Death by Black Hole

Death by Black Hole

And Other Cosmic Quandaries

Book - 2014
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In this collection of forty-two essays on the cosmos and our place in it, astrophysicist and Hayden Planetarium director Neil deGrasse Tyson explores the nature of knowledge, how we discover the contents of the cosmos, how nature presents herself to the inquiring mind, the meaning of life and the challenges of learning how we got here, all the ways the cosmos wants to kill us, the interface between scientific discoveries and the public's reactions to them, and science and God.
Publisher: New York : W.W. Norton & Company, [2014]
Copyright Date: ©2007
ISBN: 9780393350388
Branch Call Number: 523.1 TYSON
Characteristics: 384 pages ; 21 cm
Alternative Title: Essays. Selections


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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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