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In this thought-provoking follow-up to his acclaimed StarTalk book, uber astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson tackles the world''s most important philosophical questions about the universe with wit, wisdom, and cutting-edge science. For science geeks, space and physics nerds, and all who want to understand their place in the universe, this enlightening new book from Neil deGr In this thought-provoking follow-up to his acclaimed StarTalk book, uber astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson tackles the world''s most important philosophical questions about the universe with wit, wisdom, and cutting-edge science. For science geeks, space and physics nerds, and all who want to understand their place in the universe, this enlightening new book from Neil deGrasse Tyson offers a unique take on the mysteries and curiosities of the cosmos, building on rich material from his beloved StarTalk podcast. In these illuminating pages, illustrated with dazzling photos and revealing graphics, Tyson and co-author James Trefil, a renowned physicist and science popularizer, take on the big questions that humanity has been posing for millennia--How did life begin? What is our place in the universe? Are we alone?--and provide answers based on the most current data, observations, and theories. Populated with paradigm-shifting discoveries that help explain the building blocks of astrophysics, this relatable and entertaining book will engage and inspire readers of all ages, bring sophisticated concepts within reach, and offer a window into the complexities of the cosmos. For all who loved National Geographic''s StarTalk with Neil deGrasse Tyson, Cosmos: Possible Worlds, and Space Atlas, this new book will take them on more journeys into the wonders of the universe and beyond.


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In this thought-provoking follow-up to his acclaimed StarTalk book, uber astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson tackles the world''s most important philosophical questions about the universe with wit, wisdom, and cutting-edge science. For science geeks, space and physics nerds, and all who want to understand their place in the universe, this enlightening new book from Neil deGr In this thought-provoking follow-up to his acclaimed StarTalk book, uber astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson tackles the world''s most important philosophical questions about the universe with wit, wisdom, and cutting-edge science. For science geeks, space and physics nerds, and all who want to understand their place in the universe, this enlightening new book from Neil deGrasse Tyson offers a unique take on the mysteries and curiosities of the cosmos, building on rich material from his beloved StarTalk podcast. In these illuminating pages, illustrated with dazzling photos and revealing graphics, Tyson and co-author James Trefil, a renowned physicist and science popularizer, take on the big questions that humanity has been posing for millennia--How did life begin? What is our place in the universe? Are we alone?--and provide answers based on the most current data, observations, and theories. Populated with paradigm-shifting discoveries that help explain the building blocks of astrophysics, this relatable and entertaining book will engage and inspire readers of all ages, bring sophisticated concepts within reach, and offer a window into the complexities of the cosmos. For all who loved National Geographic''s StarTalk with Neil deGrasse Tyson, Cosmos: Possible Worlds, and Space Atlas, this new book will take them on more journeys into the wonders of the universe and beyond.

30 review for Cosmic Queries: StarTalk's Guide to Who We Are, How We Got Here, and Where We're Going

  1. 5 out of 5

    Mara

    I pre-ordered the book and then went to the bookstore and found a random copy of the book 4 days early...this wasn't planned but I ended up buying the book and canceling my order. From what I've read so far, it's a great summary of the history of astronomy, the origins of the universe, and our possible future while still being enjoyable to read. It's not too technical so I would say beginners to this subject would love this book. I pre-ordered the book and then went to the bookstore and found a random copy of the book 4 days early...this wasn't planned but I ended up buying the book and canceling my order. From what I've read so far, it's a great summary of the history of astronomy, the origins of the universe, and our possible future while still being enjoyable to read. It's not too technical so I would say beginners to this subject would love this book.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Matt Mansfield

