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Death by black hole : and other cosmic quandaries / Neil deGrasse Tyson.

By: Tyson, Neil deGrasse.
Material type: materialTypeLabelBookPublisher: New York : W.W. Norton, c2007Edition: 1st ed.Description: 384 p. ; 22 cm.ISBN: 0393062244 :; 9780393062243.Subject(s): Black holes (Astronomy) | Cosmology | Exobiology | Solar system | Religion and scienceDDC classification: 523.8/875
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A vibrant collection of essays on the cosmos from the nation\'sbest-known astrophysicist.

Loyal readers of the monthly "Universe" essays in NaturalHistory magazine have long recognized Neil deGrasse Tyson\'s talentfor guiding them through the mysteries of the cosmos with stunningclarity and almost childlike enthusiasm. Here, Tyson compiles hisfavorite essays across a myriad of cosmic topics. The title essayintroduces readers to the physics of black holes by explaining thegory details of what would happen to your body if you fell intoone. "Holy Wars" examines the needless friction between science andreligion in the context of historical conflicts. "The Search forLife in the Universe" explores astral life from the frontiers ofastrobiology. And "Hollywood Nights" assails the movie industry\'sfeeble efforts to get its night skies right.

Known for his ability to blend content, accessibility, andhumor, Tyson is a natural teacher who simplifies some of the mostcomplex concepts in astrophysics while simultaneously sharing hisinfectious excitement about our universe.

Includes bibliographical references (p. [363]-368) and indexes.

Table of contents provided by Syndetics

  • Preface (p. 11)
  • Acknowledgments (p. 13)
  • Prologue: The Beginning of Science (p. 15)
  • Section 1 The Nature of Knowledge: The challenges of knowing what is knowable in the universe
  • 1 Coming to Our Senses (p. 25)
  • 2 On Earth as in the Heavens (p. 31)
  • 3 Seeing Isn't Believing (p. 38)
  • 4 The Information Trap (p. 48)
  • 5 Stick-in-the-Mud Science (p. 60)
  • Section 2 The Knowledge of Nature: The challenges of discovering the contents of the cosmos
  • 6 Journey from the Center of the Sun (p. 69)
  • 7 Planet Parade (p. 75)
  • 8 Vagabonds of the Solar System (p. 85)
  • 9 The Five Points of Lagrange (p. 95)
  • 10 Antimatter Matters (p. 102)
  • Section 3 Ways and Means of Nature: How Nature presents herself to the inquiring mind
  • 11 The Importance of Being Constant (p. 111)
  • 12 Speed Limits (p. 119)
  • 13 Going Ballistic (p. 127)
  • 14 On Being Dense (p. 135)
  • 15 Over the Rainbow (p. 144)
  • 16 Cosmic Windows (p. 152)
  • 17 Colors of the Cosmos (p. 161)
  • 18 Cosmic Plasma (p. 168)
  • 19 Fire and Ice (p. 175)
  • Section 4 The Meaning of Life: The challenges and triumphs of knowing how we got here
  • 20 Dust to Dust (p. 185)
  • 21 Forged in the Stars (p. 192)
  • 22 Send in the Clouds (p. 199)
  • 23 Goldilocks and the Three Planets (p. 207)
  • 24 Water, Water (p. 213)
  • 25 Living Space (p. 221)
  • 26 Life in the Universe (p. 229)
  • 27 Our Radio Bubble (p. 238)
  • Section 5 When the Universe Turns Bad: All the ways the cosmos wants to kill us
  • 28 Chaos in the Solar System (p. 249)
  • 29 Coming Attractions (p. 254)
  • 30 Ends of the World (p. 263)
  • 31 Galactic Engines (p. 268)
  • 32 Knock 'Em Dead (p. 275)
  • 33 Death by Black Hole (p. 283)
  • Section 6 Science and Culture: The ruffled interface between cosmic discovery and the public's reaction to it
  • 34 Things People Say (p. 291)
  • 35 Fear of Numbers (p. 298)
  • 36 On Being Baffled (p. 303)
  • 37 Footprints in the Sands of Science (p. 309)
  • 38 Let There Be Dark (p. 320)
  • 39 Hollywood Nights (p. 327)
  • Section 7 Science and God: When ways of knowing collide
  • 40 In the Beginning (p. 337)
  • 41 Holy Wars (p. 346)
  • 42 The Perimeter of Ignorance (p. 353)
  • References (p. 363)
  • Name Index (p. 369)
  • Subject Index (p. 373)

Reviews provided by Syndetics

Kirkus Book Review

A collection of the author's astronomy columns from Natural History. Astrophysicist Tyson (Origins, 2004, etc.), director of the American Museum of Natural History's Hayden Planetarium, groups his essays into several broad categories. The first, "The Nature of Knowledge," includes pieces on how science has grown because of extensions to our senses via instruments that collect data none of us could otherwise obtain; one essay shows what can be learned by measuring and making calculations from a stick poked into the ground. "The Knowledge of Nature" looks at basic astronomical facts: the planets, the asteroids, the points where gravity holds an object in orbit. "Ways and Means of Nature" discusses natural constants such as the speed of light and the surprisingly complicated question, "What color are the objects around the universe?" (Many published astronomical photographs show colors that correspond not to what an observer in space might see, but to phenomena the astronomer wishes to display graphically, such as the relative temperature of the objects portrayed.) "The Meaning of Life" addresses various conditions that seem to be necessary for life to evolve in a planetary system, including the "Goldilocks" question of the right temperature to allow liquid water on a planet's surface. "When the Universe Turns Bad" discusses cosmic disasters, notably the earth's being incinerated as the sun becomes (in several billion years) a red giant. "Science and Culture" looks at the sometimes uncomprehending reaction of the public to theories and discoveries; in Tyson's opinion, a wider knowledge of simple math might solve many of the most bizarre responses. Finally, "Science and God" touches on those areas where science and religion appear to compete for the same turf: notably, the origin of the universe, and whether it betrays evidence of design. Smoothly entertaining, full of fascinating tidbits and frequently humorous, these essays show Tyson as one of today's best popularizers of science. Copyright ┬ęKirkus Reviews, used with permission.
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