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Is the End of the World Near?: From Crackpot Predictions to Scientific Scenarios

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For many centuries, people around the world have been predicting the world coming to an end. Often, these prophesies are said to have roots in science; others are based on religious or mythic beliefs. This book will take a broad look at theories of catastrophism, investigating historic theories of the end of the world, fake science related thereto, and the real science of ...more
Hardcover, 120 pages
Published October 1st 2011 by Twenty-First Century Books (CT)
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Nov 20, 2011 Brandy rated it really liked it
Most major religions have predictions about the end of the world; the Mayans may have provided a date. But many of the proposed end-of-the-world scenarios are unrealistic, or are at least are millions of years off. Ron Miller separates the honest threats from pseudoscientific theory, and somehow both assuages our fears and gives us brand-new ones we'd never considered.

The writing is at a middle-school level, which is fantastic because there's really nothing else written at this level on the topi
Ron Miller’s new book is an examination of a subject that has fascinated humankind seemingly from the beginning of the world. Intended for a Young Adult audience, he starts by covering a variety of End of World (EOW) scenarios from mythology, religion and popular culture.
2012 is covered from both the Mayan perspective and the Niburu contingent. Also covered are various pseudoscientific theories such as planetary alignment and gravity shifts. In each of these cases, Miller is very straightforw
Aug 31, 2011 Kristin rated it it was amazing
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The end of the world is always best experienced in a book, and Is the End of the World Near? lets you experience all sorts of endings. It is especially engaging, thorough, and well organized. It takes an academic approach that creates a cool headed tone for what could otherwise be a controversial subject. Perspectives from history, religion, astronomy, environmental studies, and sociology are included. The topic is fascinating and original for this age group and the writing crystal clear – I lov ...more
Edward Sullivan
See my forthcoming review in Kirkus.
We’re here, everyone. The year 2012. I’ve been hearing for years that the Mayans prophesied the end of the world on December 21, 2012, because that’s when their long-count calendar ended. Nevermind the recent developments about archaeologists discovering Mayan calendars that go past that date. There have also been the recent predictions of the Rapture, a slew of new books about the apocalypse and post-apocalyptic scenarios, and movies about the Earth ending in a variety of ways. It seems that th ...more
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Aug 16, 2014 Liz B rated it really liked it
Outstanding example of nonfiction for young teenagers. Each chapter could be read independently, but they work together seamlessly as well. Ultimately it's kind of scary, with the real-world possibilities of disaster. I think middle schoolers (especially boys) will love it.
Jul 12, 2016 Teresa rated it liked it
This is a young reader book, but it has some interesting facts on end of the world theories and predictions.
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Ron Miller is an illustrator and author living in South Boston, Virginia. Before becoming a freelance illustrator in 1977, Miller was art director for the National Air & Space Museum's Albert Einstein Planetarium. Prior to this he was a commercial advertising illustrator. His primary work today entails the writing and illustration of books specializing in astronomical, astronautical and scienc ...more
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