17 Feb Astrophysics for People in a Hurry | Neil deGrasse Tyson
2019: Book #8
I just finished, Astrophysics for People in a Hurry by Neil deGrasse Tyson.
Honestly, my brain hurts. Is dark matter of this dimension or something left from another? I’ve had to stop numerous times and use a dictionary.
You might be asking why I am reading such a book. The answer: to keep learning and to force my mind to grow. My hope is that doing so will make me a better leader. Also, I hope to keep my ability to learn elastic—constantly stretching my mind, so that I’m learning new things.
We all get stuck in patterns of thinking. A book like this tests one’s own mental boundaries.
Tyson’s book is very good. However, for all his attempts to make this an entry level book, I still had to take breaks and use a dictionary.
Tyson is not a believer in Jesus or a heavenly Father. For now, he remains unconvinced, but does at least leave the door open for a God/god…but only as nameless creator.
A couple of quotes from the book:
“Two famous celestial non-spheres are Phobos and Deimos, the Idaho potato-shaped moons of Mars. On thirteen-mile-long Phobos, the bigger of the two moons, an average person would weigh the same as five french fries.”
“The Sun loses material from its surface at a rate of more than a million tons per second.”
There’s so much more.
I give the book 5 out of 5 stars, but be prepared to be overwhelmed.
Tyson’s book is difficult, but fun. Hopefully, it will increase your capacity to think and see things from a different perspective. Such mental exercises are critical for leaders who have to make important decisions.
That’s book #8 for 2019.
44 more to go.
Remember, all leaders are readers.
If you want to be a better leader…be a reader.