9780393330168

Death By Blackhole Pa

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  • ISBN13:

    9780393330168

  • ISBN10:

    0393330168

  • Edition: 00
  • Format: Trade Paper
  • Copyright: 2007-11-17
  • Publisher: W W NORTON

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"One of today\'s best popularizers of science." -- Kirkus ReviewsLoyal 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 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.

Author Biography

Neil deGrasse Tyson is an astrophysicist with the American Museum of Natural History and serves as director of the world-famous Hayden Planetarium

Table of Contents

Prefacep. 11
Acknowledgmentsp. 13
Prologue: The Beginning of Sciencep. 15
The Nature of Knowledge: The challenges of knowing what is knowable in the universe
Coming to Our Sensesp. 25
On Earth as in the Heavensp. 31
Seeing Isn't Believingp. 38
The Information Trapp. 48
Stick-in-the-Mud Sciencep. 60
The Knowledge of Nature: The challenges of discovering the contents of the cosmos
Journey from the Center of the Sunp. 69
Planet Paradep. 75
Vagabonds of the Solar Systemp. 85
The Five Points of Lagrangep. 95
Antimatter Mattersp. 102
Ways and Means of Nature: How Nature presents herself to the inquiring mind
The Importance of Being Constantp. 111
Speed Limitsp. 119
Going Ballisticp. 127
On Being Densep. 135
Over the Rainbowp. 144
Cosmic Windowsp. 152
Colors of the Cosmosp. 161
Cosmic Plasmap. 168
Fire and Icep. 175
The Meaning of Life: The challenges and triumphs of knowing how we got here
Dust to Dustp. 185
Forged in the Starsp. 192
Send in the Cloudsp. 199
Goldilocks and the Three Planetsp. 207
Water, Waterp. 213
Living Spacep. 221
Life in the Universep. 229
Our Radio Bubblep. 238
When the Universe Turns Bad: All the ways the cosmos wants to kill us
Chaos in the Solar Systemp. 249
Coming Attractionsp. 254
Ends of the Worldp. 263
Galactic Enginesp. 268
Knock 'Em Deadp. 275
Death by Black Holep. 283
Science and Culture: The ruffled interface between cosmic discovery and the public's reaction to it
Things People Sayp. 291
Fear of Numbersp. 298
On Being Baffledp. 303
Footprints in the Sands of Sciencep. 309
Let There Be Darkp. 320
Hollywood Nightsp. 327
Science and God: When ways of knowing collide
In the Beginningp. 337
Holy Warsp. 346
The Perimeter of Ignorancep. 353
Referencesp. 363
Name Indexp. 369
Subject Indexp. 373
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