Not gonna pretend I completely comprehend the contents of this book, but I will venture back to it from time to time. I would buy this book in paper form and leave it on the shelf with the other books that require multiple passes.
I love reading the comments about a book like this because there are a lot of frustrated people out there who seem to both loathe the author and also have the need to prove how smart they are. They take offense with all kinds of things in regard to these topics, but I’m not one of those people, and I don’t know NDT, so how could I loathe him? Seems funny, successful and intelligent. Okay, maybe I do hate him.
In reference to Astrophysics for People in a Hurry, Neil deGrasse Tyson at least attempts to simplify the topic into digestible morsels. This is heady stuff that might strike at the foundation of some of your most intense beliefs. For me this is more reason to read the damn thing, but I can see others, less truth/science/math/fact people, who will be up in arms understanding things like humans might not be the most important beings in the Universe.(I think I still am the most important being, but I’m more awesome than you.)
It would be easy to fall into the category of the loud talker who brags about reading a book about Astrophysics. People who know me know how absurd this would be for ME to talk like this. Remember, public school guy, mathematically illiterate, solid D student in chemistry, physics and anything else requiring basic computations. Now if you want to hear me wax poetic about Rodinal stand development times, well then, get the Hell out of my way. Deep breathe.
I enjoyed this book, so if you have a desire to learn, or you love the sciences or you wonder about what’s in that night sky, then have a go at this baby.