My reviews are honest. No sugar coating here.
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!!
I love cosmology--took a class several years ago. This book helped to put it all in a perspective that was more easily understood and enjoyable--I didn't have to do any of those tedious calculations to determine how far away the stars were! I also learned a lot that wasn't even known at the time I took the class. The material was presented in a manner that was scientific with a twist of humor. The narrator delivered those lines perfectly.
My big disappointment was the God discussion at the end of the book. The assertion that those of us who believe in a spiritual being and/or intelligent creation are ignorant was insulting, to say the least. Just because God has never been proved doesn't mean there is no divine being. No one can "prove" love, but do we deny it exists?
That last chapter ruined (for me) an otherwise engaging and informative book. I enjoyed imagining the universe's many wonders as they were described.
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.
This book is meant for the average astronomy enthusiast , but is amazingly lucid even for someone who doesnot understand any such concepts as "Black Hole", "Supernova" or "Quasars". Tyson has done an amazing job in compiling this book and even more so to narrate it so effortlessly.
I have gone through this book atleast 3 times and would recommend it to be a part of your must read list also.
This is a collection of articles edited into a book. While interesting and full of information I didn't know, the pieced together nature made it seem like it was wandering and not really a full narrative.
an interesting book. but if you read a brief history of time, and understood it, then most of this is just a recap. there are a few funy anecdotes and updates to previous knowledge to keep the mood light and make the book intresting.
in short, if u have a discovery channel level of understanding of string theory, then u can skip this title. if u think string theory has something to do with violins, then this is a good place to expand your horizons.
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.
If you have any familiarity with recent developments in modern physics, then you will find 99% of this book old news. It covers good material, but only on a very simplistic level (think USA Today). Do yourself favor and get Bill Bryson's "A Short History of Nearly Everything" (much better "casual reader" version of this material and more) or Brian Greene's "Fabric of the Cosmos" (in-depth coverage, "denser" but well worth it).
I will soon be eighty one years young. I have had a very interesting life learning from it as well as enjoying it. I just published a book.
Even though I found this particular deGrasse book some what substandard to what I had hoped for when starting a work by Neil deGrasse I am still glad that I took the time to read it. Dr.deGrasse is a most intellegent and interesting man. The problem here is that the book was a collection of magazine articles that standing alone each article could have been of interest. Using them as a collection in the form of a book almost seemed as if the author was told to fill a certain amount of pages with information and opinons by the publisher. To me this book was filled with just too much information with not enough explanation.