Death From the Skies!

Death From the Skies!

These Are the Ways the World Will End

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Penguin Putnam
A lively astronomy primer that uses cataclysmic scenarios to explain the universe?s most fascinating events.

According to astronomer Philip Plait, the universe is an apocalypse waiting to happen But how much do we really need to fear from things like black holes, gamma-ray bursts, and supernovae? And if we should be scared, is there anything we can do to save ourselves? With humor and wit, Plait details the myriad doomsday events that the cosmos could send our way to destroy our planet and life as we know it. This authoritative yet accessible study is the ultimate astronomy lesson.

Combining fascinating?and often alarming?scenarios that seem plucked from science fiction with the latest research and opinions, Plait illustrates why outer space is not as remote as most people think. Each chapter explores a different phenomenon, explaining it in easy-to-understand terms, and considering how life on earth and the planet itself would be affected should the event come to pass. Rather than sensationalizing the information, Plait analyzes the probability of these catastrophes occurring in our lifetimes and what we can do to stop them. With its entertaining tone and enlightening explanation of unfathomable concepts, Death from the Skies! will appeal to science buffs and beginners alike.



Baker & Taylor
A lively astronomy primer uses cataclysmic scenarios to explain some of the universe's most interest-piquing phenomena, in a comprehensive guide that also explains how life on Earth would be affected should depicted events occur. 30,000 first printing.

Baker
& Taylor

An astronomy primer uses cataclysmic scenarios to explain some of the universe's most interest-piquing phenomena, in a comprehensive guide that also explains how life on Earth would be affected should the depicted events occur.
It's only a matter of time before a cosmic disaster spells the end of the Earth. But how concerned should we about about any of these catastrophic scenarios? And if they do post a danger, can anything be done to stop them?

Publisher: New York : Viking, 2008
ISBN: 9780670019977
0670019976
Characteristics: 326 p. : ill ; 22 cm

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treemikekg
Sep 18, 2015

I love it!!! :D

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paulsarkisian
Aug 18, 2011

This is a very entertaining and informative read. Philip Plait gets across the enormity of the astronomical forces that exist in the universe with dry humor and clear explanations. He is a renowned science educator an popularizer. This is a great read!

Rachelene Nov 02, 2009

Fun, entertaining and spectacular way to get introduced to the universe and all the ways things will end. And mind you, considering the title, it's also a strangely comforting book... Reading this is like watching a good old end-of-the-world movie from the 50s.

The author is very good at everyday speak, and can translate even the most challenging physics and astronomy issues to a language that is accessible to everyone.

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