Welcome to the Universe


Welcome to the Universe: An Astrophysical Tour
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AuthorNeil deGrasse Tyson
Michael A. Strauss
J. Richard Gott
CountryUnited States
PublisherPrinceton University Press
Publication date
September 20, 2016
Media typePrint (Hardcover)
Preceded bySpace Chronicles 
Followed byAstrophysics for People in a Hurry 

Welcome to the Universe: An Astrophysical Tour is a popular science book by Neil deGrasse Tyson, Michael A. Strauss, and J. Richard Gott, based on an introductory astrophysics course they co-taught at Princeton University.[1] The book was published by the Princeton University Press on September 20, 2016.[2]


Welcome to the Universe: An Astrophysical Tour has been praised by literary critics. Kirkus Reviews described the book as "an accessible and comprehensive overview of our universe by three eminent astrophysicists" and "an entertaining introduction to astronomy."[3] John Timpane of The Philadelphia Inquirer similarly called it "a well-illustrated tour that includes Pluto, questions of intelligent life, and whether the universe is infinite."[4] Publishers Weekly wrote:

Reading through is akin to receiving a private museum tour from an expert scientist; the exhibits include Newton's laws of motion, what will happen after our sun dies, how the space between stars is measured, quasars and black holes, time travel, why the "Big Bang model is far more than 'just a theory,' " and the possibility of other life in the galaxy. The authors present challenging content in accessible prose as they lead readers from our solar system to the edge of the visible universe, getting into the how and the what of just about everything there is to know about the cosmos.[5]


  1. ^ Christopher Ingraham (6 October 2017). "We have a pretty good idea of when humans will go extinct". The Washington Post. Retrieved 10 October 2017.
  2. ^ Ryerson, James (September 23, 2016). "The Truth Is Out There". The New York Times. Retrieved October 5, 2016.
  3. ^ "Welcome to the Universe: An Astrophysical Tour". Kirkus Reviews. August 3, 2016. Retrieved October 5, 2016.
  4. ^ Timpane, John (September 19, 2016). "Fall books: A warm, full, exciting autumn ahead". The Philadelphia Inquirer. Retrieved October 5, 2016.
  5. ^ "Welcome to the Universe: An Astrophysical Tour". Publishers Weekly. August 22, 2016. Retrieved October 5, 2016.