Decisions, decisions..... I keep widdling down my B&N stack but I keep picking more books up as I put more away.....
The author is an excellent reader! But even a summary of astrophysics is hard for me to digest through ears (audiobook) instead of slowly through eyes. I did still learn some cool concepts. Even after listening to the science of astrophysics it‘s still so hard for me to fathom that it sounds like science fiction. Love his summary at the end about having cosmic perspective.
A fast, fun read for those who are curious about such things but, you know, majored in English and History (or other non-science subjects).
Favorite quote: Personally, I am quite comfortable with chemicals, anywhere in the universe. My favorite stars, as well as my best friends, are all made of them.”
Trying to read as I wait for the next ferry to Seattle to go to an interview. Not sure I picked the best book to read right now as my mind is a bit scattered.
Date Started: September 14, 2019
Date Completed: October 16, 2019
How I chose/found this book: I found this book while searching for books to read since I needed a book and then it caught my attention because it looked interesting.
Summary: This book wasn't really about a story but about facts of the universe and space. It had taught me all kinds of things about outer space. For example, it taught me about the big bang.
They say that someone isn‘t a true expert in something unless they can explain it at a middle school level. NDT Does just that. I have learned so much just from this book and it has made me excited to learn more about astrophysics. I can listen to a news story on the radio about some new discovery in space now and actually keep up and know what they are talking about. It‘s been a long time since I was this excited to learn about science!Good read!
I love how he writes in layman terms and his passion comes across at all times. He did a cool breakdown of the elements in the periodic table ... who knew that could be so amazing! And the last chapter is absolutely amazing ... part science, part philosophy, part theory.
Neat fact. All the street lights in Tucson, Arizona glow orange because they use low sodium bulbs because it's easyier for telescopes to filter that light out of images.
This was a pretty fun read in the end, once I found my groove with it. After the first few chapters I wasn't sure I had it in me to continue, it did feel like I was hurtling through the cosmos at light-speed dodging asteroids.
Much of what I liked about this book was the general scientific perspective on life, the notion that we are less important than we think we are in the greater scheme of things.
Ok, Litsy. You persuaded me that #audiocleaning is a worthwhile endeavor. Audiobooks are usually difficult for me - too easily distracted maybe? Anyhoo, I succumbed. And succeeded. So listening to nonfiction while doing chores is def something I‘ll try again. Thanks for that! #blamelitsy #eventhoughiownthisbookiusedhooplatolisten #hoopla
⭐️3/5 This was probably a book I needed to read rather than listen to, but it was filled with great information. Just felt like I would have gotten more out of it by reading it. Also, Tyson‘s voice didn‘t grab me and so I caught my mind wandering off a lot.
I loved this audiobook! It's narrated by the author, and he has such a recognizable voice that it's more like hearing him deliver a protracted lecture on the cosmos and how the universe works (scientifically). I think of NdGT as the successor to Carl Sagan in so many ways, and this book contributes to that. He has such a great way to make abstract concepts of astrophysics comprehensive and accessible.
‘The universe is under no obligation to make sense to you.‘ Neil DeGrasse Tyson
Pic: The Northern Lights in Fairbanks on our Alaska trip! 🌌
Yay! I finally get to listen to this! I‘ve been waiting for my hold to come in for awhile. Doing some #audiostitching today. This pic is actually from yesterday but it‘ll be awhile before I take it out of the hoop again.
I started my busy year with this book because I wanted to remember my place in the universe again. I felt almost the same feeling from when I first read Cosmos by Carl Sagan. It‘s a calming and fascinating experience. I feel like I will start my reading lifestyle in a good mood this year.
And I‘ve discovered Libby! Giving audiobooks yet another try. My ADD doesn‘t work well with them... but I really want it to 😩