Death from the Skies!: The Science Behind the End of the World
With wit, humor, and an infectious love of astronomy that could win over even the science-phobic, this fun and fascinating book reminds us that outer space is anything but remote. The scientist behind the popular website badastronomy.com, Philip Plait presents some of the most fearsome... show more
With wit, humor, and an infectious love of astronomy that could win over even the science-phobic, this fun and fascinating book reminds us that outer space is anything but remote. The scientist behind the popular website badastronomy.com, Philip Plait presents some of the most fearsome end-of-the-world calamities (for instance, incoming asteroids and planet-swallowing black holes), demystifies the scientific principles at work behind them, and gives us the odds that any of them will step out of the realm of sci-fi to disrupt our quiet corner of the cosmos. The result is a book that is both terrifying and entertaining?a tour of the violent universe we live in, written with an enthusiasm that every stargazer will appreciate.
Publish date: August 25th 2009
Pages no: 336
Edition language: English
, Science Fiction
, Popular Science
Lectura divertida y rápida, con muchos puntos graciosos. Me gustó en particular que al mismo tiempo que el autor explica las probabilidades reales de que ocurra cada catástrofe tiene formas graciosas de insertar el what if? en el texto. El resutado es una lectura que se siente al mismo tiempo lejana...
Both the funniest and one of the most morbid non-fiction books I've read. Highly recommended.
If you aren't reading Phil Plait's Bad Astronomy blog over at Discover magazine, you should be. His writing is an awesome example of how real science can be just as awe-inspiring, cool and interesting as the "science" that underlays our most exciting and captivating science fiction stories.Are you a...
I really enjoyed this book. From the title, you can probably guess that this book appealed to my slightly fatalistic fascination with end-of-the-world, apocalyptic scenarios. I love pondering the unavoidable and the inevitable. And this book presents, of all the environmental, weather, and disease-r...
Plait writes astronomy very well. It's hard to cover an entire field from the beginning of time until the end, but Plait moves it right along, addresses all the horrible things the universe could throw at us (with the odds!), and manages to teach me more about all of it then I've learned from a sem...