by Neil deGrasse Tyson

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    • It has some good content, however it is filled with a lot of unnecessary questions and puns. Tough to stay focused while reading.I would compare it to someone that has prepared a 15 minute speech, then is asked to speak for an hour.
    • Understanding that this is an introduction into the study of the physics of generally speaking, literally everything. There is a LOT of information in this book, and Neil DeGrasse Tyson, does an outstanding job of condensing down and translating this information into language for the astronomy layman. Again this is Physics, and while Neil DeGrasse does a great job of explaining the universe, in a way that I believe (to his awesome credit) only he can do. It is STILL physics.... Slow down, take your time and absorb this vastly condensed, concentrated mass of information, in order to get the most out of the read.
    • This is a quick tour through the current state of astrophysics in 12 essays. Tyson infuses the subject with his usual dynamic enthusiasm and humor. The subject is not presented especially deep but it is useful for anyone wanting to get a better layman's understanding of the Big Bang (weird stuff), dark matter (weirder stuff), and dark energy (way weirder stuff). Tyson gives you a good appreciation of how chemistry and biology are part of astrophysics. He concludes with an essay on "Reflections on the Cosmic Perspective" that shows even astrophysicists can have great wonder at the universe we live in. Recommended.
    • This book is made out to be an "astrophysics for dummies" but it's far more difficult to grasp than I'd imagined. That being said, I'm still glad I read it.
    • Perhaps the target audience is in more of a hurry than I am. But some of the topics were too summary and brushed over some explanations that could have been given in pretty short form, so may be confusing if you have not already done a fair amount of reading. Was interesting to see how many things were addressed as "we don't know". Still, if you only want a smattering to impress your grandkids, the explanations are pretty clear to the extent they exist.The irritating, to me, part was that the author was very needlessly dismissive of anyone with a Christian approach to any of this. Present your facts and let them speak for themselves. Don't go out of your way to dismiss anyone who thinks there may be something more than random chance at work as a deluded or even ignorant Luddite. Those who agree with the author on that point will probably rate this 5 stars. I believe we can have a civilized discourse but the author is clearly not interested.