Death by Black Hole

Death by Black Hole

And Other Cosmic Quandaries

Book - 2007
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Baker & Taylor
A collection of favorite essays on the cosmos, written by a well-known American Museum of Natural History astrophysicist and author of Origins, includes the title essay, "Holy Wars," "The Search for Life in the Universe," and "Hollywood Nights."

Norton Pub
A vibrant collection of essays on the cosmos from the nation's best-known astrophysicist. “One of today’s best popularizers of science.”—Kirkus Reviews.
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.

Book News
Touching on just about everything you want to know about the cosmos, this collection of essays by Tyson, an astrophysicist at the American Museum of Natural History and columnist for Natural History, explores topics from astral life to the movie industry's attempts to represent the night skies. In clear and witty prose, Tyson introduces the physics of black holes by describing what would happen if someone fell in, examines the needless friction between science and religion, and tells an ego-deflating story of Earth's progression from the center of the universe to a "small speck in the cosmos." Annotation ©2007 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (

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A collection of essays on the cosmos, written by an American Museum of Natural History astrophysicist, includes "Holy Wars," "Ends of the World," and "Hollywood Nights."

Publisher: New York : W.W. Norton, c2007
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780393062243
Characteristics: 384 p. ; 22 cm

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Jul 29, 2016

I really liked 'Cosmos' by Carl Sagan so when I saw this book I picked it up and started to read it. Tyson, Neil deGrasse easily draws the reader in from the first sentence and he leads you on an adventure through time to explain black holes and galaxies. Although the novel was many essays combined together, it was very intriguing to read.

Ham625 Sep 13, 2015

Interesting, entertaining, informative, a good read.

Aug 15, 2015

This is an excellent collection of essays on the various subjects on space and the universe. Although at times I felt I could use a Ph.D degree in physics to thoroughly understand it, the book is in general easy to read. It was also written with humour. Tyson did a great job in keeping me interested in the subjects and nurturing my desire to know more about 'what is out there'. A great book for anyone with an interest on space and what it holds for humankind.

Jun 12, 2015

A good book if you know little to nothing about the cosmos and want to learn more. Some information is repeated (a lot) which gets annoying after a while, but overall a good book

WVMLStaffPicks Feb 01, 2015

From the Big Bang to black holes and beyond through quasars and quarks, it’s all here as Tyson guides us through the world of astrophysics by way of over forty essays he has written in his “Universe” column in Natural History. He manages to blend content and humour (without dumbing down) while making the subject accessible to the layperson.

May 14, 2012

Amazing book. Excites the mind like... other things.

Aug 02, 2010

Excellent book. Enjoyable by a wide audience, not just physics majors.


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