Everything about his latest book, Astrophysics for People in a Hurry, demonstrates why he’s been so successful ... Even the book’s physicality makes a statement. Each page contains a mere 200 or so words, and the hardcover is slender and diminutive, fitting — albeit snugly — in the back pocket of my jeans. Of course, none of this matters much if the text itself is a slog, but Astrophysics for People in a Hurry is fascinating and fun ... Tyson understands and is very good at communicating the material ... Tyson also has a knack for providing compelling tidbits that stick in your head and make concrete what might otherwise be hopelessly abstract ... Savor this book.
This is not his first pop-sci book, but it is his most accessible: a dozen chapters, each covering as close to a single topic as possible in such a wide-ranging field ... As the title suggests, these lessons can be breathless, and Tyson’s style is brash ... it is hard to resist his enthusiasm.
...the way Tyson describes reality and the farthest frontiers of science is uplifting and inspiring. Broken into manageable chapters and then into smaller idea-nuggets inside them, it's fun and exciting to read ... It would have been nice to have visuals though ... This is a fantastic starter book for the big ideas of astronomy and cosmology, but it's also an up-to-date rundown for people who have studied it before.