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A scientific view of the apocalypse unfolds in this tour of terminations. An astronomer by trade, the author eventually addresses how the universe will chill down, but first he explains how you will chill down. Completing his discussion of death with a biological description of the inevitable, Impey tarries with commiserative commentary about its awful finality and with the ideas of technofuturists (or fantasists) for delaying or stopping the aging process. Also in peril of extinction is the entire human species, and Impey ambles through the ways that could happen (the march of natural selection; a close-by supernova explosion) before he proceeds to demolish hope in the endurance of terra firma. Because the sun’s bloat into a red giant star guarantees the earth’s demise, can’t humanity move its home to clement cosmic climes or take up residence on another planet? Theoretically possible, Impey replies, but ultimately futile in an eternally expanding universe in which every particle is fated to decay. Delivering bad news with a bemused touch, Impey entertains as he informs about the facts of life and death. --Gilbert Taylor
A scientific view of the apocalypse unfolds in this tour of terminations. . . . Impey entertains as he informs about the facts of life and death. (Booklist)
Eminently readable. . . . Impey injects humor throughout. (Library Journal) --This text refers to the Paperback edition.
Trying to discover what happened just before or just after the farther most time point for which we just discovered what might have happened (past) or is going to happen (future)... Read morePublished 17 months ago by NJ
The title of this book is How It Ends and when you tack on the subtitle "from you to the universe", a reader has a pretty solid idea about what this book covers. Read morePublished on July 6, 2012 by Timothy Haugh
If you were ever curious to get an idea of how everything ends. This is THE BOOK. The author takes us through the end of human life on earth; then all life; then the end of our... Read morePublished on June 14, 2012 by Jay
I just finished reading this for the second time. There's an incredible wealth of knowledge in this book, and its interesting and fun because Chris Impey puts humor and commentary... Read morePublished on February 25, 2012 by Ren
The book was in great condition, arrived on time, and was as interesting as stated in all the reviews. Would definitely consider future purchases from this seller.Published on January 8, 2012 by STEVE
This book was a bit lopsided and haphazard in its treatment of the subject matter. The last chapters are the best and make science fiction seem dull by comparison. Read morePublished on January 27, 2011 by A. Reader
"How it Ends" is one of those books that is difficult to put down once started. It is well-written, informative, and tells a great story. Read morePublished on December 7, 2010 by Joseph Hilbe