Book #4 : Death by Black Hole

Death by black hole : and other cosmic quandries by Neil deGrasse Tyson. W.W. Norton, 2014. 978-0-393-35038-8


I love science, but I don’t really like math, so I enjoy reading popular science books because you get all the cool stuff about science with out all the numbers.  I even have favorite science authors, just like other people have favorite fiction authors. (Yes, I am a huge nerd!).

One of my favorites is Neil deGrasse Tyson, astrophysicist and science rock star. Tyson hosted the reboot of Carl Sagan’s “Cosmos” and has his own talk show, “Star Talk” on radio and the National Geographic Channel. If you don’t already follow him on Twitter and/or Facebook, you’re missing out.  His comments are trenchant and funny and he makes no apologies for rejecting sloppy logic.  In a world where critical thinking skills seem to be lacking more and more each day, this is refreshing.

This book is a collection of essays he wrote over the years as a columnist for Natural History magazine, the publication of the American Natural History Museum.  Tyson covers topics such as black holes, the historical conflict between scientific and religious views, stellar evolution, the possibility of life elsewhere in the universe, and even what movies get wrong about astrophysics and astronomy.  Some of the subjects are complex, but Tyson has a knack for explaining things simply and with humor.



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