Death by Black Hole: And Other Cosmic Quandries

Tyson, Neil deGrasse
W.W. Norton 2007
ISBN 978-0-393-33016-8
368pp
Date finished: 2009-08-28

Collects Tyson's columns from Natural History magazine from 1995 to 2005. They're excellent! I was reminded of Isaac Asimov's monthly science articles, except Tyson never has to phone it in. (Sometimes Asimov clearly couldn't come up with a good idea but still had to produce a column, so he would write an article that regurgitated the encyclopedia or did lots of dull numeric comparisons -- "the Amazon carries 15% more water than the Nile...") The column topics include the general and philosophical -- how does science work? why are people so mathematically unsophisticated? -- and overviews of basic physics and astronomy, as well as the current frontiers of research (dark energy, GRBs, extrasolar planets, and active galaxies). Polished, educational, and often funny; highly recommended even if you think you already know all about astronomy.

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