Astrophysics for People Who Have Time?
After reading Neil DeGrasse Tyson’s new book Astrophysics for People in a Hurry, I began to wonder. What information was left out for brevity’s sake?
What questions were left unasked, or unanswered? What topic and concepts were glossed over or ignored all together?
I enjoyed this book; I enjoy most of Tyson’s work. I think he’s a wonderful popularizer of
science and astronomy and has a gregarious nature that makes people excited.
But what did he leave out?
Maybe we needed more about anti-matter? Tyson discusses anti-matter’s reaction to matter, but what is anti-matter?
Maybe he should have written more on the universality of physical laws? Tyson uses it to lay foundation gravity, but don’t the laws of physics break down inside black holes?
How about the Cosmic Background radiation? Because I like history, I was sad that Fred Hoyle’s role in the evolution of the Big Bang theory was so short.
And “vacuum energy? I would like to know more about matter and ani-matter popping into and out of existence.
Dark matter? When interviewed by Stephen Colbert, Tyson said he would prefer the term “Dark Gravity.” Why?
That’s only the first handful of chapters. What else was left un-touched?
What questions did you have after reading Astrophysics for People in a Hurry? What topics did Tyson leave out in your reading?