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  • Hardcover: 224 pages
  • Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company; 01 edition (2 Jun. 2017)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0393609391
  • ISBN-13: 978-0393609394
  • Product Dimensions: 12.2 x 2.3 x 19.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars 83 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 456 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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"...the true gem of this book is how he [Tyson] posits these phenomena; he somehow reveals a path through complex thought and theory in astrophysics for the reader, depositing enough detail to ponder upon, imploring us to consider possible answers to these confounding questions for ourselves."

--Books of the Year, BBC Sky at Night Magazine

"The style is vintage Tyson - engaging, chatty and littered with historical and linguistic anecdotes."

--Times Higher Education

"Certainly, if anyone can turn the public on to the subject [of astrophysics], it is Neil deGrasse Tyson... In an increasingly insular world, it is a welcome window onto a much bigger picture."

--The Sunday Times

"By the fourth page we are only a trillionth of a second into the history of the universe, but our guide is rattling along at full speed...Tyson is[...]the world's best science communicator."

--Times Literary Supplement

"Its success reflects a broader appetite around the world for science told with passion and conviction, outside of high school textbooks."

--The Guardian

"DeGrasse Tyson undoes the yawn-inducing effect of school science classes...The joy of this book is not just the awesome, sometimes baffling, subject matter, but deGrasse Tyson's warmth and humanity."

--Irish Independent

"Written in a conversational style, this provides an accessible and fascinating introduction to a mind-bending subject."

--Daily Mail

"Degrasse Tyson has a talent for making very complicated concepts seem simple, and the amount of content squeezed into one short volume is impressive. He certainly knows his stuff. It takes no time at all to romp through a chapter as the book is written with humour and his descriptions verge on the poetic...If you already like space or Degrasse Tyson, you will like this book."

--Chemistry World

"...[an] essential guide to the universe...It's accessible and eminently readable in Carlo Rovelli vein."

--The Bookseller

"...Tyson is a hugely engaging and charismatic teacher."

--The Sunday Times

"Tyson is an excellent communicator. He speaks plainly and engages his audience with a keen wit and references to popular culture....Consider Astrophysics for People in a Hurry as a taster menu of a dozen courses, each serving a small morsel, a nugget, of knowledge to relish and to share."

--BookWitty

"This collection of essays...toes the line between entertainment and interest brilliantly, never getting too bogged down in fine detail...an excellent collection and well worth your time - even if you're in a hurry."."

--How It Works Magazine

"Masterly...A sublime introduction to some of the most exciting ideas in astrophysics that will leave readers wanting more."

--Kirkus Reviews

From the Inside Flap

There's no better guide through mind-expanding questions such as what the nature of space and time is, how we fit within the universe, and how the universe fits within us than 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 digestible chapters consumable any time and anywhere in the busy day. Astrophysics for People in a Hurry reveals 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.

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