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Letters from an Astrophysicist by Neil deGrasse Tyson

Letters from an Astrophysicist

Neil deGrasse Tyson

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Imprint: Black Lace
Publisher: Ebury Publishing
Publication date: 10 Oct 2019
ISBN: 9780753553787

Join the galactic conversation on the biggest issues in the universe`Don't fear change. But if you've got plenty of that, then you have nothing to fear at all' - Neil deGrasse TysonNeil deGrasse Tyson is arguably the most influential, acclaimed scientist on the planet.

3 stars out of 5
6 Oct 2019

"You can’t doubt Tyson’s commitment to the cause. He takes the time to reply to a huge range of correspondents, no matter how unhinged"

Don’t expect many scientific revelations, though. Like our own more wistful and winsome stargazer Brian Cox, the straight-talking Tyson has written some accessible guides to the elusive concepts of cosmology — Astrophysics for People in a Hurry is a good introduction — but when it comes to dealing with the public, so much time is spent defending and explaining the basics of empiricism and the scientific method that there’s little room left for digging into the detail.

And for a guardian of the truth, Tyson can be surprisingly cavalier with the facts, blithely asserting that no powerful nation has ever elected a scientist as its leader (Margaret Thatcher worked as a research chemist, and Angela Merkel was awarded her doctorate for a thesis on quantum chemistry)... Such slips aside, Tyson is an able and engaging defender of reason. What’s concerning is that, in the technological superpower that counts Benjamin Franklin among its founding fathers, he should still be needed so badly.