First, this is a book of science.
Don’t let the title of the book fool you. Yes, it is a quick read, but if you don’t know the terms, you will need to take your time getting through it. Neil deGrasse Tyson throws a lot at you all at once, so be prepared.
Personally, I love the hell out of physics and astronomy, so this was a no-brainer to put on my shelf. That and being a huge fan of Tyson, I was already going into this book ready to love it.
Each chapter is a quick overview of what we know today about the nature of astrophysics, which, if you like to think big thoughts about the universe, is a total geek fest.
I can’t say for certain whether this book will be enough to convince people to take an interest in the sciences. It appears to attract the people already into it, hence why I picked it up.
However, if you’re willing to show some interest in what we’ve learned as a species over the past five hundred years about the cosmos, it’s worth the read.