Letters From An Astrophysicist

Letters From An Astrophysicist

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A luminous companion to the phenomenal bestseller Astrophysics for People in a Hurry. Astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson has attracted one of the world's largest online followings with his fascinating, widely accessible insights into science and our universe. Now, Tyson invites us to go behind the scenes of his public fame by revealing his correspondence with people across the globe who have sought him out in search of answers. In this hand-picked collection of 101 letters, Tyson draws upon cosmic perspectives to address a vast array of questions about science, faith, philosophy, life, and of course, Pluto. His succinct, opinionated, passionate, and often funny responses reflect his popularity and standing as a leading educator. Tyson's 2017 bestseller Astrophysics for People in a Hurry offered more than one million readers an insightful and accessible understanding of the universe. Tyson's most candid and heartfelt writing yet, Letters from an Astrophysicist introduces us to a newly personal dimension of Tyson's quest to explore our place in the cosmos.
Publisher: New York, NY : W.W. Norton & Company, ©2019.
ISBN: 9781324003311
Characteristics: xv, 247 pages :,colour illustrations ;,20 cm.

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ksebast
Jun 17, 2020

loved it!! - full of hope and you don't have to be an astrophysicist to understand it (at least for the most part).

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miketany
Apr 23, 2020

Letters From An Astrophysicist is a must read for people looking to clear up misconceptions in our universe. In the book, Neil DeGrasse Tyson debunks common myths and misinformation by using scientifically proven facts and evidence. I think that many people would consider themselves well educated but when it comes to understanding the universe, there are a lot of misconceptions which are extremely widespread. Neil DeGrasse takes it upon himself in this book to debunk these myths and I think that after reading this, you will feel much more intelligent because you can explain things that the majority of humans cannot. One great thing about how Niel explains complex topics is that he is able to use layman's terms to describe extremely complex topics. For example, UFO sightings are one of the focal points of the book. Some sightings are so odd that many people think that there is no possible way to explain it other than it being extraterrestrial. However, Neil is able to debunk these ease in layman's terms that allow anyone to understand them. Although I think that this book is very useful, Neil does ramble quite a bit in the book. I think that there are lots of unnecessary comments and questions answered in the book that are irrelevant to the topic.

I rated this book a 9/10 because of how well Niel was able to explain his ideas to the masses with minimal complexity. This is why I think that this book is a must read for everyone because it prevents people from living their lives knowing the wrong things.

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MicheleElysRunyan
Apr 21, 2020

this book is categorically essential reading - Neil has a wondrous way of being tactfully Blunt and educational with a strong degree of patience in a superior intellect. Thoroughly enjoyed the book read it in two days

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ksebast
Jun 17, 2020

"I have an unorthodox philosophy regarding root-finding. I just don't care . . . Since any two people in the world have a common ancestor depending on how far back you look, the line we draw to establish family lineage is entirely arbitrary. When I wonder what I am capable of as a human being, I don't look to 'relatives', I look to all human beings. That is the genetic relationship that matters to me . . . I look to the entire human race for inspiration for what I can be - because I am human."

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