    To the Ends of the Universe and Back Pondering our place and fate midway between the micro and macro scales of the quantum and astronomical worlds has been a popular topic in recent publishing. During the past few years several well-known science theorists have written extensively about this area and been featured on several television shows: • David Christian (2018 “Origin: A Big History of Everything”) • Sean Carroll (2019 “Something Deeply Hidden: Quantum Worlds and the Emergence of Spacetime” • To the Ends of the Universe and Back Pondering our place and fate midway between the micro and macro scales of the quantum and astronomical worlds has been a popular topic in recent publishing. During the past few years several well-known science theorists have written extensively about this area and been featured on several television shows: • David Christian (2018 “Origin: A Big History of Everything”) • Sean Carroll (2019 “Something Deeply Hidden: Quantum Worlds and the Emergence of Spacetime” • Brian Greene’s 2020 (“Until the End of Time: Mind, Matter and the Search for Meaning in the Evolving Universe”). These contributions also just happen to coincide with the unrelated political assault on the credibility of science relating to the pandemic response. And they remind us how important science is and how much we have yet to learn. The latest entry is an excellent addition from Neil deGrasse Tyson and James Trefil with their 2021 collaboration, “Cosmic Queries: Star Talk’s Guide to Who We Are, How We Got Here, and Where We’re Going” published with the National Geographic. Written and presented in a straightforward style for a broad audience with scientific curiosity, the work is beautifully illustrated with colorful photographs, classic illustrations, renderings and charts that support a trim text. The book is intended to provide a perspective about historical and current findings without intimidation. These ten chapters are presented from a humanist point of view to address familiar questions as well as current topics such as the Dark Matter, Dark Energy mysteries, the antimatter problem, and “The Multiverse” theory: • What is Our Place? • How Do We Know What We Know? • How Did the Universe Get to be This Way? • How Old is the Universe? • What is the Universe Made Of? • What is Life? • Are We Alone in the Universe? • How Did It All Begin? • How Will It All End? • What Does Nothing Have To Do With Everything? Sprinkled throughout are short, pithy observations from the New York Hayden Planetarium’s Tyson with his usual twinkle: “If Pinocchio said, ‘My nose is about to grow?’ I wonder what would actually happen.” With your family or by yourself, this is a treat to appreciate what we have learned and how much we have yet to know without the tinnitus of political distraction.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Robert Yokoyama

    Neil Degrasse Tyson uses two methods to communicate information in the book. Tyson does an excellent job of making science enjoyable through the text and photographs. The first method Tyson uses to communicate information is through the text. One interesting fact I learned is that there are 100 billion galaxies in the universe and that 10 stars are created each year. Another interesting fact I learned from reading the test is that the planets are classified in three different ways. The Earth, th Neil Degrasse Tyson uses two methods to communicate information in the book. Tyson does an excellent job of making science enjoyable through the text and photographs. The first method Tyson uses to communicate information is through the text. One interesting fact I learned is that there are 100 billion galaxies in the universe and that 10 stars are created each year. Another interesting fact I learned from reading the test is that the planets are classified in three different ways. The Earth, the planet Mars and Venus are rocky planets. Saturn is a gas planet. Neptune and Uranus are icy planets I did not know that the planets could be grouped as such. I learned that dark matter in the field of astrophysics like dark matter and dark energy that need to be explored. Dark matter is a gravitational force that sucks matter in the universe in. The last piece of information I learned from the text is the water is not only liquid that can be used to detect life on other planets The detection of liquid methane and ammonia are two other signs that life is possible on other planets. Neil Degrasse Tyson uses photographs to communicate information in this book. I like the photograph of an European space probe called Gaia. This probe's function is to photograph all of the stars in the sky. There is a beautiful photograph of the surface of Antarctica. This picture is a reference that meteorites landed on the continent and suggests that Antarctica is an starting point of origin of the earth. There is a beautiful photograph of the sky in Acadia National park in Maine. I like this picture because the natural beauty of Maine is on display here. There is a picture from the movie Star Wars that illustrates the concept of exo sociology. Exo sociology is the practice of human beings interacting with aliens from other worlds. I did know there is a field of study called exosociology. I had fun learning that a scene from a sci fi movie is an actual study. I learned so much about the universe from reading Cosmic Queries.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Holly

