Book review: Welcome to the Universe by Neil deGrasse Tyson, Michael A. Strauss and J. Richard Gott

By Charlotte Volk

 

Forget everything you thought you knew about space, time, and the entire universe, because Welcome to the Universe is here to completely change the way you look at the world. Published in 2016, this book covers all the most current and up-to-date developments at the frontiers of astrophysics.

Welcome to the Universe is based on an introductory astrophysics course that renowned astrophysicists Neil deGrasse Tyson, Michael A. Strauss and J. Richard Gott taught at Princeton University. The course was meant for undergraduate students who weren’t majoring in science and had probably not taken many science courses before, so you don’t have to be a science geek to read it. Given that the original course was meant for university students, engineering students will be able to understand the math. However, the authors also talk through the equations and explain the results in layman’s terms, meaning that you don’t have to read or understand the math if you don’t want to.

Even if you don’t understand everything, though, Welcome to the Universe is still worth reading. It will give you a better understanding about the way the universe works, and most of the topics it talks about, like black holes and time travel, are incredibly interesting. For example, my favourite section was written by J. Richard Gott, and explains the really “weird stuff” that you might not have thought about before, such as time travel, wormholes through spacetime, and the multiverse theory. If you want a brain-stretching book written in an exciting, engaging way, look no further. Welcome to the Universe is perfect for people who want to explore the frontiers of science from the comfort of their own homes.

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