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Death by black hole : and other cosmic quandaries

Author: Neil deGrasse Tyson
Publisher: W.W. Norton, New York : W.W. Norton, ©2007.
Edition/Format:   Print book : English : 1st edView all editions and formats
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"Viewers of FOX's Cosmos have recognized Neil deGrasse Tyson's talent for guiding them through the mysteries of outer space 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 the movie industry's feeble efforts to get its night skies right to what it would be like to be inside a black hole. America's best -known  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Popular works
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Neil deGrasse Tyson
ISBN: 9780393062243 0393062244 9780393330168 0393330168 039335038X 9780393350388
OCLC Number: 70265574
Target Audience: 1300
Description: 384 pages ; 22 cm
Contents: Prologue: The beginning of science --
Section 1: 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 --
Section 2: The Knowledge of Nature : the Challenges of Discovering the Contents of the Cosmos. Journeys from the center of the Sun --
Planet parade --
Vagabonds of the solar system --
The five points of Lagrange --
Antimatter matters --
Section 3: 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 --
Section 4: 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. Section 5: 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 --
Section 6: 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 --
Section 7: Science and God : When Ways of Knowing Collide. In the beginning --
Holy wars --
The perimeter of ignorance.
Other Titles: And other cosmic quandaries
Responsibility: Neil deGrasse Tyson.
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A vibrant collection of essays on the cosmos from the nation's best-known astrophysicist. "One of today's best popularizers of science."-Kirkus Reviews.  Read more...

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