I really like Neil deGrasse Tyson’s approach to science. I’ve been a fan of his for a while. I enjoy the way that he makes so many big concepts easier to understand and I like the way he relates science to popular culture. I agree with his take on the importance of science literacy, especially in politics and for children. All of this makes up the reasons that I chose the read his latest book.
Astrophysics for People in a Hurry is a faster, more specific version of A Short History of Nearly Everything by Bill Bryson, which I consider the gold standard for approachable science writing. APH is a condensed version of Bryson’s book that focuses on only, well, astrophysics. APH discusses the history of the field while describing the actual science in terms that us laypersons can understand. The thing that I like best about this book, and NdT for that matter, is the absolute wonder with which he describes certain events and discoveries. NdT LOVES this subject and loves sharing it with others. He is fascinated by astrophysics and its contagious.
This review is short because so is the book. It’s a fast, easy to follow book that will leave you a little more educated. Also, NdT reads the audiobook himself which really improves the experience.