Thursday, August 10, 2017

Fascinating Book: Astrophysics for People in a Hurry by Neil DeGrasse Tyson

Neil's amazing book
As a scientist (meteorologist) and someone who works with astrophysicists, I had to read the brand
new book "Astrophysics for People in a Hurry" by Neil DeGrasse Tyson. In this 208 page book, you'll get a great idea of what the cosmos is made up of, and how things work.
   The book is easy to read, and although I've been working with astrophysicists for about 17 years, this provided some great basic science facts I never picked up. You'll learn about light, dark matter, dark energy, what's between planets, exoplanets, how scientists observe objects in various forms of light from Infrared to ultraviolet. You'll learn about radio waves from space, microwaves, gamma-rays, cosmic rays, etc. You'll understand how looking at objects tell us what they are made of.
   One of the lessons that stuck with me was "Matter tells space how to curve, and space tells matter how to move." That's because matter can warp space (like a magnifying lens).
   There are so many amazing things in this book that I didn't learn in college - and of course, there have been SO many findings on a daily basis with all the satellites we have observing the cosmos.
The day I met Neil at NASA in 2016
   In my job I also work with all of the Hubble Space Telescope findings on a daily basis, so this book as really "brought those to light" and made the findings even more exciting to me.
 - If you're an armchair scientist, love science, love the stars, or just like looking up, you should read this.There is so much more beyond this tiny speck called Earth and you'll be fascinated for a lifetime.
  BTW, I did get to meet Neil DeGrasse Tyson when he came to NASA in 2016. He's a cool guy!   - Rob

NEXT: Neil DeGrasse Tyson Meets Superman (well, sort of) 

ABOUT THE BOOK:  The #1 New York Times Bestseller: The essential universe, from our most celebrated and beloved astrophysicist.
What is the nature of space and time? How do we fit within the universe? How does the universe fit within us? There’s no better guide through these mind-expanding questions than acclaimed astrophysicist and best-selling author Neil deGrasse Tyson.
But today, few of us have time to contemplate the cosmos. So Tyson brings the universe down to Earth succinctly and clearly, with sparkling wit, in tasty chapters consumable anytime and anywhere in your busy day.
While you wait for your morning coffee to brew, for the bus, the train, or a plane to arrive, Astrophysics for People in a Hurry will reveal just what you need to be fluent and ready for the next cosmic headlines: from the Big Bang to black holes, from quarks to quantum mechanics, and from the search for planets to the search for life in the universe.

Gift/Memorial Suggestions

Several of our friends have lost loved ones (human and pets) and we found that one of the best ways to honor their memory is to give to an animal charity.
What better way to recognize a life of love, than by giving another life a chance for love?
We donate to many animal rescues, but because we volunteer with
DC Weimaraner Rescue and Coast-to-Coast Dachshund Rescue, those are our 2 favorites.
Consider giving the chance of life to a dog or cat.

About us

We're two married guys who enjoy the simple things in life, especially our dogs. We volunteer for dog rescues, enjoy splitting dinners, exercising, blogging, helping friends and neighbors, ghost investigations, coffee and tea, Tudor history, weather, superheroes, comic books, mystery novels, traveling, 70s and 80s music, classic country, piano, gardening, writing books on ghosts and spirits, architecture, keeping a clean house, cooking simply, and keeping in shape. You'll find tidbits of all of these things on this blog and more.

Tom and Rob Thinking Hard!

Tom and Rob Thinking Hard!
Wondering what home project to do next