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Death from the Skies! : The Science Behind the End of the World

ISBN: 9780143116042 | 0143116045
Edition: Reprint
Format: Paperback
Publisher: Penguin (Non-Classics)
Pub. Date: 8/25/2009

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With wit, humor, and an infectious love of astronomy that could win over even the science-phobic, this fun and fascinating book reminds us that outer space is anything but remote. The scientist behind the popular website, Philip Plait presents some of the most fearsome end-of-the-world calamities (for instance, incoming asteroids and planet-swallowing black holes), demystifies the scientific principles at work behind them, and gives us the odds that any of them will step out of the realm of sci-fi to disrupt our quiet corner of the cosmos. The result is a book that is both terrifying and entertaining—a tour of the violent universe we live in, written with an enthusiasm that every stargazer will appreciate.

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