    This book is entirely well written and a pleasure to read. I enjoyed the insight on DeGrasse Tyson’s opinions and beliefs surrounding these somewhat well-known theories. Overall a beautiful book.
  • Simple yet invaluable

    By Sabbanco1
    Easy to read and understand.
  • Interesting But Poorly Written

    By jteppinette
    There are some interesting pieces of information and good history lessons, but the writing is very dull and feels like it’s written by someone who loves to hear themself talk.
  • Disappointing

    By King Beagle
    Spent too much telling the reader about his political beliefs. Very disappointing.
  • From the Beginning

    By Richard Bakare
    I have believed for sometime now that mankind has suffered from a crisis of meaning for some time that has fed and deepened a general disconnectedness among us. No religion, social structure, or economic incentives are enough to bind us all universally. It may be that we need to look to the universe and our place in it to find that connective tissue and define a comprehensive mission towards understanding it better that can evoke a meaning to being like nothing else. Neil DeGrasse Tyson’s primer on Astrophysics triggers this reflective philosophical thinking. It reminds you how little we know of our Earth and Universe and ultimately ourselves. From the beginning of everything to what we know now and the scientific process that filled in the gaps along the way. We learn that everything that makes us what we are is what makes the bodies of the universe what they are as well. Making us a part of a bigger picture; an image of existence so large we cannot see it all at once. These sorts of ideas and the 101 instruction on astrophysics makes this a must for anyone who loves science or wants to dive deeper in it without melting their brain. The audio format is perhaps the best so you can enjoy Tyson’s documentarian smooth radio voice and candor on all manner of topics. In a world where science and scientific research are under attack, it helps to have tools like this for arming yourself ahead of your next debate. More importantly, a bigger perspective on what we have in common more than what divides us.
  • Life changing

    By Nolan Ch
    Get ready to change your view on the world, or better yet, the universe.
  • Should I change careers

    By ABTX77
    Give me more of this.
  • Fantastic!

    By MW1920382
    A great book for thinkers!
  • Tough, but worth it

    By Menyo
    For those who have no prior expertise in astrophysics (like myself), this book is a tough read. But, it is still great!! While some of the topics and subjects you may not understand right off the bat, with a couple extra minutes of re-reading the material, you will begin to understand enough to get you through the book. It is 100% worth it and really explains the basis of the universe and puts the universe in great perspective!