The fascinating science behind the eventual end to everything—from the individual to all existence.
Library JournalImpey (astronomy, Univ. of Arizona), who previously wrote about the possibility of life elsewhere in the universe (The Living Cosmos), now addresses its demise. Opening chapters surveying biological termini, from individual human deaths to annihilation of the biosphere, feel disjointed and could easily be skipped. Fortunately, the author finds his groove when he turns to death of the astronomical variety, from the destruction of our home planet to the end of the entire universe. He concludes with a quick look at some philosophical debates about the nature of life and a brief but eminently readable discussion of string theory and the concept of a multiverse. The text is supplemented by notes and an idiosyncratic glossary that includes "actuary" but not "Doomsday Clock" or "K-T extinction." VERDICT Although the topic may sound depressing, Impey injects humor throughout. He is also clearly optimistic that astronomers, at least, will continue to survive well into the future. Recommended for astronomy enthusiasts and other science buffs.—Nancy R. Curtis, Univ. of Maine Lib., Orono
Booklist“A scientific view of the apocalypse unfolds in this tour of terminations. . . . Impey entertains as he informs about the facts of life and death.”
- Norton, W. W. & Company, Inc.
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