Review: “The Astrophysics for People in a Hurry” by Neil deGrasse Tyson

Even though I’m a professional scientist, Astrophysics, or even Physics in general, is not a topic I’m awfully familiar with. And I’m not sure to what extent did “The Astrophysics for People in a Hurry” help with that.

In an attempt to create a condensed version which can be utilised by anyone anywhere, the delivery of the subject matter has fallen short. It has started off slow and easy but picked up along the way. So much so that I felt lost by the end of it, it got too advanced too quickly.


It might have been my fault to expect this read to be appropriate “for dummies”, because I did find some of the topics to be a tad advanced, especially the later ones. However, it did do an incredible job in describing all this vast world and phenomenon around us, helping me remember how small we really are amidst it all.

I did listen to the audiobook version read by Neil deGrasse Tyson and that was the highlight of this book. I do find a certain charm to his voice and presentation overall, it was enjoyable in that aspect.

The universe is under no obligation to make sense to you.

Neil deGrasse Tyson, Astrophysics for People in a Hurry

I suppose I wish this book was more assessible for an average reader, because the topics covered were fascinating to listen to. Perhaps I was not in such a hurry as the title of the book would made me believe, I actually wish it was slowed down more considerably as to not overwhelm the reader/listener.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

Create a website or blog at

%d bloggers like this: