9780143116042

Death from the Skies! : The Science Behind the End of the World

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  • ISBN13:

    9780143116042

  • ISBN10:

    0143116045

  • Edition: Reprint
  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 8/25/2009
  • Publisher: Penguin (Non-Classics)
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Summary

With wit, humor, and an infectious love of astronomy that could win over even the science-phobic, this fun and fascinating book reminds us that outer space is anything but remote. The scientist behind the popular website badastronomy.com, Philip Plait presents some of the most fearsome end-of-the-world calamities (for instance, incoming asteroids and planet-swallowing black holes), demystifies the scientific principles at work behind them, and gives us the odds that any of them will step out of the realm of sci-fi to disrupt our quiet corner of the cosmos. The result is a book that is both terrifying and entertaining—a tour of the violent universe we live in, written with an enthusiasm that every stargazer will appreciate.

Author Biography

Philip Plait, Ph.D. , is a renowned astronomer who has written articles for such magazines as Astronomy and Sky and Telescope.

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