"Characteristically fun and jaunty." "Tyson proves that no topic is too big or small for his scrutiny... [He] tackles an impressive range of subjects... with great humor, humility, and-most important-humanity." -- Wook Kim "Dr. Tyson has a grand time dissecting certain forms of foolishness. Get it, plan to savor it" -- Angela Gunn "Tyson comes across as having an excellent grasp of the current state of astrophysics, cosmology, chemistry and other scientific disciplines... he conveys knowledge clearly to the nonspecialist, often with ingratiating humor and wit." -- Roy E. Perry
Readers of "Natural History" magazine recognise Neil deGrasse Tyson's talent for guiding them through the mysteries of the cosmos with clarity and enthusiasm. Here, Tyson compiles his best essays across a myriad of topics. The title essay introduces readers to the physics of black holes, "Holy Wars" examines the needless friction between science and religion in the context of historical conflicts and "Hollywood Nights" assails the movie industry's feeble efforts to get its night skies right.