How It Ends: From You to the Universe

How It Ends: From You to the Universe

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by Chris Impey
     
 

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“Remarkably upbeat, and imbued with wit, wisdom and a palpable sense of awe over our universe.”—Tucson Weekly
Most of us are aware of our own mortality, but few among us know what science, with insights yielded from groundbreaking new research, has to say about endings on a larger scale. Enter astronomer Chris Impey, who chronicles the death of

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“Remarkably upbeat, and imbued with wit, wisdom and a palpable sense of awe over our universe.”—Tucson Weekly
Most of us are aware of our own mortality, but few among us know what science, with insights yielded from groundbreaking new research, has to say about endings on a larger scale. Enter astronomer Chris Impey, who chronicles the death of the whole shebang: individual, species, bio- sphere, Earth, Sun, Milky Way, and, finally, the entire universe.
With a healthy dose of humor, How It Ends illuminates everything from the technologies of human life extension and the evolutionary arms race between microbes and men to the inescapable dimming of the Sun and the ultimate “big rip,” giving us a rare glimpse into a universe without us.

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“A scientific view of the apocalypse unfolds in this tour of terminations. . . . Impey entertains as he informs about the facts of life and death.”
Library Journal
Impey (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

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780393339987
Publisher:
Norton, W. W. & Company, Inc.
Publication date:
04/11/2011
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
352
Sales rank:
1,287,164
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 8.20(h) x 0.90(d)

Meet the Author

Chris Impey is a Distinguished Professor at the University of Arizona. In addition to his critically acclaimed books How It Began and How It Ends, he has written two astronomy textbooks and has won many teaching awards. He lives in Tucson, Arizona.

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