"Joseph is a lively tour guide, introducing readers to Mayan shamans and Russian scientists with equal aplomb."--Publishers Weekly
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THE END IS NIGH-ISH
Will 2012 be the year we all burn/drown/fall off the face of the planet as the solar system goes loco? The answer, frighteningly, is 'maybe'.
NASA, seismologists, paleontologists, geologists, meteorologists, vulcanologists, astronomers; the great ancient traditions, the Mayan calendar, the I-Ching and the Bible Code - it seems that people are lining up to predict that we shouldn't bother making any long-term plans.
Lawrence Joseph - journalist, science consultant and the only person who can write about potential disaster and make it funny - gets the bad news from astronomers in Siberia, observatories in South Africa, geophysicists, Mayan Shamans and psychics. Casting a sceptical if worried eye over claims of deadly solar radiation, a supervulcano under Yellowstone Park and the earth's magnetic field cracking up (among other potential dooms), he also provides fascinating insights into the science behind it all. Not to mention handy hints on what we might do to survive it, or, alternatively, where might be nicest to watch it all happen ...