Death by Black Hole

Death by Black Hole : And Other Cosmic Quandaries


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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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Product details

  • Hardback | 384 pages
  • 223.5 x 276.9 x 25.4mm | 1,451.51g
  • WW Norton & Co
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • 0393062244
  • 9780393062243
  • 102,238

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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"

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About Neil Degrasse Tyson

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.

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