Many individuals find science intimidating, and science texts are notoriously difficult to wade through. As a result, there has been a market for popular science books at least since Carl Sagan’s time, if not earlier. Sagan was an astronomer and astrophysicist who wrote several books introducing others to a variety of scientific topics. Science is not static, and researchers are making discoveries all the time. Books, magazines, and documentaries on popular science can help non-scientists stay abreast of such changes.
The following five books are examples of science books written for individuals with little or no background in science.
Astrophysics For People In A Hurry By Neil deGrasse Tyson
Astrophysics for People In A Hurry by Neil deGrasse Tyson, which was published in 2017, is a collection of twelve essays devoted to various topics in astrophysics ranging from the Big Bang to dark matter to gravity. It can thus be described as ‘Astrophysics for Dummies,’ as it provides the reader with an overview of the various topics. It is also an unthreatening 224 pages long. As fans of his shows and other books can attest, Tyson has a knack for putting complicated subjects into comprehensible layman’s terms. He is also a raconteur who will sometimes use a funny anecdote to make a point.
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