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Death by Black Hole: And Other Cosmic…

Death by Black Hole: And Other Cosmic Quandaries

by Neil deGrasse Tyson

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I love this book!
I have always been very fond of astronomy and this book simplifies all those concepts and theories that usually give people headaches. Also, DeGrasse uses humor which makes the reading even easier and more enjoyable.
You do not need to study astronomy to enjoy this book, all you need is thirst for knowledge.
Although, I do think Dr. deGrasse should have explained the black hole phenomenom with more depth. I took an astronomy class last semester and this book explains the basics of what the black hole theory is but lacks important details of the topic. I think Dr. deGrasse purposely omitted detail because such details tend to be very complex and this book is about providing the avarage person with basic understanding.
Overall great book! ( )
  karlapre | Jan 7, 2015 |
Pretty serious science here. I'm an engineer by training and astronomy has always been an interest so I was able to follow his essays. But deGrasse sprinkles in lots of humor especially in making comparisons. This I think will help the non-scientist in reading the book. I highly recommend it to anyone who looks up and wonders what's going on up there. ( )
  capewood | Dec 8, 2014 |
Opened my eyes to the wonders of the universe and learned a lot of interesting facts I would otherwise never unknown. My only complaint is the repetition throughout chapters about the same facts and theories, but an otherwise great book mixed with humour and intelligence. ( )
  bois3130 | Dec 1, 2014 |
Man I wish I were smarter and understood this better. ( )
  KRoan | Jul 25, 2014 |
I have watched a few documentaries by Dr. Neil deGrasse Tyson and he did a fantastic job of explaining Science concepts in them. He has done an equally exceptional work in this book as well.

We can call this as 'a Science book for the common man', since even people with basic knowledge will have an educating and entertaining experience going through the book. IMHO, this is a book for all ages.

Complicated topics like Quasars, Quantum Theory and Black holes are detailed with utmost simplicity. The book covers a wide range of subjects and takes a deep-dive on many of them.

In most chapters, I was able to paint a mental picture of the material I was reading. Such is the flair of the Author's presentation. ( )
  nmarun | Mar 11, 2014 |
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My own suspicion is that the Universe

is not only queerer than we suppose,

but queerer than we can suppose.


Possible Worlds (1927)
My own suspicion is that the Universe
is not only queerer than we suppose,
but queerer than we can suppose.

Possible Worlds (1927)
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I see the universe not as a collection of objects, theories, and phenomena, but as a vast stage of actors driven by intricate twists of story line and plot.
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0393330168, Paperback)

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.

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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."

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