Astrophysics for People in a Hurry | Neil deGrasse Tyson

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2019: Book #8

Gravity.
Quarks.
Dark matter.
Dark energy.

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.
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