Astrophysics for People in a Hurry is a very readable account of the creation of the universe and how the universe works, written by Neil deGrasse Tyson. I had this on my watch list for a long time finally pull the trigger and started reading it.
Neil deGrasse Tyson breaks down the universe into manageable chunks, from leptons to galaxies. He does a good job with theoretical concepts like dark matter and dark energy, pulsars, quasars, and other flashing bits. Since I’ve watched many of his appearances, it was easy to hear his voice in my head. There’s a fair amount of humor but not enough to distract from all the sciencing going on.
But, Tyson has a gift for making the impossibly complex digestible, and this brief overview of some of the most fascinating topics in astrophysics is not only enlightening and entertaining, it also provides ample food for thought and a much-needed reason to reflect on things that transcend the day-to-day insanity we call life these days.