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

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With wit, humor, and an infectious love of astronomy that could win over even the science-phobic, this fun and fascinating book reminds us that outer space is anything but remote. The scientist behind the popular website badastronomy.com, Philip Plait presents some of the most fearsome end-of-the-world calamities (for instance, incoming asteroids and planet-swallowing black holes), demystifies the scientific principles at work behind them, and gives us the odds that any of them will step out of the realm of ...

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With wit, humor, and an infectious love of astronomy that could win over even the science-phobic, this fun and fascinating book reminds us that outer space is anything but remote. The scientist behind the popular website badastronomy.com, Philip Plait presents some of the most fearsome end-of-the-world calamities (for instance, incoming asteroids and planet-swallowing black holes), demystifies the scientific principles at work behind them, and gives us the odds that any of them will step out of the realm of sci-fi to disrupt our quiet corner of the cosmos. The result is a book that is both terrifying and entertaining-a tour of the violent universe we live in, written with an enthusiasm that every stargazer will appreciate.

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"[Plait] describes each doomsday scenario with glee. . . . Yet for all that, his book is strangely comforting."
-The Washington Post Book World

" A surprisingly upbeat look at all the ways the universe can destroy us . . . Eminently readable."
-Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

"The enthusiasm Plait has for his subject is not any morbid fascination with the upcoming bang or whimper, but with how much we know now about the universe around us, and he conveys this enthusiasm with pages full of wonder."
-The Commercial Dispatch

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780143116042
  • Publisher: Viking Penguin
  • Publication date: 8/25/2009
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 336
  • Sales rank: 501,076
  • Product dimensions: 5.20 (w) x 7.90 (h) x 0.80 (d)

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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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 19, 2009

    Great for dispelling myths about 2012

    I teach 8th grade science and placed this in my independent reading section. I have to say this is the most popular book my kids are always looking at. It helps them see the science instead of being superstitious about things. I especially like the table in the back that shows each possible event and its likelihood of occuring over our life time.
    I thought it would be too difficult for them to read, but since it is so engaging they are not intimidated but drawn to it.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 17, 2012

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    Highly recommended and no 2012 is not even mentioned

    So it took me 4 years to read this book but I had to get multiple copies and then time is always a factor. It was a great read and the author put a lot of effort to analyze the actual findings of other works and tell it in a way we can all enjoy.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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    I love this book!

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