Death by Black Hole: And Other Cosmic Quandaries

Death by Black Hole: And Other Cosmic Quandaries Review

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.

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 stunning clarity and almost 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 the gory details of what would happen to your body if you fell into one. "Holy Wars" examines the needless friction between science and religion in the context of historical conflicts. "The Search for Life in the Universe" explores astral life from the frontiers of astrobiology. And "Hollywood Nights" assails the movie industry's feeble efforts to get its night skies right.

Known for his ability to blend content, accessibility, and humor, Tyson is a natural teacher who simplifies some of the most complex concepts in astrophysics while simultaneously sharing his infectious excitement about our universe.

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  • Samadrita

    Neil deGrasse Tyson is a force to reckon with. But he is not Carl Sagan. While Sagan must have smiled down kindly on your meek acknowledgement of ignorance regarding, say, black holes, Tyson will have...

  • Bradley

    This is a very fun read for all you science nerds... not only being clear and humorous but wide-ranging and careful to build up a number of those necessary building blocks of knowledge but doing it pr...

  • Chloe

    Within my skull, where all of those vital pieces of data surrounding science are supposed to be stored, there is instead a vast beaker-shaped void of ignorance. In high school, while we were supposed ...

  • Chris

    I have often lamented the passing of my favorite popular scientist, Carl Sagan, by talking about how necessary he is right now. We are at a point in our history where scientific illiteracy is growing,...

  • Jocelyn

    I don't think I can properly explain how much I love this book, but I'll try.Death by Black Hole: And Other Cosmic Quandaries is a collection of essays Tyson wrote for Natural History, a magazine dedi...

  • Maria

    I have one last section to go (Religion and Science), but my main points won't be affected by it.Death By Black Hole provides, especially in the first couple of sections, a really good outline of vari...

  • David

    As a scientist, at first I was rather bored by this book. I was not learning anything new, and not gaining new insights into astronomy.But, as I read further, it just hit me--this book is tremendously...

  • Stephanie *Extremely Stable Genius*

    Blinded by scienceEinstein, Io, comet tails Information glutI consider myself an intelligent person. I also find science fascinating. I'm just not sure what happen between me and Death by Black Hole: ...

  • B Schrodinger

    Neil is without doubt one of the greatest scientific communicators alive. He is erudite and hilarious with no apparent effort and can always bring the 'wow'.I enjoy his podcast and have probably watch...

  • Josh

    For me this book was merely okay. I've read quite a bit of these types of books, physics for the layperson, and this book was probably my least favorite.I don't like the overall tone of the book. Tyso...