Neil deGrasse Tyson has a talent for guiding readers through the mysteries of outer space with stunning clarity and almost childlike enthusiasm. Here, Tyson compiles his favorite essays that he wrote for Natural History magazine across a myriad of cosmic topics, from astral life at the frontiers of astrobiology to the movie industry's feeble efforts to get its night skies right. Tyson introduces us to the physics of black holes by explaining the gory details of what would happen to our bodies if we fell into one, examining the needless friction between science and religion in the context of historical conflicts, and noting Earth's progression to "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.
by Ann Druyan, Neil deGrasse Tyson
by Neil deGrasse Tyson
by Neil deGrasse Tyson, Donald Goldsmith
by David Fulmer
by Timothy Zahn
by H.H. Dalai Lama, Howard C. Cutler
by Sheneska Jackson
by Neil deGrasse Tyson, Gregory Mone
by Neil deGrasse Tyson, Avis Lang
by Neil Cross
"What comes across with immediacy is how much fun Tyson, director of New York City's Hayden Planetarium, finds in astronomy and how much he wants listeners to enjoy it, too. Narrator Dion Graham captures the astronomer's excited, sometimes ironic, tone to perfection. Tyson's commentary runs the gamut--from pointing out errors in the science of his favorite sci-fi movies to describing the grisly details of what would happen to a person who fell into a black hole. The production is great for the nonscientist who likes to stay up-to-date with what's going on in astronomy. The combination of a passionate scientist who entertains and a narrator who completely captures the author's style and intent is powerfully enjoyable. D.G. Winner of AudioFile Earphones Award (c) AudioFile 2007, Portland, Maine"
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