Death by Black Hole: And Other Cosmic Quandaries

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W. W. Norton & Company, Nov 17, 2007 - Science - 384 pages
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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 clarity and enthusiasm. Bringing together more than forty of Tyson's favorite essays, ?Death by Black Hole? explores a myriad of cosmic topics, from what it would be like to be inside a black hole to the movie industry's feeble efforts to get its night skies right. One of America's best-known astrophysicists, Tyson is a natural teacher who simplifies the complexities of astrophysics while sharing his infectious fascination for our universe.
  

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Gotta love Neil's writing. - Goodreads
A great introduction to astrophysics. - Goodreads
An excellent introduction to the world of Astrophysics. - Goodreads
Tyson is a great writer. - Goodreads
He uses humor in his writing at all the right moments. - Goodreads
... instead of just doing research and publishing. - Goodreads

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I ended up watching a revise version on Cosmos when it was on Fox. I've only seen a few episodes of the original with Carl Edward Sagan and was always amazed on how well he was able to explained space ... Read full review

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I enjoy reading about physics and astrophysics. And while I don't have much of a mathematical background in those sciences (beyond the basics), I took enough classes in high school and undergrad (and ... Read full review

Contents

Preface
11
THE NATURE OF KNOWLEDGE
23
THE KNOWLEDGE OF NATURE
67
Antimatter Matters
102
WAYS AND MEANS OF NATURE
109
How Nature presents herself to the inquiring mind 11 The Importance of Being Constant
111
Speed Limits
119
Going Ballistic
127
Goldilocks and the Three Planets
207
Water Water
213
Living Space
221
Life in the Universe
229
Our Radio Bubble
238
WHEN THE UNIVERSE TURNS
247
All the ways the cosmos wants to kill us 28 Chaos in the Solar System
249
Coming Attractions
254

On Being Dense
135
Over the Rainbow
144
Cosmic Windows
152
Colors of the Cosmos
161
Cosmic Plasma
168
Fire and Ice
175
THE MEANING OF LIFE
183
The challenges and triumphs ofknowing how we got here 20 Dust to Dust
185
Forged in the Stars
192
Send in the Clouds
199
Ends of the World
263
Galactic Engines
268
Knock Em Dead
275
SCIENCE AND CULTURE
289
On Being Baffled
303
Let There Be Dark
320
SCIENCE AND
335
The Perimeter of Ignorance
353
Name Index
369
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Neil deGrasse Tyson is an astrophysicist with the American Museum of Natural History, director of the world-famous Hayden Planetarium, a monthly columnist for Natural History, and an award-winning author. He has begun production of a new Cosmos series, premiering in early 2013. He lives in New York City.

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