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Death from the Skies!: The Science Behind the End of the World [Englisch] [Taschenbuch]

Philip Plait Ph.D.
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25. August 2009
With wit, humor, and an infectious love of astronomy that could win over even the science-phobic, this fun and fascinating book reminds us that outer space is anything but remote. The scientist behind the popular website badastronomy.com, Philip Plait presents some of the most fearsome end-of-the-world calamities (for instance, incoming asteroids and planet-swallowing black holes), demystifies the scientific principles at work behind them, and gives us the odds that any of them will step out of the realm of sci-fi to disrupt our quiet corner of the cosmos. The result is a book that is both terrifying and entertaining?a tour of the violent universe we live in, written with an enthusiasm that every stargazer will appreciate.


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  • Taschenbuch: 336 Seiten
  • Verlag: Penguin Books; Auflage: Reprint (25. August 2009)
  • Sprache: Englisch
  • ISBN-10: 0143116045
  • ISBN-13: 978-0143116042
  • Vom Hersteller empfohlenes Alter: Ab 18 Jahren
  • Größe und/oder Gewicht: 5,2 x 7,9 x 0,8 cm
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  • Amazon Bestseller-Rang: Nr. 198.790 in Englische Bücher (Siehe Top 100 in Englische Bücher)
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Pressestimmen

"[Plait] describes each doomsday scenario with glee. . . . Yet for all that, his book is strangely comforting."
-The Washington Post Book World

" A surprisingly upbeat look at all the ways the universe can destroy us . . . Eminently readable."
-Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

"The enthusiasm Plait has for his subject is not any morbid fascination with the upcoming bang or whimper, but with how much we know now about the universe around us, and he conveys this enthusiasm with pages full of wonder."
-The Commercial Dispatch

Über den Autor und weitere Mitwirkende

Phil Plait, Ph.D. is a NASA-funded research astronomer with more than ten years of professional experience. He has written astronomy articles for magazines such as Astronomy, Muse, and Space Illustrated, and has been published in the Boston Globe. Plait has appeared on national radio and TV programs, including the Sci-Fi Channel’s “Countdown to Doomsday” documentary.

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5.0 von 5 Sternen Excellent astronomy 28. Januar 2009
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Phil Plate manages to write a book with a sensationalist topic without actually descending into sensationalism - and still manages to keep you tied to your reading chair. Whatever the title may suggest, after reading this book you will be far less scared about the sky falling on your head but know a lot more about astronomy.
Side effects may include going out and buying a telescope, which is what happened to me :-)
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Oh my god! Ahhhh! We're all going to die!!!! 2. Dezember 2010
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Well we surley do, put please don't jump of the cliff just because you've heard about the next astroid, solarflare, black hole, alien etc. which will extinguish our world.

This book gives a very good overview of the facts and influences of cosmic actions.
It is also a good repeat, for those who already know something about astronomy, especially about stars and black holes.
For those who don't know anything about astronomy, it's a perfect start to learn something about it.
It's filled with theories, scenarios, history (i would like to have some more math in that book)and of course astronomy. All the scenarios which could or could not threaten planet earth are mentioned and elaborated.
And it's a lot of fun to read it!

I couldn't even stop reading, and I was really busy at the time I read the book.
I told a few friends about the book and they are thrilled.

I recommend it to anybody. You can't go wrong with this book.

PS: I recommend it to read it in english, it's really more fun...even if you're not good in english(i'm not either :) )
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Äußerst informativ, witzig und gruselig 19. Juli 2010
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Eines der besten populärwissenschaftlichen Bücher, das ich je gelesen habe. Phil Plait schreibt mitreißend. Wenn man seine begeisterte Sprechweise kennt, hört man seine Faszination bei jedem Satz förmlich im Kopf. Ich habe öfters beim Lesen lauf aufgelacht (was mir sonst sehr selten passiert). Gleichzeitig scheut er sich nicht, sehr tief ins Detail zu gehen. Er vertraut seinen Lesern, dass sie ihm folgen können, weil er weiß, dass es gerade die Details sind, die die Faszination des Themas ausmachen. Und wenn man meint, vor lauter Ehrfurcht vor der Wissenschaft und dem Horror des gerade geschilderten Untergangsszenarios der Kopf platzt, setzt er einem im nächsten Kapitel ein noch abgedrehteres Armageddon vor. Schön sarkastisch garniert mit einem kleinen Prosa-Abschnitt, um einem das ganze begreifbar zu machen. Und das alles hart wissenschaftlich untermauert.

