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Death from the Skies!: The Science Behind the End of the World
     

Death from the Skies!: The Science Behind the End of the World

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by Philip Plait
 

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A lively astronomy primer that uses cataclysmic scenarios to explain the universe's most fascinating events.

According to astronomer Philip Plait, the universe is an apocalypse waiting to happen But how much do we really need to fear from things like black holes, gamma-ray bursts, and supernovae? And if we should be scared, is there anything we can do to

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A lively astronomy primer that uses cataclysmic scenarios to explain the universe's most fascinating events.

According to astronomer Philip Plait, the universe is an apocalypse waiting to happen But how much do we really need to fear from things like black holes, gamma-ray bursts, and supernovae? And if we should be scared, is there anything we can do to save ourselves? With humor and wit, Plait details the myriad doomsday events that the cosmos could send our way to destroy our planet and life as we know it. This authoritative yet accessible study is the ultimate astronomy lesson.

Combining fascinating, and often alarming?scenarios that seem plucked from science fiction with the latest research and opinions, Plait illustrates why outer space is not as remote as most people think. Each chapter explores a different phenomenon, explaining it in easy-to-understand terms, and considering how life on earth and the planet itself would be affected should the event come to pass. Rather than sensationalizing the information, Plait analyzes the probability of these catastrophes occurring in our lifetimes and what we can do to stop them. With its entertaining tone and enlightening explanation of unfathomable concepts, Death from the Skies! will appeal to science buffs and beginners alike.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781101078785
Publisher:
Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date:
10/16/2008
Sold by:
Penguin Group
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
336
Sales rank:
1,012,300
File size:
2 MB
Age Range:
18 Years

Meet the Author

Phil Plait, Ph.D. is a NASA-funded research astronomer with more than ten years of professional experience. He has written astronomy articles for magazines such as Astronomy, Muse, and Space Illustrated, and has been published in the Boston Globe. Plait has appeared on national radio and TV programs, including the Sci-Fi Channel’s “Countdown to Doomsday” documentary.

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Death from the Skies!: These Are the Ways the World Will End... 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 21 reviews.
MarinaTan More than 1 year ago
Very good, comprehensive guide over the "end of world". Loved the sense of humor, scientific approach and logic of the story. However, I think it was a little too simplified in some parts of the book, giving a feeling that author was writing for mid/high school students, but overall impression is very nice. Also, it was interesting to finally learn why "Armageddon" type solution was a bad idea... I always thought so, now I have an answer.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Could happen. In fact, probably will. Plait is the awesome astronomer behind "Bad Astronomy". Check him out.
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I love this book!