- Hardcover: 336 pages
- Publisher: Viking Adult (October 16, 2008)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0670019976
- ISBN-13: 978-0670019977
- Product Dimensions: 5.8 x 1.2 x 8.5 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars See all reviews (108 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #110,345 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Death from the Skies!: These Are the Ways the World Will End . . . Hardcover – October 16, 2008
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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).Read more ›
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).
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I really enjoyed the book, it makes science interesting by telling you how the world will end.Published 1 month ago by Margarita G. Gutierrez
I'm an astronomy buff so I love this kind of stuff but novices will find it entertaining and informative as well. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Josh
Few science books I have ever read have been this entertaining, this informative and this thought provoking. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Amazon Customer
great book Phillip Plait goes to great length to explain all the ways that our existence could end. one of the better books I have read. READ THIS BOOK !!!!!!Published 8 months ago by music48
Marked all over with Phil Plait's trademark humor, this book is a must for anyone who's a fan of epic disasters (or science fiction). Read morePublished 8 months ago by Scarlett R. Algee
As a new follower of astronomy (had to teach a basic course in high school this year, so had to learn as much as I could, stat), I found this to be a fascinating book. Read morePublished 8 months ago by bhr