Death from the Skies!: These Are the Ways the World Will End...

Death from the Skies!: These Are the Ways the World Will End...

A lively astronomy primer that uses cataclysmic scenarios to explain the universe's most fascinating events. According to astronomer Philip Plait, the universe is an apocalypse waiting to happen But how much do we really need to fear from things like black holes, gamma-ray bursts, and supernovae? And if we should be scared, is there anything we can do to save ourselves? Wit A lively astronomy primer that uses cataclysmic scenarios to explain the universe's most fascinating events. Accor...

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Title:Death from the Skies!: These Are the Ways the World Will End...
Author:Philip Plait
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ISBN:Death from the Skies!: These Are the Ways the World Will End...
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  • David
    Oct 17, 2010
    This is a fascinating, fun book to read. The author has kept the book light-hearted with an easy-going sense of humor. I majored in astronomy and physics in undergraduate school, yet I still learned some interesting things from this book. I learned that an asteroid collision is per...
  • Dan
    Feb 28, 2013
    My most recent read was from astronomer Phil Plait, who writes the Bad Astronomy blog over at Slate. "Death from the Skies" chronicles all of the possible ways that our planet, and life as we know it, could be destroyed by non-terrestrial natural events. This is definitely not light re...
  • Todd N
    Dec 27, 2008
    I really enjoyed this book. It's a collection of esoteric topics in astronomy all tied together by one thing -- they could possibly destroy the Earth or at least most of the life on it. Each chapter covers a particular threat -- asteroids and comets, solar events, death of the sun, ...
  • Chris
    Jun 12, 2009
    I've always found the end of the world fascinating. So many cultures have put together their own ideas of how the world will end, from the Norse Ragnark to the Christian apocalypse to the Hindu cycle of creation and destruction. We live in a world that was, for a long time, unpredict...
  • Nicholas
    May 07, 2011
    If you aren't reading Phil Plait's Bad Astronomy blog over at Discover magazine, you should be. His writing is an awesome example of how real science can be just as awe-inspiring, cool and interesting as the "science" that underlays our most exciting and captivating science fiction sto...
  • Brian Hodges
    Sep 14, 2009
    This is pop-science at its most fun. What better way to learn about the world of astronomy than by learning about all the ways the Universe might kill all life on Earth? "Death From the Skies" uses this setup as the jumping off point to teach the reader all about black holes, the Big B...
  • Jacob
    Oct 04, 2012
    I really like Phil Plait. His blog (Bad Astronomy on Slate.com) is enlightening, and from what I've seen on Youtube, he's an entertaining speaker. We need more people who can take science to the non-scientists in a relatable way, and Dr. P is at the forefront. Having said that, the ...
  • Rebecca
    Aug 27, 2009
    I'll be honest with you -- I like pop science books, magazines and blogs even when I know the subject. (Read: they are about astronomy*.) Part of it is reading to see how others explain a subject, which helps me learn things. Part of it is that the narrative for explaining the science ...
  • Leah
    Jan 25, 2011
    I really enjoyed this book. From the title, you can probably guess that this book appealed to my slightly fatalistic fascination with end-of-the-world, apocalyptic scenarios. I love pondering the unavoidable and the inevitable. And this book presents, of all the environmental, weather,...
  • Jamie
    Dec 09, 2009
    The full title here is Death from the Skies!: These Are the Ways the World Will End, and in it astrophysicist (or something along those lines) Phillip Plait takes on the bombastic topic of global annihilation. Specifically, he looks at all the ways Earth could destroyed by threats from...
  • Andrew
    Dec 18, 2010
    An interesting book, it looks as if Phil Plait started it as "what are the chances of an astronomical event damaging society?" and finished it by wrapping up the history of the universe. If you want to cut to the quick, flip to the end where he has a chart with the probability of the f...
  • Celeste
    Sep 06, 2009
    Entertaining refresher course on astronomy, cosmology, and even a bit of earth science. The author presents the many ways that the universe could wipe us out (or at least severely inconvenience us): from asteroid strikes, solar flares, GRBs, nearby supernovae and wandering black holes ...
  • Sam
    Nov 09, 2010
    I absolutely loved this book! As one who has often been utterly confused by physics (especially the physics of space and time) but still completely fascinated this book has answered my physics prayers. Plait has managed to take an extremely complex subject and make it comprehensible to...
  • Evanston Public  Library
    Jun 26, 2009
