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Megacatastrophes!: Nine Strange Ways The World Could End [Paperback]

by David Darling, Dirk Schulze-Makuch
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April 1, 2012 1851689052 978-1851689057
Celebrate the year of the Mayan Apocalypse in style with Megacatastrophes!, as Dr. David Darling and Dr. Dirk Schulze-Makuch delve into the amazing science of the end of the world.

Could it be the asteroid hurtling towards us from outer space, or a super-volcano covering the Earth under a cloud of ash; black holes gobbling up the solar system, or a tiny army of nanobots in a deranged feeding frenzy? Oh, and don’t forget — there’s always the risk of alien invasion. Rating the likelihood of each potential disaster, David and Dirk provide the best guide to the worst that could happen, and explore what we could do to save our souls. So sit down, face the inevitable, and prepare to discover the nine weirdest ways we could all go to meet our maker.

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"Who needs vampires and zombies for excitement? Delightful ... an authoritative but good-humored look at an array of natural and technological disasters."
—Albert A. Harrison, Professor Emeritus Psychology, University of California, Davis, and author of Starstruck: Cosmic Visions in Science, Religion and Folklore

"Fascinating, if sometimes macabre ... A fabulous book that got better with every page - I couldn't put it down!"
—Debra Fischer, Professor of Astronomy at Yale University

"Nicely written, thoroughly researched, highly recommended. Doomsday is already marked in the calendar."
—Alberto Fairen, Alberto Fairen

"A surprisingly cheerful look at the science of how humanity might meet a messy end, from incurable diseases to exploding stars. Who says reading about the end of the world needs to be grim?"
—Chad Orzel, author of How to Teach Quantum Physics to Your Dog

"The entertaining selection of end-of-the world scenarios is the perfect excuse to learn about science, from the atomic to the galactic and from the terrestrial to the extra-terrestrial.Specially recommended for those who think that the end of humankind cannot cheer you up."
—Alfonso Davila, Senior Scientist at the SETI Institute and Principal Investigator at the Carl Sagan Institute

"A mix of good old-fashioned silliness and some fine science writing. Next time someone tells you, 'Cheer up, it might never happen,' throw this book at them."
—BBC Focus Magazine

About the Author

Dr. David Darling is an astronomer, freelance science writer and creator of one of the most popular online encyclopaedias of space and astrobiology. He is the author of numerous works, including the bestselling Equations of Eternity. Dr. Dirk Schulze-Makuch is currently Professor in Astrobiology at Washington State University. His research has been widely published in media ranging from academic journals to The New Scientist.

Product Details

  • Paperback: 264 pages
  • Publisher: Oneworld Publications (April 1, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1851689052
  • ISBN-13: 978-1851689057
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 5.1 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,385,473 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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5.0 out of 5 stars An interesting little read January 14, 2013
By Marc K
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A great book for the holidays although you might not be too keen if you are near the sea, or a volcano, or lacking in some form of reinforced shelter. One interesting aspect of the book is that it holds a vast amount of information for its size on basic science, apart from the catastrophes. The pithy description of the standard model of physics is the simplest and clearest description for a layperson that I have ever seen.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Review of Megacatastrophes. November 27, 2012
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Very interesting read on potential megacatastrophes which can happen. Entertaining and enlightening, you do not have to be a science geek to follow the information, it is written for the general public. Once I started reading it I couldn't put it down.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great Book! October 30, 2012
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I can't believe this has no reviews! This was a great book. The chapters were well paced, and you learned interesting facts (besides how the world could end). Did you know massive volcanoes 100,000 years ago may have reduced the human population to less than 100,000 worldwide? That an asteroid striking the ocean would crack the crust and ignite natural gas reservoirs? If you're into that kind of stuff, definitely get this book!
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