Astrophysics for People in a Hurry by Neil deGrasse Tyson | Book Review

December 18th 2017 – January 3rd 2018
★★★★☆

I did this book as an audiobook starting in mid-December, and I really enjoyed it. I don’t think that you can really do spoilers for a non-fiction work like this, so I’ll tag it with spoilers just in case.

I found this book really enjoyable. Since it’s read by the author, it felt more like a podcast than a book. This book is also very casual, and because of that I think it made it more fun as an audiobook. It was definitely an interesting experience to listen to some astrophysics talk at 7:00 in the morning on the way to work.

Simultaneously, one of my favorite and least favorite things about this book was its informality. This book seems to be written more for people who have been out of school for a while, and haven’t gone into a scientific field. I don’t fall into that demographic, but I still really enjoyed it. It built up a large foundation of basic information at the beginning, and then followed up that with things that aren’t known. I went into this expecting a bit more addition on my current (albeit small) foundation of science knowledge.

I would like to try some of his other work this year to see if I like that a bit better than this one, and see if that is more challenging to get through.

-Siobhan