Cosmic Queries has the subtitle “StarTalk’s Guide to Who We Are, How We Got Here, and Where We’re Going.” I’ve listened to and enjoyed StarTalk a couple of times and have enjoyed Neil DeGrasse Tyson’s interviews on various programs. I love science, but I don’t know that much about astrophysics. I thought it was a good time to learn more.
Cosmic Queries is written in an interesting and humorous manner and I read through it quickly. It is written for someone like me who likes science but is not an expert in astrophysics. It goes through the history of the study of astrophysics, what makes up the universe, life in the universe, and the beginning and end of the universe.
Sections of the book are short and interesting, and the pictures are beautiful. Interspersed throughout are funny tweets from Neil DeGrasse Tyson. There were also interesting side bars often with biographies of important people in astrophysics, such as a tidbit about Henrietta Leavitt. She worked as a human computer at Harvard in the late 1800s and made a major breakthrough in astrophysics. Of course, the work was published under a man’s name and she did not get credit until after her death. I also loved reading about Galileo. His story fascinates me.
“Just because you can’t figure out how ancient civilizations-built stuff, doesn’t mean they got help from Aliens.” - Don’t tell this to my Dad!!
Overall, Cosmic Queries is a fascinating and often humorous book about the history and future of astrophysics. I greatly enjoyed it!
Book Source: Review Copy from Hachette Books as part of the TLC Book Tour. Thank-you! For more stops on this tour, check out this link.