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Letters from an Astrophysicist by Neil deGrasse Tyson PDF
Astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson has attracted one of the world’s largest online followings with his fascinating, widely accessible insights into science and our universe. Now, Tyson invites us to go behind the scenes of his public fame by revealing his correspondence with people across the globe who have sought him out in search of answers. In this hand-picked collection of 101 letters, Tyson draws upon cosmic perspectives to address a vast array of questions about science, faith, philosophy, life, and of course, Pluto. His succinct, opinionated, passionate, and often funny responses reflect his popularity and standing as a leading educator.
Tyson’s 2017 bestseller Astrophysics for People in a Hurry offered more than one million readers an insightful and accessible understanding of the universe. Tyson’s most candid and heartfelt writing yet, Letters from an Astrophysicist introduces us to a newly personal dimension of Tyson’s quest to explore our place in the cosmos.5 illustrations
Review – Letters from an Astrophysicist by Neil deGrasse Tyson PDF
“Scintillating….Tyson’s latest is a stimulating companion to his Astrophysics for People in a Hurry and both are recommended for inspiring readers wary of science to give it a chance.”
– Booklist (starred review)
From the Back Cover
Praise for the #1 New York Times best-selling Astrophysics for People in a Hurry:
“This book will keep you fascinated with succinct and dynamic explanations of a wide variety of astronomical topics. A winner that every astronomy enthusiast should have on the bookshelf!”
– David J. Eicher, Astronomy
“Grappling with the scope of the universe…is no simple endeavor, but in this tidy overview, [Tyson] succeeds with seeming effortlessness.”
– John McMurtrie, San Francisco Chronicle
“Tyson’s insights are valuable for any leader, teacher, scientist or educator.”
– Carmine Gallo, Forbes
“A great gift for the scientifically inclined (but busy).”
– Laura Pearson, Chicago Tribune
“Lovely book. Last chapter worthy of Carl Sagan himself.”
– Richard Dawkins Letters from an Astrophysicist by Neil deGrasse Tyson PDF
There’s something of irony behind Neil deGrasse Tyson’s decision to publish excerpts from his collective correspondence. Letter writing is well-known as a dying art while astrophysics is abounding in new theories and insights. The book is precisely what the title suggests a compendium of various letters written by him, in response to the multiple questions he received over the past few decades, or for a newspaper editorial. One marvels at his communication and writing skills while we also recognize how he has impacted scores of people in his role as a science educator. Neil, of course, is consistent throughout his responses always respectful and courteous, whether it’s appreciation or hate mail. He repeatedly invokes the “cosmic perspective” and is unapologetic of his views on religion, particularly Christianity. His deep care for the future of the country and the universe stand out, as he explains the importance of education and critical thinking for the next generation.
Detail About Letters from an Astrophysicist by Neil deGrasse Tyson
- Name: Letters from an Astrophysicist
- Author: Neil deGrasse Tyson
- Language: English
- Genre: Educator Biographies, Science Essays & Commentary, Literary Letters,
- Format: PDF\ePub
- Size: 3.5 MB
- Page: 272
There’s something of an irony behind Neil deGrasse Tyson’s decision to publish excerpts from his collective correspondence. Letter writing is well-known as a dying art while astrophysics is abounding in new theories and insights.
But the book is less an exercise in corresponding and more an opportunity to get the perspective of deGrasse Tyson on issues that matter to contemporary Americans. Dr. Tyson is opposed to dogmatic religion (one imposes one’s beliefs on the world instead of trying to understand the world as it is), thinks modern philosophy is largely useless (so many words about the various meanings of words) and is most interested in teaching the young how to think for themselves and approach the world scientifically.Letters from an Astrophysicist by Neil deGrasse Tyson PDF
It’s not that these views are completely original, it’s that he is an excellent communicator of his perspectives (there is even a letter devoted to lecturing vs. conversing). Tyson wants to seize the young with the idea that of the trillions of possible human beings that can be formed by our genome they as an individual are lucky just to be alive. That as independent contributors, they can form testable predictions about the world and add to humankind’s progressive understanding. Ethically, they can choose to better the lives of those around them. With these three goals, it seems that Dr. deGrasse Tyson’s self imposed meaning of life will be achieved.
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There are also vibrant letters on wide ranging topics such as the value of ambition over IQ, the author’s personal experiences living a block from 9/11 and his thoughts on the increasing importance chosen and birth given identities are forming in our lives.
All in all, deGrasse Tyson seems like the kind of person you would want to correspond with which I think is what makes the book so successful.
If you want a thoughtful, non-partisan perspective on American life and culture I strongly recommend reading through this selection of Dr. Tyson’s public correspondence. One might not get a vivid impression of his correspondents but the personality and perspective of deGrasse Tyson come through strongly in these brief, but powerful, musings on American culture, science and the civilization to which they owe their birth.
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About the Author
Neil deGrasse Tyson is an astrophysicist with the American Museum of Natural History, host of the hit radio and Emmy-nominated TV show StarTalk, and the New York Times best-selling author of Astrophysics for People in a Hurry and Accessory to War: The Unspoken Alliance Between Astrophysics and the Military. He lives in New York City.