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Neil DeGrasse Tyson , Dion Graham
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Aug 2007
Readers of his essays in "Natural History" magazine recognise Neil deGrasse Tyson's talent for guiding them through the mysteries of the cosmos with clarity and enthusiasm. Here, Tyson compiles his favourite essays across a myriad of 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. And "Hollywood Nights" assails the movie industry's feeble efforts to get its night skies right.
--This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

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  • Audio CD: 10 pages
  • Publisher: Blackstone Audiobooks; Unabridged edition (Aug 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 143320021X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1433200212
  • Product Dimensions: 14.8 x 13.6 x 3.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
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"...even more worthwhile for its sense of adventure and for showing just what science - imagination constrained by evidence - can tell us." Martin Ince, The Times Higher Education Supplement "...the excitement glows from every page." New Scientist" --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

About the Author

NEIL DEGRASSE TYSON is an astrophysicist with the American Museum of Natural History and serves as the director of the Hayden Planetarium. He is the author of Origins, which was praised as "very good popular science" in The Times. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

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5.0 out of 5 stars If it's Tuesday, it must be Betelgeuse 3 April 2008
"And behold the greatest mystery of them all: an unopened can of diet Pepsi floats in water while an unopened can of regular Pepsi sinks." - From DEATH BY BLACK HOLE

On graduating from high school near the top of my class, I had visions of becoming an aeronautical engineer helping send missions to the stars. (This was in 1967 during the height of the "space race".) But, the realities of university-level physics and differential calculus soon brought me back to earth with a crash. And then I got drafted. If only I'd had DEATH BY BLACK HOLE to read, I might've been inspired to greater academic efforts. I could've become a superstar in the field of astrophysics, you think?

Well, probably not; I'm more of a Life Sciences kind of guy.

In forty-two chapters arrayed in seven sections, astrophysicist Neil deGasse Tyson guides us on a grand tour of the universe from the Big Bang 14 billion years ago to its projected end trillions of years hence when all energy is dissipated and cosmic death arrives with a whimper.

Section 1: "The challenges of knowing what is knowable in the universe" covers (the inadequacies of) our built-in human senses, the universality of physical laws, the ability of scientific observations to fool the observer, the potential trap of overabundant information, and what can be learned using the most rudimentary of measuring systems, which, in Tyson's example, is an upright stick stuck into the ground.

Did you know that Saturn's rings will be gone in about 100 million years? Book your seat on the tour early.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
By Jimbay
This is book as an awesome collection of writings by Dr Tyson on very interesting cosmological and astronomical topics. Dr Tyson has a great ability to describe complex and sophisticated concepts of cosmology in a simple and fun way. If you think the sun is yellow and it rises from east and sets in west, then I highly recommend to read this book!!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant 20 May 2008
This must be one of the most entertaining, intelligent and informative books on popular science I've read in years. Can't really fault it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome 14 Sep 2012
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I am yet to see another book on creation of the universe and laws of the heathens that is as fun to read. This book is great, written in Tyson's famous style (watch a couple of his presentations and you will know what I am talking about), entertaining and funny. It is also insightful and isn't just collection of fun-fact, you get the whole picture. A great read if you are interested in the cosmos and how it came to be. Much easier to read than the bible!
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5.0 out of 5 stars A very good book 17 Aug 2012
By XCoder
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One of the best books I've read in long time. It will actually help you to understand what it takes to be a scientist. I really enjoyed the section "Knowledge of nature", which actually opened my eyes have ignorant I'm most of the time. Anyway, this is my first review, I have yet to gain skills in this field, the book is a must have for anyone who values rational thinking and any scientific knowledge.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Don't be scared by cosmology.... 26 May 2014
By Phil
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I came across this guy on YouTube and he was SO good at explaining tricky stuff. I watched a few more of his mini clips, then decided I needed a book. This one was the one most recommended by buyers and I have to say I find it totally fascinating.So much great info in it (easy to understand, and without jargon) that I find myself writing down numerous 'facts' just I can remember them. eg: * Over 200 planets not in our solar system have so far been discovered. * If the human eye could 'see' microwave energy, we would be able to spot police radar gun beams. * The moon doesn't exactly orbit the Earth - They both rotate around a point 1000 miles below the Earth's surface. Incidentally, black holes are just a tiny aspect of the book. Most of it is about new and updated information on astronomy and universe origins, etc. I really like this book. It's as interesting and easy to read as Bill Bryson's superb 'Short History of Nearly Everything.'
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