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Astrophysics for People in a Hurry

By: on May 04, 2017
$11.37
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I wonder if calling Neil deGrasse Tyson's book about astrophysics one for "people in a hurry" is a nice way of saying it's really for people who have no quarkin' chance of understanding astrophysics outside of Tyson taking on the impossible task of watering his field down to 224 pages. People who are even more grateful to discover that only about 200 of those pages are filled with words you actually have to read (i.e., words that aren't part of title or index pages. No pictures, though. Sorry.) People like...me.

In Astrophysics for People in a Hurry, Tyson goes for succinctness and clarity--plus the wit we already know he has down--in his explanations of the nature of space and time, and how we fit within the universe. The book seeks to give those interested in the science of black holes, quantum mechanics, and the search for life outside of Earth an understanding of the topics that goes a little beyond a bunch of buzzwords, and an ability to talk and listen to others talk about them intelligently.

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Hyper(boloid) Beads Kit

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Aside from a supersized fidget toy or a DIY project to do with the kids on a rainy Sunday afternoon there isn't a real practical reason to put together a Hyper Beads Kit. But once the rolling symbol of infinity is finished...

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Feel Flux Anti-Gravity Toy

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Flux is metal and magnets, geometry and physics. Flux is for ye who fidget and ye who do tricks. Flux is a bringer of zen relaxation, party conversation, and experimental demonstration. Flux is a physics-based toy made...

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You gotta have some balls to call your watch an "horological machine" and charge over $200 grand for it. And MB&F's HM6 Space Pirate is definitely a watch with balls. Five of them, to be exact. The timepiece's transparent...

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