Death from the Skies! by Ph.D. Philip Plait
These Are the Ways the World Will End . . .

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With wit, humor, and an infectious love of astronomy that could win over even the science-phobic, this fun and fascinating book reminds us that outer space is anything but remote. The scientist behind the popular website badastronomy.com, Philip Plait presents some of the most fearsome end-of-the-world calamities (for instance, incoming asteroids and planet-swallowing black holes), demystifies the scientific principles at work behind them, and gives us the odds that any of them will step out of the realm of sci-fi to disrupt our quiet corner of the cosmos. The result is a book that is both terrifying and entertaining?a tour of the violent universe we live in, written with an enthusiasm that every stargazer will appreciate.


 

About Ph.D. Philip Plait

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Phil Plait, Ph.D. is a NASA-funded research astronomer with more than ten years of professional experience. He has written astronomy articles for magazines such as Astronomy, Muse, and Space Illustrated, and has been published in the Boston Globe. Plait has appeared on national radio and TV programs, including the Sci-Fi Channel’s “Countdown to Doomsday” documentary.
 
Published October 4, 2008 by Penguin Books. 348 pages
Genres: Science & Math. Non-fiction

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Each chapter introduces a new, plausible and usually unstoppable cosmic disaster: nearby supernovae, cosmic ray bursts, black holes, hostile aliens—ending with (in order) the eventual deaths of the sun, the galaxy and the universe as a whole.

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Tor

The distinction of necessitating #2 along with #1 for maximum interest is most obvious to me when I read science non-fiction—books like Stephen Hawkings’ A Brief History of Time (now also available in Briefer form), Oliver Sacks’ The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat, Dan Hooper’s Nature’s Bluep...

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Tampa Bay Times

These Are the Ways the World Will End By Philip Plait Viking, 326 pages, $25.95 Review: Philip Plait's 'Death From the Skies' describes Earth's potential disasters 11/01/08 [Last modified: Wednesday, November 3, 2010 3:46pm]

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Slate

Is NASA covering up evidence of life on Mars?

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a planet orbiting a black hole will feel a stronger force on the side toward the black hole than the other side.

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Yesterday, engineers at NASA started the procedure to turn on Hubble's spare Science Instrument Control and Data Handling system, the part that went kerflooie a couple of weeks ago.

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[Update: My apologies: due to a cut-and-paste error, I had mistakenly listed the perihelion distance as the average distance of the Earth to the Sun (147 versus 149 million km).

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Wired

While this all might sound a little grim, Phil keeps it upbeat and focuses on the science, so while reading the chapter on supernovas, for example, you learn a lot about how supernovas and stars operate.

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