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Death by Black Hole by Neil deGrasse Tyson
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Jun 24, 2008

really liked it
bookshelves: read-science, read-non-fiction, x-feb-08-thru-jan-09
Read in July, 2008

I was smitten with Neil deGrasse Tyson from the first column I read in the Natural History magazine, supported a little later by his shows on PBS. Although I doubt I'll ever get anywhere with astrophysics, being of a decidedly unscientific mind, I thoroughly enjoy the "cosmic quandaries" that Tyson discusses in such a succinct and reasonable way. He has a down-to-earth charm as he discusses out-of-this-world topics:
"… if the Sun were pure yellow, then the snow would look yellow – whether or not it fell near fire hydrants."
"On Venus you could cook a 16-inch pepperoni pizza in seven seconds, just by holding it out to the air. (Yes, I did the math.)"

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