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Letters from an Astrophysicist

Written by: Neil deGrasse Tyson
Length: 5 hrs and 35 mins
Categories: Science & Math, Astronomy
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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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  • Hansie Engelbrecht
  • 21-12-19

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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  • Amazon Customer
  • 27-10-19

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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  • Simon Meikle
  • 02-01-20

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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  • Julien Coullet
  • 23-12-19

Better if limited to one letter per day

As always, valuable information and precious experience from the great Scientist-in-Chief we love. However, some replies are too short, and more contextual footnotes would have been welcome.

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  • Mr. Richard B. Sweeney
  • 02-11-19

Perfect from start to finish.

Entertaining and Educational, humourous and informative. I really enjoyed Neil's reading style as well as the other participants. Well done!

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  • Tim
  • 31-10-19

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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  • Amit Shah
  • 02-12-19

Inspiring but short, exceptional wordsmith, but

I guess I just miss the science. Its great to see how a true influencer should behave and respond, but there was something missing... Even with Neil's great voice

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  • John Szwec
  • 29-10-19

Awful

Not sure who this is for but he is a poor man's Brian Cox. Or maybe America's Brian Cox....Awful. Just a ruse to make money from his inbox....Don't bother .

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  • Anonymous User
  • 19-12-19

Highly recommended reading/audiobook

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

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  • Manoj Goriga
  • 04-12-19

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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  • rehoszvm
  • 13-11-19

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.