Megacatastrophes!: Nine Strange Ways the World Could End Paperback – 4 Oct 2012
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“Impressive… Reminds us that the air of reassuring omnipotence that our leaders like to project is mere illusion.” Wall Street Journal
“A mix of good old-fashioned silliness and some fine science writing.” (four stars) BBC Focus Magazine
“Accessible and entertaining… Brings often complex and abstract threats frighteningly to life.” Financial Times
“Curiously pleasurable… this will help you get your everday problems into perspective.”--The Independent
“Splendid! Stimulating, entertaining, and scientifically plausible.” Adam Hart-Davis bestselling author and BBC presenter
“A surprisingly cheerful look at the science of how humanity might meet a messy end, from incurable diseases to exploding stars.” Chad Orzel author of the bestselling How to Teach Quantum Physics to Your Dog
“Interesting and entertaining: the perfect excuse to learn science from the atomic to the galactic and from the terrestrial to the extra-terrestrial. Well-written and accessible to any audience.” Alfonso Davila - SETI Institute
“Delightful. An authoritative but good-humored look at an array of natural and technological disasters.&rqduo; Albert A. Harrison Professor Emeritus of Psychology, University of California, Davis, and author of Starstruck: Cosmic Visions in Science, Religion and Folklore
“Nicely written, thoroughly researched, and highly recommended. Doomsday is already marked in the calendar.”--Alberto Fairen NASA Ames Research Center
“Fascinating, if somewhat macabre... A fabulous book that got better with every page - I couldn t put it down!”--Debra Fischer Professor of Astronomy, Yale University
‘An interesting way of drawing together a bundle of scientific knowledge’ 4 stars - BBC Sky at Night
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Top Customer Reviews
After an illuminating introduction there are nine chapters on possible causes of Doomsday events including nano technology, supervolcanoes, asteroids, incurable diseases, gamma-ray bursts & alien invasion.
'Megacatastrophes!' is a well-written and accessible book which covers a wide-range of scientific ideas and manages to be entertaining despite the apocalyptic subject matter.
Like me you may not always agree with the conclusions, but none of these 'events' are completely outlandish so it'll be the Catastrophometer rating that could easily end up being the basis of a very strange pub discussion... The writing style is straightforward, and mainly avoids complex maths or physics, although I found some parts relating to the LHC (large hadron collider) section quite hard to follow, so I think it would be fair to say that large parts of the book are accessible to most people.
Its certainly the best book I've read on the likely causes of the end of the world, and grey goo (read to find out) is now etched in my consciousness!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
very good pleased ( i will not write words that I do not want to write even to make it 17 words)Published on 10 Dec. 2012 by G. poa
A well written and engaging book filled with what appears to be credible science. I recommend it to a wide readershipPublished on 12 Aug. 2012 by Amazon Customer
Having not been much of a reader before but having got a kindle for a 2 month trip around europe this was the first book I bought. Read morePublished on 25 July 2012 by Curtis.H