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Professor Neil DeGrasse Tyson

Death by Black Hole: And Other Cosmic Quandaries (Paperback)

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<p>Loyal readers of the monthly &quot;Universe&quot; essays in <em>Natural History</em> magazine have long recognized Neil deGrasse Tyson's talent for guiding them through the mysteries of the cosmos with clarity and enthusiasm. Bringing together more than forty of Tyson's favorite essays, <em>Death by Black Hole</em> explores a myriad of cosmic topics, from what it would be like to be inside a black hole to the movie industry's feeble efforts to get its night skies right. One of America's best-known astrophysicists, Tyson is a natural teacher who simplifies the complexities of astrophysics while sharing his infectious fascination for our universe.</p>

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Loyal readers of the monthly "Universe" essays in Natural History magazine have long recognized Neil deGrasse Tyson's talent for guiding them through the mysteries of the cosmos with clarity and enthusiasm. Bringing together more than forty of Tyson's favorite essays, Death by Black Hole explores a myriad of cosmic topics, from what it would be like to be inside a black hole to the movie industry's feeble efforts to get its night skies right. One of America's best-known astrophysicists, Tyson is a natural teacher who simplifies the complexities of astrophysics while sharing his infectious fascination for our universe.

• Author: Neil DeGrasse Tyson • ISBN:9780393350388 • Format:Paperback • Publication Date:2014-09-02

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Language
English
Publisher
W. W. Norton & Company
Book Format
Paperback
Original Languages
English
Number of Pages
384
Author
Professor Neil DeGrasse Tyson
Title
Death by Black Hole: And Other Cosmic Quandaries
ISBN-13
9780393350388
Publication Date
September, 2014
Assembled Product Dimensions (L x W x H)
9.00 x 6.00 x 1.50 Inches
ISBN-10
039335038X

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This book is simply su...

This book is simply super. I know very little about astronomy, physics and advanced math. I ordered the book on the recommendation of my son but would have been unable to retain any interest if the book had presented the information in the ordinary dry scientific manner. Mr. Tyson doesn't do that. His funny comments actually had me laughing out loud. Because of that, I stayed with the book and now understand black holes (kind of).

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Pretty serious science...

Pretty serious science here. I'm an engineer by training and astronomy has always been an interest so I was able to follow his essays. But deGrasse sprinkles in lots of humor especially in making comparisons. This I think will help the non-scientist in reading the book. I highly recommend it to anyone who looks up and wonders what's going on up there.

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I have watched a few d...

I have watched a few documentaries by Dr. Neil deGrasse Tyson and he did a fantastic job of explaining Science concepts in them. He has done an equally exceptional work in this book as well. We can call this as 'a Science book for the common man', since even people with basic knowledge will have an educating and entertaining experience going through the book. IMHO, this is a book for all ages. Complicated topics like Quasars, Quantum Theory and Black holes are detailed with utmost simplicity. The book covers a wide range of subjects and takes a deep-dive on many of them. In most chapters, I was able to paint a mental picture of the material I was reading. Such is the flair of the Author's presentation.

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Neil deGrasse Tyson is...

Neil deGrasse Tyson is a fascinating guy. He is one of the people that should be held up as a hero before sports stars, celebrities and politicians. This book is classic Tyson. Funny, easy to read and enlightening. The book itself is sort of a series of essays about the way nature can kill you. Just kidding. Well, in some places he does explain how nature can kill you.Actually, this book is a set of essays that he wrote for a magazine, Nature. He covers a lot of topics. These cover some wide ranges like science and religion all the way to black holes. Tyson has a great way of bringing a certain ease to scientific ideas. Not just the science itself but how to think about science. How to think rationally about life. If you've never read Tyson before, this is a good place to start. You'll get a feel of the author's point of view as well as his enthusiasm for science and rational thought. Neil deGrasse Tyson is the kind of person I think of when I hear the word philosopher.I recommend this book.

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I had the opportunity ...

I had the opportunity to take an intro to astrophysics course that was taught by Neil deGrasse Tyson and Charles Liu at the Museum of Natural History in NYC. Neil is a great teacher and this book reads exactly as he speaks - quick-witted and factually with plenty of easy to relate to references that help to bring the science to laymen. The book will be a quick read and a review for anyone that is well versed in the basic topics of astrophysics but for those that have an interest and have never read anything about it before, this would be great to start with. For those that have already delved into this arena, I feel they'll find it too basic. But well written.

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