A Review of Astrophysics for People in a Hurry
Book by: Neil Degrasse Tyson
Quote of the Day:
“We are stardust brought to life, then empowered by the universe to figure itself out—and we have only just begun.”
― Neil deGrasse Tyson, Astrophysics for People in a Hurry
Astrophysics from the man himself
I listened to the audiobook very passively while exploring Vancouver.
Neil Degrasse Tyson is one of the better scientists to listen to on the internet, so it was a thrill to listen to him describe the universe.
The book starts off with the theoretical beginnings of the universe, and how everything formed, step by step. From energy, into particles, into atoms, into matter, stars, planets, etc.
That first section gets slightly more difficult than you would assume, since he throws in physics terms (leptons, muons, bosons, strong magnetic, weak magnetic). This was confusing even for myself, who reads this stuff on a regular basis, and still hasn’t quite grasped the concepts.
The Darkness of the Universe
Nonetheless, Neil attempts to explain, in the most basic terms, all of the current discoveries in the cosmos… which includes theories into dark matter, and dark energy.
Neil conjectures (not from his own research of course), that dark energy could be linked to esoteric theories such as multiple universes, or exotic matter or physics. This has been a theory for a few decades now.
We Are Learning So Much, So Fast
Yet within just a few months of this book being released, there is already more plausible evidence of what dark energy could be. The new theory states that ‘dark energy’ is super-fast contractions and expansions of gravity due to particles in deep space.
This is a testament to how rapidly humans are uncovering the universe thanks to the rapid sharing of information, and super computer models.
Basically, if you have a few hours within a day, then you should listen to Neil explain the universe, and the lasts explanations to the planets, stars, galaxies and the universe.
4.5/5 (0.5 deducted because of the confusing section about particles in the beginning).