The Resource Death by black hole : and other cosmic quandaries, Neil deGrasse Tyson

Death by black hole : and other cosmic quandaries, Neil deGrasse Tyson

Label
Death by black hole : and other cosmic quandaries
Title
Death by black hole
Title remainder
and other cosmic quandaries
Statement of responsibility
Neil deGrasse Tyson
Creator
Author
Subject
Language
eng
Summary
  • According to astrophysicist Tyson, director of New York City's Hayden Planetarium, size does matter when it comes to black holes, although the chances of your surviving the encounter aren't good in any case. Tyson takes readers on an exciting journey from Earth's hot springs, where extremophiles flourish in hellish conditions, to the frozen, desolate stretches of the Oort Cloud and the universe's farthest reaches, in both space and time. Tyson doesn't restrict his musings to astrophysics, but wanders into related fields like relativity and particle physics, which he explains just as clearly as he does Lagrangian points, where we someday may park interplanetary filling stations. He tackles popular myths (is the sun yellow?) and takes movie directors--most notably James Cameron--to task for spectacular goofs. In the last section the author gives his take on the hot subject of intelligent design. Readers of Natural History magazine will be familiar with many of the 42 essays collected here
  • In this collection of forty-two essays on the cosmos and our place in it, astrophysicist and Hayden Planetarium director Neil deGrasse Tyson explores the nature of knowledge, how we discover the contents of the cosmos, how nature presents herself to the inquiring mind, the meaning of life and the challenges of learning how we got here, all the ways the cosmos wants to kill us, the interface between scientific discoveries and the public's reactions to them, and science and God
Has edition
Cataloging source
BTCTA
Dewey number
523.8/875
Index
index present
LC call number
QB982
LC item number
.T965 2014
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
Label
Death by black hole : and other cosmic quandaries, Neil deGrasse Tyson
Publication
Copyright
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 363-368) and indexes
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Prologue: The beginning of science -- Coming to our senses -- On Earth as in the heavens -- Seeing isn't believing -- The information trap -- Stick-in-the-mud science -- Journey from the center of the Sun -- Planet parade -- Vagabonds of the solar system -- The five points of Lagrange -- Antimatter matters -- 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 -- 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 -- Chaos in the solar system -- Coming attractions -- Ends of the world -- Galactic engines -- Knock 'em dead -- Death by black hole -- Things people say -- Fear of numbers -- On being baffled -- Footprints in the sands of science -- Let there be dark -- Hollywood nights -- In the beginning -- Holy wars -- The perimeter of ignorance
Control code
869770822
Dimensions
21 cm.
Extent
384 pages
Isbn
9780393350388
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n

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