- Paperback: 384 pages
- Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company; 1 edition (September 2, 2014)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 9780393350388
- ISBN-13: 978-0393350388
- ASIN: 039335038X
- Product Dimensions: 5.4 x 0.9 x 8.3 inches
- Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 466 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #9,460 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Death by Black Hole: And Other Cosmic Quandaries 1st Edition
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About the Author
Neil deGrasse Tyson is an astrophysicist with the American Museum of Natural History, director of its world-famous Hayden Planetarium, host of the hit radio and TV show StarTalk, and the New York Times best-selling author of Astrophysics for People in a Hurry. He lives in New York City.
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This book is a selection of small essays that he’s written for various newspapers, magazines, and internet blogs. Death by Black Hole touches on a lot of amazing scientific concepts that are almost taken by granted by a lot of people today, but it provides a foundation for everything that we do in space or dealing with the cosmos. Dr. Tyson is excellent at taking these concepts and putting them in situations that we can understand as non-scientists complete with humor. A wonderful example of this is in the essay “Going Ballistic," where he states what happens to a person who jumps through a hole dug through the center of the earth. The old “what happens when you dig all the way to China” quandary. He says, "Now comes the fun part. Jump in. You now fall continuously in a weightless, free-fall state until you reach the earth’s center, where you vaporize in the heat of the iron core.” He then goes on to ignore that complication and then talk about gravity and what happens as you move closer to and then farther from a center of mass.
Dr. Tyson is one of the best scientific minds of our generation, and his major contribution to science is his ability to connect with the layman, which is you and me, and help them understand why science is so important to today’s society. So if you want a few laughs, and if you want to learn about astrophysics, astronomy, “regular” physics, and all the other amazing things that happen in our cosmos, I would recommend reading Death by Black Hole.
Another complaint about the Audio book is that it isn't read by Professor Tyson, strange since he's got a marvelous speaking voice and had his own show.
These complaints are minor though. The book is a merry journey through the wonders and terrors of our universe, suitable for all ages.
I would like to see a revised version of this book, one that includes the discoveries from the latest years.