Death by Black Hole: And Other Cosmic Quandaries Audio CD – Audiobook, 1 Aug 2007
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"Characteristically fun and jaunty." "Tyson proves that no topic is too big or small for his scrutiny... [He] tackles an impressive range of subjects... with great humor, humility, and-most important-humanity." -- Wook Kim "Dr. Tyson has a grand time dissecting certain forms of foolishness. Get it, plan to savor it" -- Angela Gunn "Tyson comes across as having an excellent grasp of the current state of astrophysics, cosmology, chemistry and other scientific disciplines... he conveys knowledge clearly to the nonspecialist, often with ingratiating humor and wit." -- Roy E. Perry --This text refers to the Paperback edition.
About the Author
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. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.
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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.Read more ›
Now, I need to buy printed version to proudly put it on my shelf.
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Loved this book, lots of science, lots of opinion, but it's all about the dataPublished 9 months ago by R. Middleton
didn't read after he called 'if a tree falls and no one is around to hear it, does it still make a sound' a "stupid question"... Read morePublished 18 months ago by Mr. I. Erem
One of the many book about cosmos, nothing specific. Major turn off is that Neil is just piling one fact on the top of another without giving it all a structure. Read morePublished 19 months ago by Anton Kamnev
Well written in Neil's entertaining voice, however devoid of a logical thread. Its a collection if past essays written by him, with lots of overlap in information and not nearly... Read morePublished 20 months ago by mat
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