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Astrophysics for Young People in a Hurry

Review

Astrophysics for Young People in a Hurry

written by Neil deGrasse Tyson with illustrations by Gregory Mone

In his book ASTROPHYSICS FOR YOUNG PEOPLE IN A HURRY, well-known author and astrophysicist Neil DeGrasse Tyson explains some of the mysteries of the universe in easy-to-understand, and often humorous, language.

Tyson breaks down some complicated concepts into simple but interesting language, making difficult topics easier to understand without talking down to the reader. He talks about how scientists believe the universe started (with the Big Bang), the makeup of our solar system, what the universe looks like, the difference between dark matter and dark energy and the Periodic Table of the Elements, as well as other topics.

"[Tyson] breaks down some complicated concepts into simple but interesting language, making difficult topics easier to understand without talking down to the reader."

The text is complimented by beautiful full-color photos of astrological objects, some charts and graphs and text boxes that give additional information about the topics on the page. A glossary of terms is included in the back of the book.

I learned a lot by reading this book. It is packed with tons of facts and trivia about our amazing universe. Although there is a glossary (as mentioned) to further explain some of the concepts, because this is a book for middle grade readers, I think the author should have included a list of additional sources where readers could go to get more information about the subjects of space and astrophysics.

Reviewed by Christine M. Irvin on February 26, 2019

Astrophysics for Young People in a Hurry
written by Neil deGrasse Tyson with illustrations by Gregory Mone