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- Listening Length: 12 hours and 8 minutes
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- Version: Unabridged
- 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 ›
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Very readable, interesting and informative. I learned a lot about the universe.Published 1 day ago by SkepticalShopper
This was a very informative and educational book. while similar to a textbook, it was an easy read to handle. Read morePublished 5 days ago by Constantino Tata
☄I'm such a fan of Dr Tyson; love StarTalk and try to catch every appearance he makes as a guest on other shows. Read morePublished 12 days ago by DrtyWmn
Dr. Neil DeGrasse Tyson, who is also known as the “black science guy” on various internet forums, such as reddit. Dr. Read morePublished 13 days ago by Eric H Alan
It was a perfect gift for my friend, he loves Tyson and he is fascinated by spacePublished 25 days ago by Amazon Customer
A really fun book to read! With his usual effervescent wit, Dr Tyson explains many of the mysteries of the universe in this collection of essays. Read morePublished 26 days ago by Violet Bunny
Very fun and engaging book. Started a little slow for me (I've been studying space for 25 years and am also an amateur stargazer) but halfway through I started learning some... Read morePublished 27 days ago by Matt
Next to Timothy Ferris, Tyson probably does the best job of simplifying the complicated world of cosmology.Published 1 month ago by Little Black Dog