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Death from the Skies!: These Are the Ways the World Will End . . . - Philip Plait
Death from the Skies!: These Are the Ways the World Will End . . .
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A lively astronomy primer that uses cataclysmic scenarios to explain the universe?s most fascinating events.According to astronomer Philip Plait, the universe is an apocalypse waiting to happen But how much do we really need to fear from things like black holes, gamma-ray bursts, and supernovae?... show more
A lively astronomy primer that uses cataclysmic scenarios to explain the universe?s most fascinating events.According to astronomer Philip Plait, the universe is an apocalypse waiting to happen But how much do we really need to fear from things like black holes, gamma-ray bursts, and supernovae? And if we should be scared, is there anything we can do to save ourselves? With humor and wit, Plait details the myriad doomsday events that the cosmos could send our way to destroy our planet and life as we know it. This authoritative yet accessible study is the ultimate astronomy lesson. Combining fascinating?and often alarming?scenarios that seem plucked from science fiction with the latest research and opinions, Plait illustrates why outer space is not as remote as most people think. Each chapter explores a different phenomenon, explaining it in easy-to-understand terms, and considering how life on earth and the planet itself would be affected should the event come to pass. Rather than sensationalizing the information, Plait analyzes the probability of these catastrophes occurring in our lifetimes and what we can do to stop them. With its entertaining tone and enlightening explanation of unfathomable concepts, Death from the Skies! will appeal to science buffs and beginners alike.
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Format: hardcover
ISBN: 9780670019977 (0670019976)
ASIN: 670019976
Publisher: Viking Adult
Pages no: 336
Edition language: English
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Barrita
Barrita rated it
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...
Mike Mullin, Author
Mike Mullin, Author rated it
5.0 Death from the Skies!: These Are the Ways the World Will End . . .
Both the funniest and one of the most morbid non-fiction books I've read. Highly recommended.
Booklog
Booklog rated it
5.0 Death from the Skies!: These Are the Ways the World Will End . . .
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...
Myrto
Myrto rated it
4.0 Death from the Skies!: These Are the Ways the World Will End...
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...
Kaethe
Kaethe rated it
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...
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