Death by Black Hole: And Other Cosmic Quandaries
A vibrant collection of essays on the cosmos from the nation's best-known astrophysicist. “One of today’s best popularizers of science.”—Kirkus Reviews.Loyal readers of the monthly "Universe" essays in Natural History magazine have long recognized Neil deGrasse Tyson's talent for guiding them... show more
A vibrant collection of essays on the cosmos from the nation's best-known astrophysicist. “One of today’s best popularizers of science.”—Kirkus Reviews.Loyal readers of the monthly "Universe" essays in Natural History magazine have long recognized Neil deGrasse Tyson's talent for guiding them through the mysteries of the cosmos with stunning clarity and almost childlike enthusiasm. Here, Tyson compiles his favorite essays across a myriad of cosmic topics. The title essay introduces readers to the physics of black holes by explaining the gory details of what would happen to your body if you fell into one. "Holy Wars" examines the needless friction between science and religion in the context of historical conflicts. "The Search for Life in the Universe" explores astral life from the frontiers of astrobiology. And "Hollywood Nights" assails the movie industry's feeble efforts to get its night skies right. Known for his ability to blend content, accessibility, and humor, Tyson is a natural teacher who simplifies some of the most complex concepts in astrophysics while simultaneously sharing his infectious excitement about our universe.
Publish date: November 17th 2007
Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company
Pages no: 384
Edition language: English
I felt a little cheated by the title of this book, since the part that includes dying by black hole is close to the end of the book. After listening to that part, however; I understand why this book is called that. It's a very intense and disturbing image. I've listened to another of Tyson's b...
Tyson and only Tyson ( after the death of Carl Sagan ) can brings the cosmos down to earth , he is the hero of contemporary astrophysicists ,I am chasing him on YouTube , Star Talk and Twitter , unfortunately part of his book are unavailable here on the internet :/ This book is one of few books...
rosado> walkies!Apparently, this gentleman is often on the box in the corner (that isn't so funny anymore is it, now that the TV is never a box in the corner anymore.)Not about this book, more along the mode of listening: have you got the 'find friend' app? Small things amuse us here, I try an get t...
Seems like a collection of essays, but they are collected into larger topics and work well together. Death by Black Hole is only one of them; most are excellent and very accessible to the non-physicist. First I've read from Dr. Tyson; will read more in the near future!
Don't be fooled by the title! If your'e really interested in cosmic catastrophes I'd highly recommend Phil Plait's Death from the Skies!: These Are the Ways the World Will End.... If you've never watched PBS's Nova or had the chance to hear Tyson speak, you don't know what you're missing. Tyson is ...