Death by Black Hole And Other Cosmic Quandaries

ISBN-10: 0393330168
ISBN-13: 9780393330168
Edition: 2007
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List price: $15.95
Copyright year: 2007
Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company, Incorporated
Publication date: 11/17/2007
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 384
Size: 5.50" wide x 8.25" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 0.902

"One of today's best popularizers of science."Kirkus Reviews Loyal readers of the monthly "Universe" essays inNatural Historymagazine have long recognized Neil deGrasse Tyson's talent for guiding them through the mysteries of the cosmos with stunning clarity and childlike enthusiasm. Here Tyson compiles his favorite essays across a myriad of cosmic topics. The title essay introduces readers to the physics of black holes by explaining just what would happen to your body if you fell into one, while "Hollywood Nights" assails Hollywood's feeble efforts to get its night skies right. Tyson is the world's best-known astrophysicist, and he's at his best here, as a natural teacher who simplifies the complexities of astrophysics while sharing his infectious excitement for our universe.

Astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson was born in New York City on October 5, 1958. Interested in astronomy since he was a child, Tyson gave lectures on the topic at the age of 15. He attended the Bronx High School of Science and was the editor-in-chief for its Physical Science Journal. After earning a B.A. in Physics from Harvard in 1980, Tyson received an M.A. in Astronomy from the University of Texas at Austin in 1983. He earned his Ph.D. in Astrophysics from Columbia in 1991. Since 1996, Tyson has held the position of Frederick P. Rose Director of the Hayden Planetarium at Manhattan's American Museum of Natural History. In 2001, he was appointed by President George W. Bush to serve on the Commission on the Future of the United States Aerospace Industry. In 2004, Tyson joined the President's Commission on Implementation of United States Space Exploration Policy. He has hosted PBS's television show NOVA scienceNOW since 2006. Tyson can also be seen frequently as a guest on The Daily Show with Jon Stewart, The Colbert Report, and Late Night with Conan O'Brien. Tyson has written many popular books on astronomy, and he began his "Universe" column for Natural History magazine in 1995. In 2009, he published the bestselling book The Pluto Files: The Rise and Fall of America's Favorite Planet to describe the controversy over Pluto's demotion to dwarf planet. Tyson was recognized in 2004 with the NASA Distinguished Public Service Medal, and Time named him one of the 100 Most Influential People of 2007.

Preface
Acknowledgments
Prologue: The Beginning of Science
The Nature of Knowledge: The challenges of knowing what is knowable in the universe
Coming to Our Senses
On Earth as in the Heavens
Seeing Isn't Believing
The Information Trap
Stick-in-the-Mud Science
The Knowledge of Nature: The challenges of discovering the contents of the cosmos
Journey from the Center of the Sun
Planet Parade
Vagabonds of the Solar System
The Five Points of Lagrange
Antimatter Matters
Ways and Means of Nature: How Nature presents herself to the inquiring mind
The Importance of Being Constant
Speed Limits
Going Ballistic
On Being Dense
Over the Rainbow
Cosmic Windows
Colors of the Cosmos
Cosmic Plasma
Fire and Ice
The Meaning of Life: The challenges and triumphs of knowing how we got here
Dust to Dust
Forged in the Stars
Send in the Clouds
Goldilocks and the Three Planets
Water, Water
Living Space
Life in the Universe
Our Radio Bubble
When the Universe Turns Bad: All the ways the cosmos wants to kill us
Chaos in the Solar System
Coming Attractions
Ends of the World
Galactic Engines
Knock 'Em Dead
Death by Black Hole
Science and Culture: The ruffled interface between cosmic discovery and the public's reaction to it
Things People Say
Fear of Numbers
On Being Baffled
Footprints in the Sands of Science
Let There Be Dark
Hollywood Nights
Science and God: When ways of knowing collide
In the Beginning
Holy Wars
The Perimeter of Ignorance
References
Name Index
Subject Index

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