Excerpts from “Astrophysics for people in a hurry” by Neil deGrasse Tyson

Unsurprisingly, I loved this book! Here are some of my favourite excerpts:

Maybe there’s nothing the matter with the matter, and it’s the gravity we don’t understand.

Behold my recurring nightmare: Are we, too, missing some basic pieces of the universe that once were? What part of the cosmic history book has been marked “access denied”? What remains absent from our equations and theories that ought to be there, leaving us groping for answers we may never find?

From the Moon, a quarter million miles away, New York, Paris, and the rest of Earth’s urban glitter doesn’t even show up as a twinkle. But from your lunar vantage you can still watch major weather fronts move across the planet.

If a huge genetic gap separated us from our closest relative in the animal kingdom, we could justifiably celebrate our brilliance. We might be entitled to walk around thinking we’re distant and distinct from our fellow creatures. But no such gap exists. Instead, we are one with the rest of nature, fitting neither above nor below, but within.

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4 thoughts on “Excerpts from “Astrophysics for people in a hurry” by Neil deGrasse Tyson

  1. wow that last one is beautiful and the second to last one stirring, i love his take on life, Im glad you liked it, I was hooked on page one, i love the countdown…

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