Books by Neil deGrasse Tyson

Neil deGrasse Tyson was born and raised in New York City where he was educated in the public schools clear through his graduation from the Bronx High School of Science. Tyson went on to earn his BA in Physics from Harvard and his PhD in Astrophysics from


Released: Sept. 11, 2018

"An intriguing history. Look for mines and ray guns on the final frontier, for, as the authors conclude, 'what a country funds is what that country prioritizes.'"
An exploration of the bonds, fiscal and intellectual, between science and the military. Read full book review >
STARTALK YOUNG READERS EDITION by Neil deGrasse Tyson
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 20, 2018

"Rewarding reading for science geeks and casual browsers alike. (Nonfiction. 12-16)"
A slimmed-down version of the popular podcast's 2016 print spinoff, reflecting the show's free-wheeling mix of big issues and odd sidelights found at the intersection of the natural world and human culture. Read full book review >
ASTROPHYSICS FOR PEOPLE IN A HURRY by Neil deGrasse Tyson
NON-FICTION
Released: May 2, 2017

"A sublime introduction to some of the most exciting ideas in astrophysics that will leave readers wanting more."
America's most approachable astrophysicist distills the past, present, and (theoretical) future of the cosmos into a quick and thoroughly enjoyable read for a general audience. Read full book review >
Released: Oct. 1, 2016

"An entertaining introduction to astronomy."
An accessible and comprehensive overview of our universe by three eminent astrophysicists, based on an introductory course they have taught at Princeton University. Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: Feb. 27, 2012

"An enthusiastic, persuasive case to start probing outer space again."
Astrophysicist Tyson, the director of Hayden Planetarium at the American Museum of Natural History, delivers a forceful, cumulative argument for space exploration even in the face of a disastrous economy. Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: Jan. 22, 2007

"Smoothly entertaining, full of fascinating tidbits and frequently humorous, these essays show Tyson as one of today's best popularizers of science."
A collection of the author's astronomy columns from Natural History. Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: Oct. 1, 2004

"An accessible and extremely well written exploration of the deep waters of cosmology, astrophysics, and exobiology."
Companion volume to a PBS Nova special takes a look at the origins of life, the universe, and everything. Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: Feb. 1, 2000

"An entertaining, disorganized, and inspiring jaunt, the chief value of which is its message to readers: Reach for the stars."
A brief, engaging, sometimes scintillating ramble around the cosmos with Tyson (Astrophysics/Princeton; dir., Hayden Planetarium), who shares his perspectives and experiences as an African-American astrophysicist. Read full book review >
UNIVERSE DOWN TO EARTH by Neil deGrasse Tyson
NON-FICTION
Released: May 5, 1994

"Well-written, authoritative, and almost always entertaining- -highly recommended."
Readers who find the physical sciences intimidating might profit from a look into this witty and accessible introduction to the foundations of modern science, with an emphasis on astronomy, by Tyson (Astrophysics/Princeton). Read full book review >