Justin’s #21 – Astrophysics for People in a Hurry, Neil deGrasse Tyson, 208 pages

The beauty of the universe is apparent in celebrity scientist Neil deGrasse Tyson’s book, “Astrophysics for People in a Hurry.” What is apparent about this little book (and I do mean little) is that it is definitely both palatable for the laymen and basic enough for even those without any education in science. To me, I found Tyson’s book to be more of a history of the universe then about “astrophysics” in particular.

The book begins with the big bang. With the latest information on this subject, Tyson explains how the universe began to evolve in the heat of the explosion that created everything, according to scientists. Other chapters are about varied topics such as dark matter, dark energy, and why the earth is not “round.” Overall, this book gives detailed explanations for some questions we might have.

Of course, Tyson is not without controversy. Much of what he talks about regarding the origins of the universe is not plain fact; it is a topic of some uncertainty. This is confusing when Tyson blatantly pokes fun at not just Christians, but all religious people close to the beginning of the book. This is curious to me. To suggest that a supernatural being creating the universe isn’t even possible is a little farfetched, to me. But I suppose you can’t expect much from how mired in secularism Tyson is.

But that doesn’t warrant a negative review to me. This book loses steam as it goes on and it really needs to be a book you read instead of listen to (as I did). 3/5.

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