Death by Black Hole: And Other Cosmic Quandaries [NOOK Book]

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A vibrant collection of essays on the cosmos from the nation's best-known astrophysicist. “One of today’s best popularizers of science.”—Kirkus Reviews.


Loyal readers of the monthly "Universe" essays in Natural History magazine have long recognized Neil deGrasse Tyson's talent for guiding them through the mysteries of the cosmos with clarity and enthusiasm. Bringing together more than forty of Tyson's favorite essays, ?Death by Black Hole? explores a myriad of cosmic topics, ...

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Overview

A vibrant collection of essays on the cosmos from the nation's best-known astrophysicist. “One of today’s best popularizers of science.”—Kirkus Reviews.


Loyal readers of the monthly "Universe" essays in Natural History magazine have long recognized Neil deGrasse Tyson's talent for guiding them through the mysteries of the cosmos with clarity and enthusiasm. Bringing together more than forty of Tyson's favorite essays, ?Death by Black Hole? explores a myriad of cosmic topics, from what it would be like to be inside a black hole to the movie industry's feeble efforts to get its night skies right. One of America's best-known astrophysicists, Tyson is a natural teacher who simplifies the complexities of astrophysics while sharing his infectious fascination for our universe.

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Editorial Reviews

Anthony Doerr - Boston Sunday Globe
“It's more imperative than ever that we find writers who can explain not only what we're discovering, but how we're discovering it. Neil deGrasse Tyson is one of those writers.”
Sky and Telescope
“Characteristically fun and jaunty.”
Angela Gunn - USAToday.com
“Dr. Tyson has a grand time dissecting certain forms of foolishness. Get it, plan to savor it”
Roy E. Perry - The Tennessean
“Tyson comes across as having an excellent grasp of the current state of astrophysics, cosmology, chemistry and other scientific disciplines... he conveys knowledge clearly to the nonspecialist, often with ingratiating humor and wit.”
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780393113785
  • Publisher: Norton, W. W. & Company, Inc.
  • Publication date: 11/17/2007
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 384
  • Sales rank: 42,488
  • File size: 651 KB

Meet the Author

Neil deGrasse Tyson
Neil deGrasse Tyson is an astrophysicist with the American Museum of Natural History, director of the world-famous Hayden Planetarium, a monthly columnist for Natural History, and an award-winning author. He has begun production of a new Cosmos series, premiering in early 2013. He lives in New York City.
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  • Posted June 20, 2010

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    Brilliant book by a brilliant man.

    This book is very easy to read, even if you are not otherwise very interested in science. One of its stronger points is its accessibility to laypeople. If you've ever seen him speak on tv, then you know how capable he is of making everything he talks about incredibly interesting (even if it might otherwise come off as mundane by someone with even a little less enthusiasm). His writing style is no different, and his own love of science (and astrophysics in particular) is infectious.

    I learned a lot of really interesting things from this book, things of which I had been disappointingly ignorant of beforehand. Lagrange points, for instance, or how just how much you can determine about the universe by literally measure it with a stick in the mud. Were you interested in the universe, in astronomy when you were a little kid...did you grow out of it? This book will take you back to that early appreciation, and it'll never let go.

    9 out of 9 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 13, 2011

    Fascinating

    Neil deGrasse Tyson's enthusiasm for the universe is really shown in this book. Filled with humor, Death by Black Hole takes complex subjects and exposes them to the reader in a way that is very easy to understand. I benifitted from reading this book twice to better understand some of the concepts. Enthralling!

    7 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 18, 2011

    Oooo

    Ooooooo SCIENCY

    5 out of 12 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 23, 2009

    Not For the Mentally Obtuse

    In writing "Death by Black Hole," Neil Degrasse Tyson has proven once again that he is an exceptional Astrophysicist. His mental dexterity related to matters of science and the universe are beyond reproach.

    Although I would recommend his writings and lectures for the general reader to the scholar, I would caution the mentally obtuse to refresh their understanding of general science so that they can fully appreciate the insightfulness of "Death by Black Hole."

    I would also recommend reviewing Dr. Tyson's presentation during his contribution to the Salk Institute for Biological Studies' scientific conversation titled "Beyond Belief: Science, Reason, Religion & Survival."

    For those also interested in esoteric teachings, "Death by Black Hole" informs us that stars come in 3 basic colors: red, white, and blue. Interestingly, these were also the 3 colors chosen for the flag of the United States. Part of the brillance of Dr. Tyson and his book is how he takes common knowledge and sprinkles it with scientific study to make a cerebral subject like astrophyics interesting.

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 16, 2012

    INTERESTING

    A very interesting read. Well worth it!

    3 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 30, 2011

    Well Worth Your Time

    I had to read about half of this book for school, and found myself reading way ahead and finishing the entire thing. Even if you knew nothing about science and the cosmos, you could understand this. Tysonexplains everything clearly amd in depth. Great buy!

    3 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 15, 2014

    Amazing

    The best book ever

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 2, 2007

    degraassseee

    NOt only is Neil Tyson really funny and a good writer and smart..... he's also really good looking!

    2 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 2, 2014

    Interesting book, is like reading his TV show of the cosmos. Lov

    Interesting book, is like reading his TV show of the cosmos. Love it!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 15, 2012

    Damien the Tiefling

    I absolutely love this book and have recommended it to many of my friends. I bought it when it had come out i print, and can't think of any reason not to tell someone not to buy it for both a fun and informative read.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted November 20, 2011

    Better to watch his show than read him

    Having watched his documentaries on Discovery and PBS, I purchased this book. His off-the-wall examples in this book tend to confuse rather than clarify. In addition, he seems to wander off topic during the topic. I am a science educator and read many scientific journals and books. Can't recommend this one.

    1 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 3, 2010

    Finally!

    A great book for all that want to know about the cosmos without falling asleep.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 23, 2009

    A Great Read!

    Tyson takes the dryness out of the topic of the universe and makes the reader want to keep turning the page. I couldn't put this book down and is a great intro to a complex suject.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 16, 2007

    Great Audio Book

    Really liked everything about this audio book, but I wish there was a little pamphlet to go with it.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 11, 2007

    Informative

    As the title says this book was very informative. I liked the format it was presented in, which I can't really can't put in a category. Tyson did a good job explaining some basic, and some more advanced, topics.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 19, 2014

    The book is entertaining enough, but, as the Preface states, it

    The book is entertaining enough, but, as the Preface states, it is a collection of disparate essays, with minimal editing for flow. This has the effect of making the book somewhat repetitive, which could be tiring for readers who consume a large chunk of the book at once.

    0 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 27, 2014

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