Tyson has a very wonderful mind and a very good wit. The performance by Graham was just as good as if Tyson were performing this himself. At times I forgot that it was not Tyson speaking.
Everything about this book is 'top-shelf'. The narrator is animated, the story for all of the complex subject matter, is relayed in terms easy to understand. Worth a second read for sure, to catch the things one may have missed, or had time to reflect on and wishes to revisit .
Well narrated, easy to listen to. Some parts got a bit complex and above my ability to understand, and Neil deGrasse Tyson's humorous comparisons made it quite entertaining. Dion Graham read in such a way that I could hear it as if Tyson was reading it himself.
Easier to understand than some of Tyson's other books, so for me it's more entertaining. Still some math involved, and highly technical explanations, but it's kept minimal.
One of the premier scientists in the media, Neil deGrasse Tyson has been excellent in every work I've seen, read, watched, or to which I've listened. The host of the Fox program Cosmos writes on several contemporary topics with some added history as well. The verdict? Black science man knocks it out of the park again.
The author discusses the cover topic, but this book is not devoted entirely to black holes. Topics on which you will read also include tools that expand the senses, physics history, skepticism, phenomena at different scales, the intersection of science and religion, and several other topics. An erudite scholar and a wonderful composer of explanatory prose, Tyson is a key American ambassador of science. In a country appallingly devoid of science literacy, he has his work cut out for him.
I recommend this for people of all ages and for all fans of science. To the American public: read this book, please!
For those with a layperson’s interest in physics, Death by Black Hole is an entertaining and informative read. Tyson is a respected Astrophysicist and media personality, most recently recognizable as the host of the re-booted mini-series Cosmos. Those familiar with him will recognize in DBBH a few pet themes that underlie his works: first, that there is beauty, structure, and grandeur in the visible and invisible universe and secondly, that humanity’s best mechanism for understanding and explaining these lie in the application of the scientific method of inquiry. Having said that, DBBH is essentially an anthology of self-contained essays grouped by various themes, ranging from the foundations of knowledge and science, the biological and evolutionary origins of life, to the physical laws and structure of our visible and invisible universe. If this sounds heavy handed (it isn’t), Tyson also playfully diverges into explanations of how popular sci-fi movies get the science wrong, the multiple ways the universe is trying and failing to kill the collective us, and why so many of our commonly held axioms (“the sun always rises in the east”) are not quite correct. In lesser hands, this could come across as boorish but Tyson has a knack for infusing it with a tongue and cheek, sometimes self-deprecating, humor (as the title implies) that makes the material accessible while never condescending to the reader. As for the narration, I admit to being surprised after listening to the audiobook when I discovered that Tyson himself didn’t narrate it; hats off to Dion Graham for a lively reading and bang on impersonation. While DBBH would never be mistaken for a high school physics text, or even a mass market but more serious take such as Stephen Hawking’s “A Brief History of Time”, I highly recommend this audiobook, particularly for younger (or young at heart) readers who want to learn more about, to quote Douglas Adams, “life, the universe, and everything”.
Putting books on the back burner.
I ended up watching a revise version on Cosmos when it was on Fox. I've only seen a few episodes of the original with Carl Edward Sagan and was always amazed on how well he was able to explained space and life. I was a bit skeptical when I started to watch the new Cosmos with Neil deGrasse Tyson, but I was hooked from the very beginning. His style of explaining the universe is almost good as Sagan.
After the series ended, I wanted to know more about Neil deGrasse Tyson. I found out that he is a famous astrophysicist and wrote many books on the subject. "Death by Black Hole" is a bunch of articles into a book that Tyson wrote and they are outstanding at explaining the unknown that are out of this world.
Dr. Tyson has the same charisma as Dr. Sagan that you can listen to him for hours and always learn something new.
This is a great introduction of astronomy and science. I will be reading more of Tyson's work.
I haven't read the print version so I cannot comment on that
The author of course! Dr Tyson is one of the best at describing physics in a way that everyone can grasp
Still Dr Tyson
My only complaint is that some material was repeated throughout the book, but overall, this is a wonderful listen!!
The book presents the leading edge of astronomy in an easy to access and understand manner. Exotic concepts are presented in at a level a college freshman can understand. The book avoids a higher rating with the author's digressions into social and spiritual matters. If the author wishes to write a book about current scientific discoveries, great, he should leave his personal opinions in religion and popular culture out of it. If he wishes to publish an opinion piece, fine, but at least be honest about what it is.
Possibly, but there are others I would look for first.
Shop of a new telescope.
The author does a great job of explaining scientific concepts so someone without an advanced degree in physics can understand. Great non-fiction read for those who want to continue to expand their knowledge about the world(s) around us.