    Who would have thought that rising raisin bread dough would be the perfect analogy for the expanding universe? Or that dropping a watch off a tall building and then analyzing the broken pieces and parts to try to figure out what is inside of it and how it works, is basically how the Large Hadroon Collider works. These kinds of literal down-to-earth explanations really helped me understand lots of things like: the big bang theory, how we determine how far away things are from Earth, and what will Who would have thought that rising raisin bread dough would be the perfect analogy for the expanding universe? Or that dropping a watch off a tall building and then analyzing the broken pieces and parts to try to figure out what is inside of it and how it works, is basically how the Large Hadroon Collider works. These kinds of literal down-to-earth explanations really helped me understand lots of things like: the big bang theory, how we determine how far away things are from Earth, and what will happen when the Sun eventually runs out of juice. Now, I will say the details of some things still flew right over my head - namely all the 'elementary particles' like quarks and leptons. Don't ask me anything about them, because I have no clue other than they apparently exist and they come in different 'flavors' with funny names like "strange" and "charm". But overall I thought this book did a great job of explaining a lot of interesting things and I recommend picking it up. Now, I did also read another book by Neil deGrasse Tyson, Astrophysics for People in a Hurry, a little over three years ago. So how do these two books compare? Honestly I have no idea because I don't even remember much of that other book, sorry! But I think overall, Cosmic Queries was a lot more 'accessible' to the average non-scientific person like myself, for what that's worth. I do recall being a bit more lost while reading the other book.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Stephanie

    Cosmic Queries expands on Neil deGrasse Tyson's StarTalk and aims to answer the big questions about the universe.  Tyson has a way of making these very big and difficult concepts easy to understand, bringing the universe down to earth.  Beginning from how we know what we know in space, measurements and some of the scientists who have led to these discoveries we are then led to ask questions of how the universe got to be how it is, what the universe is made out of, what life is, if we are alone, Cosmic Queries expands on Neil deGrasse Tyson's StarTalk and aims to answer the big questions about the universe.  Tyson has a way of making these very big and difficult concepts easy to understand, bringing the universe down to earth.  Beginning from how we know what we know in space, measurements and some of the scientists who have led to these discoveries we are then led to ask questions of how the universe got to be how it is, what the universe is made out of, what life is, if we are alone, how this all began and eventually, how it will end.  Whenever I read a book about space I am always amazed about how much I do not know. I revel in being able to learn and understand more about our world and what is beyond.  Cosmic Queries not only gives me a good foundation to begin to understand the questions posed in the book, but reminds me of how much we don't know about what we don't know as well as the fact that "the most interesting questions are the ones we don't yet know to ask."  As I read through each chapter, the knowledge from previous chapters was slowly built upon, helping to expand my thinking and ask further questions. In addition, I learned about some of the pioneers of astronomy and the risks they took in order to get their knowledge out into the world.  Overall, Cosmic Queries is an excellent read for any curious mind. This book was received for free in return for an honest review. 

  6. 4 out of 5

    Nursebookie

    My first books I have ever had as a child were the Encyclopedia Britannica sets every family had in the 80's. I loved learning about the vast universe, the unknowns and what is beyond the skies or what it's like in other planets and outer space. I was very curious not just about the cosmos but also about things beyond what we can see with our naked eye. When I received an opportunity to become one of the early readers for Cosmic Queries by Neil DeGrasse Tyson I was beyond excited. I devoured thi My first books I have ever had as a child were the Encyclopedia Britannica sets every family had in the 80's. I loved learning about the vast universe, the unknowns and what is beyond the skies or what it's like in other planets and outer space. I was very curious not just about the cosmos but also about things beyond what we can see with our naked eye. When I received an opportunity to become one of the early readers for Cosmic Queries by Neil DeGrasse Tyson I was beyond excited. I devoured this book and the beautiful pages with its fantastic and stunning photographs within the book. The illustrations really captures what may be a heavy read into a more pleasant learning experience. The hard copy book is hefty and the pages just gorgeous. This is definitely going to be a star in my collection. The information presented are for anyone with interest in the science world, curious about astrophysics and have no experience with the lingos of quantum mechanics. So if you ever want to be in the know about Big Bang, the dark matter, and other fascinating queries you didn't even know you wanted and needed to know, this is the book for you. I highly recommend this book for everyone with curiosity no matter the age.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Pavithra

