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Letters from an Astrophysicist

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Join the galactic conversation on the biggest issues in the universe.

"Don't fear change. Don't fear failure. The only thing to fear is loss of ambition. But if you've got plenty of that, then you have nothing to fear at all." (Neil deGrasse Tyson)

Neil deGrasse Tyson is arguably the most influential, acclaimed scientist on the planet. As director of the Hayden Planetarium, and host of Cosmos and StarTalk, he has dedicated his life to exploring and explaining the mysteries of the universe.

Every year, he receives thousands of letters – from students to prisoners, scientists to priests. Some seek advice, others yearn for inspiration; some are full of despair, others burst with wonder. But they are all searching for understanding, meaning and truth.

His replies are by turns wise, funny, and mind-blowing. In this, his most personal book by far, he covers everything from God to the history of science, from aliens to death. He bares his soul – his passions, his doubts, his hopes. The big theme is everywhere: what is our place in the universe?

The result is an awe-inspiring listen and an intimate portal into an incredible mind, which reveals the power of the universe to start conversations and inspire curiosity in all of us.

©2019 Neil deGrasse Tyson (P)2019 Penguin Audio

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Highly recommended reading/audiobook

Loved it! My intro to Neil deGrasse Tyson. A thoroughly enjoyable and learning listening experience.

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letters of knowledge

thank you Neil for sharing the letters you received, you are awesome and inspire many. your distance relative, Manoj Goriga.❤️

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Too Arrogant.

Neil may think he is doing the science community some form of justice by disproving illiterate or uneducated writers presumptions but really he is coming off as arrogant and ultimately rude. There are better cosmos books out there. Pass.

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  • Hansie Engelbrecht
  • 21-12-2019

Inspires curiosity

Love the different perspectives, even though I'm religious it's always nice listening to perspectives that is different from my own it gives a greater picture of the world from a new point of few.

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  • Tim
  • 31-10-2019

Disappointing

Whilst some letters clear up some fairly obvious floors in standard common sense, there's little here beyond that. No in depth extrapolation on a point that would truly reward the curiosity of those who've written to him, despite the questions often being a little basic. I find Neil a very interesting character, so I was hoping for more.

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  • Simon Meikle
  • 02-01-2020

Funny, insightful and touching.

Loved this book. It was as funny and informative as Professor Tyson's best work giving the listener a glimpse into the makeup of the people of the world and a look behind the curtain into the core of Professor Tyson.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 27-10-2019

Lessons,answers and advice

Hello, I’ve found the book to be touching personal matters, day to day quest of people who have been or going through life asking mr Neil drGrasse Tyson al sorts of questions and advice. Thank you for sharing I really enjoyed the book.

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  • debbie
  • 17-09-2020

Several hours of Neil being a boss

Doctor Tyson does his usual thing, where he expresses his calculated thoughts in order to vanquish ignorance and enlighten all those that have the privilege of listening to his masterful story telling and passion for educating people to become more scientifically literate.

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  • Ragne
  • 25-06-2020

Touchingly personal

Touching, funny, thought provoking, and well read. I gave it 4 stars, as he can sometimes be overly condescending. Granted, it's often well deserved, but far from always.

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  • Jerome C.
  • 17-06-2020

Just amazing

How can any words in any language describe how eye opening and amazing this book is. Must read

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  • DMXIrvine
  • 01-06-2020

Likable Writer, Little Science

I do like Neil as a writer, and their are a good few nuggets of wisdom here no doubt, however the title would suggest that their is alot more "astrophysics" here than there actually is. It's more of a biography of sorts, Dr Tyson defending or explaining his views in short notes, never going into much detail on anything. Not to say it's not insightful, there are some touching and interesting views and stories laid out here, but don't get it twisted, if you want SCIENCE, their are better books by the same author.

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  • Dave Reddy
  • 18-03-2020

Out of This World.

I thoroughly enjoyed it. In saying that I would have loved some more stories between letters, narration was fantastic.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 14-02-2020

Neil Dee Grasse Tyson

Neil De Grasse Tyson is a living legend. Appreciate his knowledge and the eloquent way he shares it with the world.

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  • TomNI
  • 04-02-2020

this book is one of the best i read

Letters to the astrophysicist are personal so are the answers. Dr. Tyson is a smart man and he present his opinions in very civilised manner.