Never ever would I have thought that one day I would voluntarily read a book about astrophysics (or understand much of it), but here I am: I read Astrophysics for People in a Hurry and I enjoyed it a lot.
Honestly I cannot write a review of this book, since I do not know enough of the subject to feel comfortable to make an attempt of a review. So instead I will heartily recommend it.
We do not simply live in this universe. The universe lives within us.
It was nice to be able to read something so out of my comfort zone and realize that I can enjoy a book despite the difficult science.
We had been watching Cosmos: Possible Worlds, a documentary series hosted by astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson so that and the previous Cosmos series definitely made it a bit easier to start reading Astrophysics for People in a Hurry. Funny thing is that I had actually bought this book for my husband as a gift but he found it to be too basic since he was somewhat more familiar with the subject. I suddenly found the book on our bookshelf this spring and I knew this would be a good time to read it.
Why would this spring be a good timing? It’s been stressful, frustrating and scary so wouldn’t a fluffy comfort book be something that I would have preferred to read? Yes, I have definitely read some of those books that are really easy on your brain, and likely comfort books will be the majority of books I’ll read this year. But the thing is that I needed a reminder of perspective, so reading about our complex universe was perfect for that purpose.
Astrophysics for People in a Hurry reminded me of how far we have come (our planet, us humans, everything), despite all the odds. Really, what are the odds that we are here in this modern day? It helps me to have perspective of past challenges that have been overcome and that journey that has lead us to this very day. The perspective serves also as a reminder of how small we are here on our tiny planet and how short our time is on this Earth. There is some unexpected comfort there that I can’t quite explain. It brings humility, especially now when it’s easy to get lost in our every day worries.
I was really happy that Neil deGrasse Tyson used simple enough explanations, examples and humor to guide someone like me through the book. In no way am I saying that I understood everything perfectly, but I understood most and can honestly say that really read the whole book and paused many times to think and discuss matters I wasn’t sure about with my husband. It was very amusing to him, but he was happy to (for once) discuss science with me. 🙂
I felt happy and more at ease after I read Astrophysics for People in a Hurry. Perhaps it was a comfort book after all, just a bit different from the ones I would usually read for comfort.
Astrophysics for People in a Hurry fills these prompts from the two Reading Challenges I’m doing this year:
A book that you have prejudice against (Helmet Reading Challenge)
The prejudice was that I wouldn’t be able to understand enough or finish the book. 🙂
A book with a pun in the title (Popsugar Reading Challenge)
The pun for me was that you really can’t digest these things in a hurry, or at least I couldn’t. The book makes you slow down and think and have the opposite of hurry.