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- Listening Length: 12 hours and 8 minutes
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- Publisher: Blackstone Audio, Inc.
- Audible.com Release Date: March 26, 2007
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- Language: English
- ASIN: B000OV13QU
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In Death by Black Hole and Other Cosmic Quandaries, Tyson sees 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."
Each of the book's 42 chapters first appeared, in one form or another, on the pages of Natural History magazine under the heading "Universe" and span the 11-year period of 1995 through 2005. In spite of modest editing of the essays, there remains some overlapping and repetition of information.
Tyson divides his work into seven sections: "The Nature of Knowledge," "The Knowledge of Nature," "Ways and Means of Nature," "The Meaning of Life," "When the Universe Turns Bad," "Science and Culture," and "Science and God."
He discusses, respectively, the challenges of knowing what is knowable in the universe, the challenges of discovering the contents of the cosmos, the challenges and triumphs of knowing how we got here, all the ways the cosmos wants to kill us, the ruffled interface between cosmic discovery and the public's reaction to it, and when ways of knowing collide.
Tyson introduces a diverse company of actors who perform on the universal stage: galaxies, solar systems, stars, quasars, black holes, supernovas, planets, moons, comets, asteroids and meteorites. These cosmic thespians emerge as a strange, bizarre, mind-boggling, awesome and dangerous cast of characters.Read more ›
Tyson's book consists of chapters that appeared as columns in _Natural History_ magazine. There is death and destruction all through it, and yet he writes with buoyant optimism and humor, making even the strangest findings of astrophysics accessible.Read more ›
The amount of subject matter explained in this book is pretty heavy for a non-scientist, yet Mr. Tyson is able to get the points and information across in witty and entertaining way. I did feel that I learned a lot from reading this, from him talking about the smallest of structures such as antimatter, positrons, atoms, etc. to him explaining the largest of structurs and how they work (the universe). Theories on the Big Bang are explained as is the theories and probabilities of other life in the universe. What it would be like to be sucked into a black hole is described as is what it will happen when our Sun will eventually expand, destroying Earth, then die. How about what will happen when our solar system collides with our closest neighboring solar system, the Andromeda Galaxy? It is explained. Mr. Tyson has a talent for making the end of the universe, the eventual extinction of human-kind and our own insignificance sound as entertaining as a movie drama, and he does it with enthusiasm.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
We definitely got a badass right here! It was a good read. Din't disappoint at all.Published 19 days ago by Jennifer B. LeVan
I was very disappointed by this book. I'm a very active science reader and found Dr. Tyson's work to be mostly a repeat of high school physics. Read morePublished 28 days ago by Kurt
Not as comprehensive as some books about science out there, but it's nice if you only have a few minutes and want to learn something simple and neat about the process of science or... Read morePublished 28 days ago by Gryfter
As a planetarium control room operator and doing the pre-show cosmology spiels, Neil's take on the Cosmos is interesting, and his style of writing is both informative and casual. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Rich Holtzin
I strongly recommend this book! His arguments along with their evidences are gripping and compelling!Published 1 month ago by Jeffrey Gillenwater