BOOK REVIEW: Astrophysics for people in a hurry
This book was REALLY written for people who seek for some knowledge about the universe and the beginning of everything in a simple and fast way. It is a book that requires concentration and it is true what Neil DeGrasse says on the last paragraph of the preface, you will be hungry for more.
The book starts with the beginning of the universe, how everything started and evolved. It's here that Neil gets our attention because how to not be curious to read the entire book when in the first paragraph is written: "nearly fourteen billion years ago all the space all the matter and all the energy of the known universe was contained in a volume less than one-trillionth the size of the period that ends this sentence". I know, this is very interesting.
About the book's content I can mention the description of the beginning of everything, the composition of the cosmos, about dark matter and dark energy, and how there is certainty about their existence even though there isn't too much knowledge about them.
There are topics explaining about life beyond Earth and also some hypothesis of how the aliens living many light-years from us would be able to find us. At the end there is a reflection about the cosmic perspective.
This is pretty much a book of facts and I recommend it as a first reading on the subject, as it was for me. I am looking forward to read more books like this, if you have any suggestions leave it on the comments below I will be very pleased.
PS: I have read it in Portuguese and when comparing with one in English I found some mistakes.