    There's pulp fiction and pulp science fiction, but is there a genre called pulp science nonfiction? If there is, Plait's book certainly qualifies. With a lurid cover in eye-catching, fiery orange (that's the burning asteroid hurtling toward Earth), and a title that screams terror and d...
  • Jill
    Jul 30, 2012
    Came across this book, and it fit in with my current obsession of post-apocalyptic stories. This non-fiction book looks at different ways that stars, asteroids, solar flares, gamma rays, etc., can wreak havoc on our planet. Luckily, most of these are very unlikely to kill us. Plait doe...
  • Andy
    May 27, 2011
    Luckily, my favorite astronomer continues to not let me down. Phillip Plait is a renowned skeptic (former president of the JREF) and astronomy blogger who takes on with much gusto (and success) the mission of bringing science education to as wide an audience as possible. In that spi...
  • Kim
    Feb 09, 2010
    Another fantastic science book for the non rocket scientist. It was a fantastic and slightly terrifying look at what will probably and not so probably destroy us in the end. It might be a supernova or an asteroid or a black hole, but whatever it is, it will be terrifying and hopefully ...
  • D
    Dec 21, 2010
    Death from the Skies!'s nine chapters all follow the same pattern: a brief, moderately sensationalized depiction of an astronomical disaster followed by a somewhat more sober discussion of the event, with an emphasis on how likely and/or subject to mitigation it is. The book more-or-le...
  • Haley
    May 24, 2011
    The book opens up with an average man named Mark, and proceeds to tell about his morning when an asteroid that ends all life on earth comes crashing down. Philip Plait presents some of the scariest end-of-the-world disasters, from supernovas, alien encounters, black holes, and even the...
  • Carol Brannigan
    Jan 31, 2011
    Wow- what a read and what a way to knock humanities hubris down by about 10. This book underlays the fascinating ways that our universe is trying to kill us. It starts with asteroids on up to the end of the entire universe (yes- it is inevitable but not for a very very very long time...
  • Sesana
    May 17, 2011
    A very fascinating subject, presented very nicely. Each potential disaster is given its own chapter, starting with a short, fictionalized worst-case scenario, to show how bad this could really be. And then there's science, written in a very approachable and informative way. There's the...
  • Melki
    Apr 03, 2013
    AAAAAAAA!!! We're all going to die!!!! Well, that's not exactly news. From the moment we're born, Death turns our hourglass and sits twiddling his bony thumbs, waiting as our grains of sand dribble toward the bottom. But...there's a chance, however remote, that... We're going ...
  • Book
    Jan 14, 2012
    Death From The Skies by Philip Plait, Ph.D. ?Death From The Skies" is the entertaining book about how the universe is trying to kill you. Astronomer Dr. Philip Plait, using the latest in astronomical knowledge, takes us on exciting journey through our universe and enlightens us on...
  • Judyta Szaciłło
    Aug 09, 2011
    Where do I start? The book is uneven. I loved it at the beginning, was annoyed and a little bored in the middle only to turn fascinated at the end. It is quite well written, accessible piece of popular science, I admit. But there are serious drawbacks that don't allow me to give thi...
  • Stephen
    Dec 23, 2011
    By anyone's standards, 2011 was a banner year for disasters, with Earth's ful inventory of catastrophes on display. Flooding, earthquakes, tsunamis, volcano eruptions, hurricanes, and tornadoes filled newspaper headlines all year. In the wake of all this, some might be tempted to look ...
  • Dylan Manfredi
    Nov 15, 2015
    Death from the skies is a amazing book written by one of my favorite astronomers, Phillip Plait. The way he writes is great. He often adds humor after generally scary facts really lightens the mood. Let me elaborate on "scary facts". Depending on the kind of person you are you might no...
  • Scot Parker
    Jul 07, 2019
    This was a refreshing addition to the astronomy popular science genre. Plait's writing is smooth and engaging, and he presents his topics in a clear, fascinating, and accessible manner. The theme of this book, obviously, is death from the skies, and it covers a number of different c...
  • Berit Lundqvist
    Jul 28, 2018
    Yesterday night, I was out watching the Blood Moon, a phenomenon wich comes with evil intent, according to several ancient legends. What could be more appropriate when space is coming to get us? And in space, as we all know, no one can hear you scream. Phil Plait has written a ve...
  • Adam Cornish
    Jul 09, 2019
    This is a fantastic introduction to astrophysics and cosmology, two topics of which I know very little. Phil Plait gives a great sense of impending doom at the beginning of each chapter by describing the horrible ways that our world can end, then smoothly transitions into the causes of...
  • Briar Ripley
    Mar 10, 2019
    This was a fun read for me as a not-especially-sciencey layperson with only a very basic education in astronomy; I brushed up on some concepts I'd already encountered, and learned about a few new ones. The prose here is often a little clunky and repetitive, and the writing style often ...