Death by Black Hole by Neil Degrasse Tyson
And Other Cosmic Quandaries

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“[Tyson] tackles a great range of subjects . . . with great humor, humility, and—most important— humanity.” —Entertainment Weekly


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 clarity and enthusiasm. Bringing together more than forty of Tyson's favorite essays, ?Death by Black Hole? explores a myriad of cosmic topics, from what it would be like to be inside a black hole to the movie industry's feeble efforts to get its night skies right. One of America's best-known astrophysicists, Tyson is a natural teacher who simplifies the complexities of astrophysics while sharing his infectious fascination for our universe.
 

About Neil Degrasse Tyson

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Neil deGrasse Tyson is an astrophysicist with the American Museum of Natural History, director of the world-famous Hayden Planetarium, a monthly columnist for Natural History, and an award-winning author. He has begun production of a new Cosmos series, premiering in early 2013. He lives in New York City.
 
Published November 17, 2007 by W. W. Norton & Company. 385 pages
Genres: Religion & Spirituality, Education & Reference, Science & Math, Literature & Fiction. Non-fiction

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“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 ph...

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Entertainment Weekly

Whether he's explaining the significance of cosmic plasma (the electrified gaseous substance makes up more than 99.99 percent of the universe's visible matter) or noting Hollywood gaffes (the obviously phony night sky in Titanic marred an otherwise well-researched film), Neil deGrasse Tyson p...

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To try to find out, a scientist experiments with altered states of consciousness

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Pajiba

When we understand something, it is explainable, we only attribute the hand of God to things that we don’t understand.

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Nights and Weekends

The audio version of the book, read by actor Dion Graham, is a patient, simplified cosmic guide that puts into perspective what is knowable about the biggest questions of all: where do we come from, are we alone in the universe, and how does religion fit in.

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News Review.

The essays in his book range from trivial astronomical idiocies in movies, like the faked constellations in Titanic, to all the ways we can be killed by the cosmos—including asteroids crashing into Earth, collisions between galaxies and the eventual death of our sun.

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These essays deal primarily, but not exclusively, with various aspects of astronomy, from the solar system to astrobiology to the title essay (which, as the name suggests, describes what would happen if you were unfortunate enough to stray too close to a black hole.) A handful of essays towards t...

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