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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“[Tyson] tackles a great range of subjects . . . with great humor, humility, and—most important— humanity.” —Entertainment Weekly

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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User Review  - melydia - LibraryThing

A collection of essays by one of the best science popularizers of our time. It's not just about black holes; it's about a lot of different science topics, including astronomy, skepticism, and history ... Read full review

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User Review  - Michael_Rose - LibraryThing

One of the lessons I learned from this book is that you can learn a lot about the universe from a stick in the mud. Literally. If you enjoy watching Neil deGrasse Tyson, you'll probably enjoy reading him too. Read full review

Contents

Preface
11
THE NATURE OF KNOWLEDGE
25
THE KNOWLEDGE OF NATURE
69
Antimatter Matters
102
WAYS AND MEANS OF NATURE How Nature presents herself to the inquiring mind 11 The Importance of Being Constant
111
Speed Limits
119
Going Ballistic
127
On Being Dense
135
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
Ends of the World
263

Over the Rainbow
144
Cosmic Windows
152
Colors of the Cosmos
161
Cosmic Plasma
168
Fire and Ice
175
THE MEANING OF LIFE The challenges and triumphs of knowing how we got here 20 Dust to Dust
185
Forged in the Stars
192
Send in the Clouds
199
Goldilocks and the Three Planets
207
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 its world-famous Hayden Planetarium, host of the hit radio and TV show StarTalk, and an award-winning author. He lives in New York City.

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