How It Ends: From You to the Universe

How It Ends: From You to the Universe

by Chris Impey

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How It Ends: From You to the Universe by Chris Impey

The fascinating science behind the eventual end to everything—from the individual to all existence.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780393069853
Publisher: Norton, W. W. & Company, Inc.
Publication date: 04/19/2010
Pages: 352
Sales rank: 974,722
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.20(h) x 1.20(d)

About the Author

Chris Impey is a distinguished professor in the Department of Astronomy at the University of Arizona and the critically-acclaimed author of Beyond, How It Began, and How It Ends, and four other books, as well as two astronomy textbooks. He lives in Tucson, Arizona.

Table of Contents

Preface 11

Chapter 1 Endings are Personal 17

That's All Folks 18

Everything Has Its Time 25

End of the Line 33

Chapter 2 All Good Things Must Pass 41

The Reaper's Scythe 42

Beating the Odds 50

Dust to Dust 56

Chapter 3 The Future of Humanity 65

The Fate of Species 67

Our Own Worst Enemy 79

Chapter 4 Beyond Natural Selection 90

Endpoints of Evolution 91

Beyond Biology 102

Chapter 5 The Web of Life 110

The Restless Earth 112

Gaia 124

Chapter 6 Threats to the Biosphere 134

A Hard Rain 136

Saving the Planet 142

Life Is Viral 149

Chapter 7 Living in a Solar System 157

Pale Blue Dots 158

Life Beyond Earth 166

Threats from Beyond 172

Chapter 8 The Sun's Demise 181

Living with a Star 183

Moving Off-Earth 192

Chapter 9 Our Galactic Habitat 203

Once and Future Stars 205

Mergers and Acquisitions 218

Chapter 10 Aging of the Milky Way 227

Fade to Black 229

Childhood's End 238

Chapter 11 How the Universe Ends 248

Something from Nothing 249

How It All Ends 261

Chapter 12 Beyond Endings 271

Living in the Multiverse 273

From Endings to Meaning 280

Glossary 291

Notes 301

Reading List 325

Credits 329

Index 331

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