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Merlin's Tour of the Universe

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Merlin, a fictional visitor from the Andromeda Galaxy, Planet Omniscia, has been friends with many of the most important scientific figures of the past including Kepler, da Vinci, Magellan, Doppler, Einstein and Hubble. In this delightful tour of the galaxies, Merlin often recounts his conversations with these historical figures in his responses to popular astronomy questi ...more
Paperback, 318 pages
Published July 14th 1997 by Main Street Books (first published 1989)
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Amanda
Apr 22, 2013 Amanda rated it it was amazing
What if you could ask a wizard questions about the universe? He would answer every question in language young and old could appreciate, complete with illustrations.
Neil de Grasse Tyson is " Merlin " for the purpose of this book and answers questions people have written to Merlin. The address is included in the book if there is still something you want to ask.
Why do stars twinkle, and planets don't? What would happen if the Earth suddenly stopped rotating? If the sun disappeared, how much time
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SAPL Christina
Nov 29, 2014 SAPL Christina rated it liked it
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Random science stuff. Big ideas. Universe. Q&A. Huh? What? Run that by me again. Whoa. Okay. Wow.
Thiago Costa
Dec 23, 2016 Thiago Costa rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Esse é um livro para ler várias e várias vezes! Apesar de antigo (anos 80/90) muitas coisas ainda são atuais. Complementando com o novo Cosmos é sensacional!
Joran Wauters
Feb 15, 2014 Joran Wauters rated it liked it
Let me start off by saying that the question & answer format was really appealing to me. There is definitely need for that, not only in the field of astronomy. The questions are the type of questions you're "forced" to answer when you tell your friends 'that you know a thing or two about astronomy' late at night in a bar. As the introduction stated, the book isn't a primer or some sort of tutorial, so keep that in mind.

The answers are really well written and, most importantly for this book,
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Kim Roenfeldt
Dec 27, 2013 Kim Roenfeldt rated it liked it
This is an interesting book that tackles lots of questions dealing with the universe. It is a little dated, but I enjoyed it. My issue with the book is that, at times, it is assumed that you already understand certain aspects of astrophysics. There were sections dealing with quasars, pulsars, etc. and I've never studied astrophysics, so I don't really know what those are, and the book did not explain them. "Merlin" answered questions people had about them, but I would have enjoyed a quick paragr ...more
Trevor
Jul 25, 2012 Trevor rated it it was amazing
This book is written from the perspective of Merlin, some kind of all knowing person from the other side of the galaxy (something like that). He's not important.

What is important is all of the crazy, amazing things you learn and think about over the course this reading(that is, if you can manage to put aside your ego long enough).
David
Jan 10, 2014 David rated it really liked it
Tyson is always fun to read, and he makes many difficult concepts easier to understand. There are a few times when he gets so carried away with his answer he doesn't really answer what was asked (but the questions are often irrelevant to what he is explaining, anyway).

And a very quick read.
Renato Guerra
Apr 07, 2009 Renato Guerra rated it really liked it
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I learn a lot from this book. I was a curious little child and thanks to this book I start my interest in science (that remains to this day). A lot of questions by adults and childs about the space and beyond are answered by Merlin (a visitor from the stars). Highly reccomended to all ages readers!
Amandee
Sep 09, 2014 Amandee rated it it was ok
Ok, possibly I'm not the targeted audience -- but I found this book to be boring, dry, and bland. I love you Tyson, but definitely expected more. Hoping your other books will be more of what I needed.
Jherane Patmore
May 09, 2013 Jherane Patmore rated it it was amazing
Really fun and entertaining book. It's extremely light in writing, but heavy with facts. It's wonderful that anyone of any age/education level can read this without becoming bored. I'd recommend this book to any Space Enthusiast.
Abner Huertas
Feb 21, 2015 Abner Huertas rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I was looking for a book with the Q&A format until I found this one. I really enjoyed the way Neil answers each question with a little humour but conscience and direct.
Robin LeBlanc
Feb 17, 2012 Robin LeBlanc rated it it was amazing
This was AMAZING morning reading for me. A few quick facts to start the day worked wonders. Tyson is an amazing writer with a true passion for his work.
Mike
Jan 03, 2013 Mike rated it really liked it
good book overall - older and so therefore some of the entries are outdated, but NtG's writing is amazing :)
Lauren
Dec 28, 2007 Lauren rated it really liked it
Very informative review of the stars, the sun, the galaxies, the universe, and all the matter in between.
Shayla Williams
Dec 09, 2013 Shayla Williams rated it it was amazing
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This book is AWESOME! It's written as a collection of questions written to and answered by "Merlin." I can't wait for my niece to be just a little bit older so I can share this gem with her!
Rachel Wicker
Jan 23, 2017 Rachel Wicker rated it it was amazing
This is a very easy read! A nice introduction to astrophysics.
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Neil deGrasse Tyson was born and raised in New York City where he was educated in the public schools clear through his graduation from the Bronx High School of Science. Tyson went on to earn his BA in Physics from Harvard and his PhD in Astrophysics from Columbia.

Tyson's professional research interests are broad, but include star formation, exploding stars, dwarf galaxies, and the structure of our
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