    Let me start with the most striking - Gorgeous photography. Neil DeGrasse Tyson has a way of explaining with analogies that makes it easier to relate to subjects that are hard for a human mind to percieve. I knew what a dark matter was (saying that I understand or KNOW this subject especially for a non physicist, is a stretch. Lets just roll with it) but i did not understand how it helped form visible matter, later galaxies and slowed down the expansion. Tyson explained it is analogous to bag of Let me start with the most striking - Gorgeous photography. Neil DeGrasse Tyson has a way of explaining with analogies that makes it easier to relate to subjects that are hard for a human mind to percieve. I knew what a dark matter was (saying that I understand or KNOW this subject especially for a non physicist, is a stretch. Lets just roll with it) but i did not understand how it helped form visible matter, later galaxies and slowed down the expansion. Tyson explained it is analogous to bag of marbles dumped on a tabletop with deep holes in it. Matter falls into the holes forming clump around the holes. The holes is a metaphor for the gravitational pull that is exerted by dark matter. Learning about extremeophilea like Tardigrades living in extremes all over earth and tube worms in the deep sea vents, was something new as well. His quip at Aristotle for saying 'Nature abhors a vaccum' was unexpected. Overall, I think this book summarizes interesting topics for those who are willing to ask Cosmic Queries.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Jennifer ~ TarHeelReader

    Several years ago, my family went to the Museum of Natural Sciences in New York City, and we attended a presentation narrated by Whoopi Goldberg and Neil deGrasse Tyson. I can still hear their voices in my head, as I looked at the stars on the ceiling in that mesmerizing room. His passion for the universe knows no bounds, and he shares scientific facts in an entertaining and approachable way. Because of that, I knew I had to read this book, and it was exactly what expected and more. Smart, scient Several years ago, my family went to the Museum of Natural Sciences in New York City, and we attended a presentation narrated by Whoopi Goldberg and Neil deGrasse Tyson. I can still hear their voices in my head, as I looked at the stars on the ceiling in that mesmerizing room. His passion for the universe knows no bounds, and he shares scientific facts in an entertaining and approachable way. Because of that, I knew I had to read this book, and it was exactly what expected and more. Smart, scientific, yet completely engaging, Cosmic Queries is astrophysics in consumable form. It’s absolutely fascinating! This is a Nat Geo book, so of course I have to mention the stunning photography and overall appearance of this book! I received a gifted copy I will forever treasure. Many of my reviews can also be found on my blog: www.jennifertarheelreader.com and instagram: www.instagram.com/tarheelreader

  9. 5 out of 5

    Rachel (TheShadesofOrange)

    3.0 Stars This was a quick and easy non fiction read. As someone without a science education, I appreciate that the concepts and ideas were explained in simple layman terms. I was actually surprised how much of the information I already knew. I thought the formatting of the book was a bit fragmented. Rather than offering a flowing narrative, this was simply just a question and answer format (like the title implied). I actually found myself wanting more depth from the book so perhaps I'm no longer 3.0 Stars This was a quick and easy non fiction read. As someone without a science education, I appreciate that the concepts and ideas were explained in simple layman terms. I was actually surprised how much of the information I already knew. I thought the formatting of the book was a bit fragmented. Rather than offering a flowing narrative, this was simply just a question and answer format (like the title implied). I actually found myself wanting more depth from the book so perhaps I'm no longer the intended audience. I would recommend this one to layman readers looking to get a very simple foundation in basic science concepts. Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book from the publisher. I got to listen to the audio version which I recommend because it was partially narrated by the author.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Victoria

    Big subject but very reader-friendly...hence 5 stars. I listened to the audiobook and also skimmed the photos in the print book. Highly recommend either/both format. I liked the historic perspective, highlighting the men and women who have contributed to our understanding of the cosmos. This book also covers what is currently happening as well as predctions for the future. I appreciate the creative explanations for very complex and lofty science so that folks like me can understand. Okay, who am Big subject but very reader-friendly...hence 5 stars. I listened to the audiobook and also skimmed the photos in the print book. Highly recommend either/both format. I liked the historic perspective, highlighting the men and women who have contributed to our understanding of the cosmos. This book also covers what is currently happening as well as predctions for the future. I appreciate the creative explanations for very complex and lofty science so that folks like me can understand. Okay, who am I kidding?! I still don't understand...but I'm trying. Jupiter bouncing around like a billiard ball and our universe expanding like raisins in bread...images and analogies like these are helpful. I want to read books about our universe at least 1-2 times a year because it keeps everything else in perspective.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Edgar Guedez

