Death by Black Hole: And Other Cosmic Quandaries is an anthology of astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson's most well-known articles. Tyson may be an award-winning astrophysicist following in the footsteps of his mentor Carl Sagan, but he is best known as an accessible everyman. Tyson has the ability to convey complex science topics in a way that is both interesting and understandable, making him one of the most popular science communicators today.
The essays in Death by Black Hole were originally published in Natural History magazine. Together, they offer a basic introduction to the subject of astrophysics using analogies to everyday life. It also offers a look at the history of scientific research and cosmic theory while giving the reader tidbits of fascinating trivia throughout. The book is separated into seven chapters, with each section covering a different topic. These chapters include The Nature of Knowledge, The Knowledge of Nature, Ways and Means of Nature, The Meaning of Life, When the Universe Turns Bad, Science and Culture, and Science and God.
Tyson's excitement about science is also evident, and often seems contagious. In Death by Black Hole, Tyson explains the complex physics behind black holes by talking about what would happen to a person who fell into one. He unapologetically discusses his lack of understanding behind why many feel religion and science cannot coexist, and he's got a bone to pick with the movie studios because they cannot seem to depict the night sky realistically.
Tyson hosted the PBS show NOVA ScienceNow from 2006 until 2011, and currently serves as the director of the Hayden Planetarium at the Rose Center for Earth and Space. He also works in research at the American Museum of Natural History. Death by Black Hole: And Other Cosmic Quandaries was published in 2007.
Neil deGrasse Tyson has a talent for explaining the mysteries of outer space with stunning clarity and almost childlike enthusiasm. This collection of his essays from Natural History magazine explores a myriad of cosmic topics, from astral life at the frontiers of astrobiology to the movie industry's feeble efforts to get its images of night skies right.
Tyson introduces us to the physics of black holes by explaining what would happen to our bodies if we fell into one; he also examines the needless friction between science and religion, and notes Earth's status as an insignificantly small speck in the cosmos.
Renowned for his ability to blend content, accessibility, and humor, Tyson is a natural teacher who simplifies some of the most complex concepts in astrophysics while sharing his infectious excitement for our universe. Download and start listening now!