Death By Black Hole: And Other Cosmic Quandaries
  • Death By Black Hole: And Other Cosmic Quandaries
  • Death By Black Hole: And Other Cosmic Quandaries
  • Death By Black Hole: And Other Cosmic Quandaries
ISBN: 0393330168
EAN13: 9780393330168
Language: English
Pages: 384
Dimensions: 0.91" H x 8.2" L x 5.4" W
Weight: 0.5 lbs.
Format: Paperback
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Neil deGrasse Tyson has a talent for guiding readers through the mysteries of outer space with stunning clarity and almost childlike enthusiasm. Here, Tyson compiles his favorite essays that he wrote for Natural History magazine across a myriad of cosmic topics, from astral life at the frontiers of astrobiology to the movie industry's feeble efforts to get its night skies right. Tyson introduces us to the physics of black holes by explaining the gory details of what would happen to our bodies if we fell into one, examining the needless friction between science and religion in the context of historical conflicts, and noting Earth's progression to an insignificantly small speck in the cosmos. Renowned 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 sharing his infectious excitement for our universe.

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   Do you know what the Principia is? You will!
As always, live writing is written by Tyson. My only complaint, and the only reason this is not 5 stars, is that since this is a collection of essays, he reintroduces concepts several times. We learn many times what the Principia is. Probably not so bad if you read, since you can just skip ahead, but if you listen to it during a commute, you start to get annoyed the 5th or 6th time you learn about Galileo, or the 8th time you learn about Newton's laws of motion. Another complaint about the audio book is that it is not read by Professor Tyson, strange since he has a wonderful speaking voice and had his own show. These complaints are though minor.
 
5
   Neil T is the best
I loved the book and had a difficult time putting it down. I would recommend watching the reworked Cosmos series, which is free if you have Prime, before reading the book only because you can get a sense of how Neil Degrasse Tyson sounds when he talks about the universe. It does really help. Either way, if you have been wondering about what the hell is going on outside our atmosphere, this book will give you some great insights.
 
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   Its Tyson! Whats not good about it!
The man is entrusted in so many ways. Not only does he knows his subject like the back of his hand, but he writes clearly and simply that anyone can understand and consider what he is reading. This book is full essays, written by Tyson in years past, if you have never read and adapted from Tyson's work, this would be a great place to start, as its subject covers so many questions in regards to the universe that most people have. A page turner and excellent re-read value.
 
5
   Neil is the KING of Science!!
He is fantastic and his ability to make science fun is uncanny. This book is for sale. I had it read in a week and wanted more! If you don 't know Neil start here and if you know him and haven 't read it, shame on you. GET IT!
 
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   The vastness of the universe, condensed to its size before the Big Bang.
A little bit of it went over my head, but NDT still does a great job of making humongous scientific concepts accessible to common readers without oversimplifying or condescending. Definitely worth reading and then re-reading for fun.
 
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   Bought 3
This little fellow is hilarious. He could really do stand-up. I bought 3 of these books so that I could also give one to my son-in-law and someone else. I preserved one and I am amazed at how complex the themes are and how easily he presents the cosmos even to the layman. He was interviewed with him on NPR and decided to buy.
 
5
   wonderful book!
Highly entertaining and informative for the non-scientific mind, and educational. Recommendation highly recommended.
 
5
   Excellent Read from a World Renown Astrophysicist and Director of the Hayden Planetarium in NYC
Love this book by Dr. Neil deGrasse Tyson... bought it before his performance and was great at the Providence Performing Arts Center! A very knowledgeable and down-to-Earth guy! To talk to him it is easy and he provides excellent answers! Dr. Tyson, thank you!
 
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   Good so far
He seems to enjoy the book so far.
 
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   An Introductory Foray into Astrophysics and the history of Science
First off, I have to admit that there is a slight bias in this review, as a fan of Cosmos and Neil DeGrasse Tyson, this is a perfect introduction to the field of Astrophysics and touches on short histories of scientific discoveries as well as scientists from history. Of course, judging by the title alone, you would think this would be a journey into the study of black holes, which it does touch into the book after several chapters. Mr. Tyson offers some interesting anecdotes in explaining the importance of scientific discoveries and theories, as well as simplifying it for the average person who has an interest in astronomy and astrophysics.
 
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