    THE ANSWERS TO ALL OF OUR QUESTIONS This book is a good summary of the "state of the art" concerning the actual level of human understanding of the origin and end of the universe. The authors are very good at presenting understandables explanations of very complex subjects, especially, those related to quantum mechanics. Nonetheless, some of the concepts are difficult to grasp and believe. When trying to present an hypothesis for the state of things before the big bang, they introduce the concept THE ANSWERS TO ALL OF OUR QUESTIONS This book is a good summary of the "state of the art" concerning the actual level of human understanding of the origin and end of the universe. The authors are very good at presenting understandables explanations of very complex subjects, especially, those related to quantum mechanics. Nonetheless, some of the concepts are difficult to grasp and believe. When trying to present an hypothesis for the state of things before the big bang, they introduce the concepts of "false and true vacuum- very difficult, if not impossible, to imagine. The tone of the book is sad, maybe because it tells us how it all probably would end. In on billion years, earth would be no more! Just around the corner.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Matthew Gilliland

    One of the most engaging and easy to read Astro/Quantum Physics books I have ever read. It focuses on how the universe was created and how it works. It asks questions and provides answers or as far as we understand to most of them. If I wasn't keeping up with modern Science thanks to Dr Tyson this information would have been mind blowing. I wish this book existed 20 years ago. That said I have 1 complaint. It reads like 3 or 4 chapters were written by Neil. They have his voice and sense of humor. M One of the most engaging and easy to read Astro/Quantum Physics books I have ever read. It focuses on how the universe was created and how it works. It asks questions and provides answers or as far as we understand to most of them. If I wasn't keeping up with modern Science thanks to Dr Tyson this information would have been mind blowing. I wish this book existed 20 years ago. That said I have 1 complaint. It reads like 3 or 4 chapters were written by Neil. They have his voice and sense of humor. Most of the book is likely written by Dr James Trefil. It kind of feels like a bait and switch to help sell the book. But with all the great info I am glad I bought the book even if the authorship is misleading.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Hill Krishnan

    Dr. Tyson is as prolific as lucid in his writing about astrophysics. You would learn about: 1. radio waves’ advantages over gamma waves. 2. one out of 3 conditions Pluto didn’t satisfy to be a planet. 3. Telescopes in Hawaii to Atacama desert and the advantages of placing them there. Of course you learn about Hubble too. 4. What’s the universe made off and how it’s expanding at 70 Kms/sec, etc. Dr. Tyson also made me think 🤔 differently: can life in other planets be non carbon based ? Like silica bas Dr. Tyson is as prolific as lucid in his writing about astrophysics. You would learn about: 1. radio waves’ advantages over gamma waves. 2. one out of 3 conditions Pluto didn’t satisfy to be a planet. 3. Telescopes in Hawaii to Atacama desert and the advantages of placing them there. Of course you learn about Hubble too. 4. What’s the universe made off and how it’s expanding at 70 Kms/sec, etc. Dr. Tyson also made me think 🤔 differently: can life in other planets be non carbon based ? Like silica based. Can life non biological? Like electromagnetic based. Can life be non water dependent? Like methane or ammonia. Can life be non surface based?.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Bret

    This is exactly what I want from a Tyson book! This is exactly what I want from a Cosmic Queries book! Look, I'm an avid StarTalk fan. I'm also a big science fan, so a lot of this book was nothing new to me. Some of it was, but that's really not the point. It's the presentation! This book is written almost like a conversation. It isn't dry facts listed out about discoveries and the people who found them. Instead it's laid out like a story, filling you in on the facts. Wonderfully written! The aud This is exactly what I want from a Tyson book! This is exactly what I want from a Cosmic Queries book! Look, I'm an avid StarTalk fan. I'm also a big science fan, so a lot of this book was nothing new to me. Some of it was, but that's really not the point. It's the presentation! This book is written almost like a conversation. It isn't dry facts listed out about discoveries and the people who found them. Instead it's laid out like a story, filling you in on the facts. Wonderfully written! The audiobook has Tyson for bits of it, like his tweets pertaining to the chapter subject, the majority is read beautifully by Laura Fortgang. She needs more VO work!

