11/28 2019

Astrophysics for People in a Hurry Neil deGrasse Tyson


This is a nice little science appetizer for those who are interested in the cosmos. It doesn't go in-depth with any of the concepts that it shares, but that's the point. It's more like a collection of possible routes of exploration. It does a good job at demonstrating how little we really know about our position in this universe, and it also takes the time to sneak in a little history lesson now and then. It was released in 2017 so it's not too outdated, which can be an important thing to consider when reviewing the frontier sciences. I really appreciated the ending that discussed the "cosmic perspective", and how an understanding of the greater picture can change our interaction with the scale of reality we are used to. I won't be re-reading this anytime soon, but that's because I would like to move onto more detailed discussions of astrophysics.

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