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Death by Black Hole by Neil deGrasse Tyson
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Apr 06, 12

bookshelves: 2012
Read from March 19 to 29, 2012

Death by Black Hole provides an accessible and conversational introduction to the principles of astrophysics and the major problems/unknowns in the field today. The earlier essays are helpful, because they introduce the reader to basic concepts like the importance of constants or methods of measurement. The later essays delve into topics like how the universe began or the relationship between science and religion. Tyson is good at explaining this stuff, but I still felt overwhelmed by the volume of information. There's some repetition throughout the book, but I actually liked that, since it drove home the important points. Tyson is also noted for his humor, but I found him a touch grating. To his complaints about the many astrophysical errors to be found in major Hollywood movies, I say "get over it."
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