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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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.
 

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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  - yakov.perelman - LibraryThing

Superb, wonderful, this book is to Tyson what Cosmos was to Sagan. An absolute must-read for any science lover, either beginner or with formal education. 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, host of the 2014 television series Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey, and an award-winning author. He lives in New York City.

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