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The Sky Is Not the Limit: Adventures of an Urban Astrophysicist Paperback – 1 May 2004
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"It's easy to imagine [this] memoir inspiring young future astrophysicists--and inspiring grownups to help them out."
“A fascinating story of a person who is dedicated to his chosen field… highly recommended.”
About the Author
Neil deGrasse Tyson, an American astrophysicist, author, and science communicator, is the Frederick P. Rose Director of the Hayden Planetarium at the Rose Center for Earth and Space and a research associate in the department of astrophysics at the American Museum of Natural History. The host of Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey on FOX—an update to Carl Sagan's Cosmos: A Personal Voyage television series—he previously hosted NOVA ScienceNow on PBS and has been a frequent guest on The Daily Show, The Colbert Report, Real Time with Bill Maher, and Jeopardy! He is the author of Death by Black Hole and Space Chronicles, among other works.
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“The Sky Is Not the Limit” is the entertaining biography of astrophysicist Neil De Grasse Tyson. Best-selling author and science icon Neil deGrasse Tyson takes the reader on a journey through his eyes, which is to say the cosmos and many interesting insights of his life. This uplifting 203-page book includes the following seven chapters: 1. Night Vision, 2. Space, the Final Frontier, 3. Scientific Adventures, 4. Dark Matters, 5. Romancing the Cosmos, 6. The End of the World, and 7. God and the Astronomers.
1. Great science writing. Informative, interesting, accessible and fun to read.
2. The fascinating life of Neil deGrasse Tyson (NDT), makes for a great biography. “In these pages, I share what I believe to be amusing and playful moments of my life in the cosmos.”
3. The book has excellent flow. The pages read themselves.
4. NDT’s charm is found throughout the book. He shares his interest in the universe and his life as a black man in America.
5. The impact of good teachers on students. “A student's academic life experience can be constructed from much more than what happens in a classroom. Good teachers know this. The best teachers make sure it happens, and measure their own success as educators not by how many students earned As in their class but by the testimony of whose lives they enriched.”
6. Not afraid to provide constructive criticism. “So we have created, and willingly support, an educational system that honors the highest grades in class and on exams, but these same perfect grades bear little or no predictive value for those who will actually express the talent that shapes our contemporary culture.”
7. NDT shares his favorite courses. “My favorite between them, and my favorite of them all was simply titled Astronomy Roundtable, which covered the physics and the mathematics of relativity, black holes, quasars, and the big bang.”
8. NDT’s philosophy is top notch. “Actually, there is no shame in not knowing. The problem arises when irrational thought and attendant behavior fill the vacuum left by ignorance.”
9. Shares perspectives on interesting topics like the defense of humanity. “we must colonize space in as many places as possible, which will proportionally reduce the chance of our annihilation from a collision between Earth and a comet or asteroid—we would then no longer have all our eggs in one basket, as it were.”
10. The impact of 911 on NDT. “The fires created a furnace hot enough to render molten the steel cores of the World Trade Center towers. Before my apartment received professional cleaning, I collected a vial's worth to keep as a kind of reliquary—in remembrance of a tragic portal through which we had all passed.”
11. Social criticism. “At the risk of sounding like a curmudgeon, allow me to say that one of society's greatest ills is the astonishing breadth and depth of its scientific (and mathematical) illiteracy.”
12. In defense of the scientific method. “Initial uncertainty is a natural element of the scientific method, yet the scientific method is, without question, the most powerful and successful path ever devised to understand the physical world.”
13. So why did Pluto get demoted? Find out.
14. Fun tidbits. So what about the metric system? “Last I checked, only four countries are left in the world that do not officially sanction the metric system in their general population: Liberia, Myanmar, South Yemen, and the United States of America.”
15. Fascinating look at being black in America. “At no place along that timeline could I recall a black person (who is neither an entertainer nor an athlete) being interviewed as an expert on something that had nothing whatever to do with being black.” “I can summarize my life's path by noting the following: in the perception of society, my athletic talents are genetic; I am a likely mugger-rapist; my academic failures are expected; and my academic successes are attributed to others.”
16. Math and physics. “Equations are not ideas unto themselves. They are just the symbols that represent ideas.”
17. The end of the world. “The complete list of corpses may sound familiar: black holes, neutron stars (pulsars), white dwarfs, and even brown dwarfs are each a dead end on the evolutionary tree of stars.”
18. Religion versus science, always a fascinating topic. “The claims of science rely on experimental verification, while the claims of religions rely on faith.” “I have yet to see a successful prediction about the physical world that was inferred or extrapolated from the information content of any religious document. Indeed, I can make an even stronger statement. Whenever people have used religious documents to make accurate predictions about our base knowledge of the physical world, they have been famously wrong.”
19. A photo insert.
1. Very little supplementary visual material on the substance of the narrative.
2. No links to notes.
3. No formal bibliography.
In summary, icons that are genuinely passionate about their work always impress me. NDT loves being an astrophysicist and his engaging words flow beautifully throughout. A fascinating life in a fascinating career, a biography worth reading. I recommend it!
Further recommendations: “Origins: Fourteen Billion Years of Cosmic Evolution”, “Welcome to the Universe: An Astrophysical Tour” and “Astrophysics for People in a Hurry by Neil deGrasse Tyson, “Cosmos” Carl Sagan, “The Big Picture” Sean Carroll, “A Universe From Nothing” by Lawrence Krauss, “The Grand Design” by Stephen Hawking, “The Elegant Universe” by Brian Greene, and “Wonders of the Solar System” and “Wonders of the Universe” by Brian Cox.
The book is over far too soon, but that's not due to any flaw in the book; you just want to spend more time learning more about NDT and his story. That the reader is so entertained that he or she is left wanting to spend more time reading what the author writes is the surest sign of a successful book of any kind, in my eyes.