Physics & Astronomy

Welcome to the Universe: An Astrophysical Tour

The New York Times bestselling tour of the cosmos from three of today's leading astrophysicists


Sep 29, 2016
7 x 10 in.
95 color illus.
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Authors discussing Welcome to the Universe

Welcome to the Universe is a personal guided tour of the cosmos by three of today’s leading astrophysicists. Inspired by the enormously popular introductory astronomy course that Neil deGrasse Tyson, Michael A. Strauss, and J. Richard Gott taught together at Princeton, this book covers it all—from planets, stars, and galaxies to black holes, wormholes, and time travel.

Describing the latest discoveries in astrophysics, the informative and entertaining narrative propels you from our home solar system to the outermost frontiers of space. How do stars live and die? Why did Pluto lose its planetary status? What are the prospects of intelligent life elsewhere in the universe? How did the universe begin? Why is it expanding and why is its expansion accelerating? Is our universe alone or part of an infinite multiverse? Answering these and many other questions, the authors open your eyes to the wonders of the cosmos, sharing their knowledge of how the universe works.

Breathtaking in scope and stunningly illustrated throughout, Welcome to the Universe is for those who hunger for insights into our evolving universe that only world-class astrophysicists can provide.

Awards and Recognition

  • A New York Times Bestseller
  • One of Men’s Journal’s 40 Best Books of 2016
  • One of Symmetry Magazine’s Physics Books of 2016
  • One of Ars Technica’s 12 engrossing nonfiction books from 2016
  • Honorable Mention for the 2017 PROSE Award in Cosmology and Astronomy, Association of American Publishers
  • One of’s 10 Best Popular Science Books of 2016: Maths, Physics, Chemistry
  • Longlisted for the 2018 AAAS/Subaru SB&F Prizes for Excellence in Science Books, Young Adult Science Books