  15. 4 out of 5

    Geoff

    Generally entertaining and educational. I learned a few things (like the big bounce theory and false vacuum) that I hadn't know of before, but this was a generally standard tour through the history of cosmology and the development of answers to cosmological questions (like, where did the universe come from? how big is it? is there other life out there?). The inclusion of tweets was kind of annoying; Neil deGrasse Tyson is a far better educator than comedian. **Thanks to the authors, publisher, an Generally entertaining and educational. I learned a few things (like the big bounce theory and false vacuum) that I hadn't know of before, but this was a generally standard tour through the history of cosmology and the development of answers to cosmological questions (like, where did the universe come from? how big is it? is there other life out there?). The inclusion of tweets was kind of annoying; Neil deGrasse Tyson is a far better educator than comedian. **Thanks to the authors, publisher, and Netgalley for a free copy in exchange for an honest review.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Scott

    This is a beautiful book. The pictures/illustrations are first-rate. The text by Neil is, as always, interesting and smart. Lots of things to think about. Some of which I didn't remember reading in his other books or seeing in Cosmos, but maybe they were there and I forgot them. I think we all need to be reminded of such things periodically - we don't know what we know, and we don't know what we don't know either. People who are interested in the cosmos and love star art should read this book. This is a beautiful book. The pictures/illustrations are first-rate. The text by Neil is, as always, interesting and smart. Lots of things to think about. Some of which I didn't remember reading in his other books or seeing in Cosmos, but maybe they were there and I forgot them. I think we all need to be reminded of such things periodically - we don't know what we know, and we don't know what we don't know either. People who are interested in the cosmos and love star art should read this book.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Mitchell Davison

    Very cool concepts on the edge of science, all begetting further thought and reading on the subjects. Interested in the expanding universe, book was full of great analogies to explain difficult concepts. Multiple universes, the birth of our universe, the idea of advance societies harvesting the energy of stars with Dyson spheres. The Drake equation contemplation the odds of intelligent life, and la grange spots between celestial bodies offering points where the gravity between the 2 is balanced Very cool concepts on the edge of science, all begetting further thought and reading on the subjects. Interested in the expanding universe, book was full of great analogies to explain difficult concepts. Multiple universes, the birth of our universe, the idea of advance societies harvesting the energy of stars with Dyson spheres. The Drake equation contemplation the odds of intelligent life, and la grange spots between celestial bodies offering points where the gravity between the 2 is balanced and force applies in neither direction - ideal placements for space telescopes.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Jim Gleason

    A read that will blow your mind in its wide range of extreme science with numbers that are beyond human imagination, both large and small describing our universe/cosmos. Neil Tyson is a favorite of mine (and of the community as a whole) and this read again demonstrates why that is. Offering a wide range of real-world science, both know and yet to be understood, this will expand the reader's sense of our amazing planet and all that lies beyond it. A read that will blow your mind in its wide range of extreme science with numbers that are beyond human imagination, both large and small describing our universe/cosmos. Neil Tyson is a favorite of mine (and of the community as a whole) and this read again demonstrates why that is. Offering a wide range of real-world science, both know and yet to be understood, this will expand the reader's sense of our amazing planet and all that lies beyond it.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Amy