Das letzte Kapitel über das Ende des Universums spielt mit Zeitskalen, deren Nullen allein einen schon fertigmachen. Es ist das abgedrehteste, was ich je in einem Sachbuch gelesen habe, die Unausweichlichkeit, mit der alles, was wir kennen, einmal hoffnungslos den Kältetod sterben wird, ist profund, deprimierend, aber gleichzeitig auch erhebend.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Crash, Boom and Pop Astronomy 18. Oktober 2008
Von Harold A. Geller - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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The author reviews just about every disaster of global proportions that this old universe has in store for us. This includes everything from impacts with space rocks, solar magnetic storms, gamma-ray bursts, and the ultimate fate from the expansion of the universe itself. While these and others are serious scenarios, the author maintains a cosmic wit as is demonstrated even in his section subtitles. For example, there's "Sirius Danger?," "The Hole Truth," and "Sunrise Sunset" which is of course followed by "Swiftly Flow the Days Millennia Eons." By the way, if you wade through all of the cosmic disasters (speaking of which disaster itself is derived from the Greek for 'bad star') you'll find in the end that you have learned a bit about almost every topic that I teach in my introductory astronomy classes. Note that there are not any color photographs, but you can find lots of those online or in any standard astronomy text. I'm sure that by only including black and white images, it helped keep down the book cost, which makes this volume reachable to a wider audience. I highly recommend the book as an enjoyable weekend read which can lead you to think, learn, and perhaps realize that there can be lots gained from analyzing doom and gloom scenarios, especially if you apply scientific reasoning, which includes critical thinking.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Fun & Fascinating Science 4. September 2009
Von Nom de Guerre - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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If you are looking at this review and considering buying Death from the Skies!, that probably means you have some interest in astronomy--if you do, I promise you will love this book. It is probably the most engaging non-fiction book I have ever read--I couldn't put it down. Phil Plait uses teaser stories at the beginning of each chapter, describing what it would be like to experience the various cosmic threats he covers. These are incredibly effective at grabbing your attention. Each time I read a new teaser, I couldn't stop myself from reading the rest of the chapter. In addition, the chapters, though they are packed with science, are very accessible and full of wit. Plait has a great sense of humor, and a gift for clear explanation. You do not need any kind of background in astro, physics, or math to get what he is talking about. I took a lot of astro in college so the concepts in the book were already familiar to me, which may have helped me to plow through the book quickly, but I don't think that sort of background is crucial. Anyway, I was an art history major, so it's not like I am some great expert on astronomy. If you are interested, you will be able to get what Plait is talking about.

This book has really reawakened my interest in the cosmos--I've started reading more astro and doing stuff like watching Jupiter and its moons as they change positions each night, stuff I hadn't done in ages. In addition, the book gave me a sense of perspective on Earth's place in the universe. There are some very thought-provoking ideas here, especially in the chapter about the end of the universe, which gets a little philosophical (in a good way). Plait also has a lot of good, practical stuff to say about risk assessment and what we can or should actually do about the threats he covers. This is a great strength of the book, reminding us to think before we give in to terror (and not just terror from the skies).

If you are reading this review and have any interest in astronomy, I can tell you without any reservations: get this book. You are in for a great ride, one that is plenty rewarding.

And to Phil Plait: write another one soon!!
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Death From the Skies makes you quite Wise 26. Oktober 2008
Von Scythian Barbarian - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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The book is quite a roller coaster ride that takes you through all the many ways that the universe can kill us. Yet, the author, Dr. Philip Plait masterfully explains the many concepts with wit and humor rarely encountered in todays popular science books. Even those who have a decent background in astronomy can find facts and information that are absolutely novel to their thinking. Plait echoes the spirit of Sagan with an approach that allows any lay reader to understand the ridiculously difficult concepts that must be simplified but not dumbed down. Moreover, the science in the book represents our very latest understanding about the cosmos. One very important fact that must be mentioned from the book is that there are many ways for the universe to kill us, but the two that are most likely to disrupt our lives are fully preventable and mitigable. There is absolutely no excuse for our ignorance regarding the next near Earth asteroid, or major coronal mass ejection/giant solar flare from destroying all that we've worked so hard to accomplish. This is the ultimate and greatest message of the book.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen The End of the World was Never Funnier 31. August 2009
Von Bob Reece - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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Anyone worried about looking out their bathroom window to discover the birds gone along with an overwhelming stillness should not read this book. If you notice all the trees around you suddenly begin to smoke, don't bother running away. If just after sunrise you notice rocks begin to melt, don't bother turning on the air conditioner.

If any of these possible scenarios do not alarm you and you are looking for a laugh-out-loud read about the different ways the world could end, then this book is for you. Astronomer and author, Dr. Philip Plait enlightens us with many more scenarios describing what would happen to our planet just before biblical catastrophes such as the Sun dying, asteroid and comet impacts, gamma-ray bursts, black holes, and more.

Expect to get educated as well with terms any layman can understand but appreciate: "The Sun is about 93 million miles away. If you could build a highway and drive there, it would take over 170 years. Even an airplane would take two decades to fly to the Sun if it could."

Plait's "Death from the Skies" is a blast (pun intended).
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5.0 von 5 Sternen As Gripping as it is Informative 17. November 2008
Von G. Poirier - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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I can't praise this book enough! This gifted author, a renowned astronomer, discusses the various ways in which our world could end due to catastrophes of a cosmological/astrophysical nature. In order to do this, he must explain the scientific principles involved and relate them to the ways in which we could meet our end - in morbid detail. For all of these events, probabilities are given regarding their possibly occurring during our own lifetimes, as well as whether any are actually preventable. The prose is simply outstanding; it leaves the reader breathless! The author's passion and excitement for his subject matter are quite contagious. Not only is the writing style clear and authoritative, but it's also immensely accessible. Using wit, humor, excellent analogies and everyday language, the author weaves each potential disaster tale in such a way that both general readers and scientists alike can relish them. Reading this book is the most pleasant way that I can think of for learning of human-race-annihilating disasters. This book can be enjoyed by anyone!
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