    Science does not come naturally to me. I'd joked before that not a person alive could explain to me in a way that I could understand what neutrinos are. But this book did it! However, neutrinos have now been replaced by the quantum vacuum. The audiobook narration by Lauren Fortgang was good but also... bad? For me, hearing Neil deGrasse Tyson geek out about science is engrossing and contagious, but hearing Tyson's words read by someone else just isn't the same. Science does not come naturally to me. I'd joked before that not a person alive could explain to me in a way that I could understand what neutrinos are. But this book did it! However, neutrinos have now been replaced by the quantum vacuum. The audiobook narration by Lauren Fortgang was good but also... bad? For me, hearing Neil deGrasse Tyson geek out about science is engrossing and contagious, but hearing Tyson's words read by someone else just isn't the same.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Melissa

    DNF This book feels and reads like it's written for a much younger audience. If this is supposed to be for adults then it seems like it's written at a fifth or sixth grade level. Maybe it's just the Twitter things or messages that also makes it seem more for a younger generation. So, I will be passing this on to my ten year old daughter. I guess for us old folk we get to stick with and enjoy the old, Tyson classics. (Last part is a joke) DNF This book feels and reads like it's written for a much younger audience. If this is supposed to be for adults then it seems like it's written at a fifth or sixth grade level. Maybe it's just the Twitter things or messages that also makes it seem more for a younger generation. So, I will be passing this on to my ten year old daughter. I guess for us old folk we get to stick with and enjoy the old, Tyson classics. (Last part is a joke)

  21. 5 out of 5

    Jody

    (Copy provided by NetGalley) Neil DeGrasse Tyson continues to show why he is so well thought of in the popular science and astronomy world. Great overall history of the universe and where it is going, written in a very clear and easy to understand, conversational way. Highly recommended for anyone with a bit of interest in astronomy and astronomical history.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Eric

    The work seems a fairly comprehensive series of essays intended to give an overview of our cosmology. The overall thrust seems to be one of "all the theories you've come to love" are treated with respect whether or not there is some element of controversy. My favorite these days seems to be that of many multiverse posed to account for dark energy/dark matter. The work seems a fairly comprehensive series of essays intended to give an overview of our cosmology. The overall thrust seems to be one of "all the theories you've come to love" are treated with respect whether or not there is some element of controversy. My favorite these days seems to be that of many multiverse posed to account for dark energy/dark matter.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Regina

    Enjoyable listen made even better by the random facts, fruit for thought, and tweets interspersed throughout. (Fun side note to watch out for if you listen to the audiobook: at one point Neil reads a dad joke and you can hear him try not to laugh as he’s reading it.)

  24. 5 out of 5

    Brian Mikołajczyk

    A brief overview of astrophysics and interesting problems that are still present in the field. This book is not unlike the other Neil deGrasse Tyson books. His previous book, Astrophysics for People in a Hurry, is more comprehensive and tackles similar concepts.

  25. 4 out of 5

    James

    First half seemed "down to earth" and well explained. Last quarter lost me at some point. By the time I tried to wrap my mind around the concept of multiverses, I knew I was lost. But Tyson made the attempt to understand enjoyable. First half seemed "down to earth" and well explained. Last quarter lost me at some point. By the time I tried to wrap my mind around the concept of multiverses, I knew I was lost. But Tyson made the attempt to understand enjoyable.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Tim

    Enjoyable and thought provoking as always. This one gets a bit tough to follow once they hit the theoretical quantum mechanics section. If you haven’t read a NDT book yet I’d suggest starting with “Letters From An Astrophysicist” instead. This one gets pretty mind bending.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Sarah Smith

    I like the characters, I love the plot and everything about this book. Good job writer! If you have some great stories like this one, you can publish it on NovelStar, just submit your story to [email protected] or [email protected]

  28. 4 out of 5

    Jess

    I really enjoyed this one. A lot of it was review, but the beautiful photos really added to the book. I never cease to be awed when reading on this subject. My only complaint was all the photos of tweets seemed unnecessary.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Andi

    I learned things from reading this book, a lot of things. The photos are lovely. But I feel like it could have been done better. Not by ME, certainly. I’m glad I read it and will keep it on my shelf for future perusal.

  30. 5 out of 5

    DeAnn

    I read this book with my 9-year old son and it was accessible to and enjoyable for both of us. The book has a conversational feel while still letting you walk away feeling like you have learned something new.

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