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In a companion volume to Merlin's Tour of the Universe, here is a completely new collection of questions and answers about the cosmos for stargazers of all ages.  Whether waxing about Earth and its environs, the Sun and its stellar siblings, the world of light, physical laws, or galaxies near and far, Merlin--a fictional visitor from Planet Omniscia--is easy to understand, ...more
ebook, 352 pages
Published April 6th 2011 by Main Street Books (first published 1998)
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Colleen
Feb 01, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I enjoyed this book. That's right, it's a science book and I enjoyed reading it. I think anyone with a curious mind would enjoy reading Tyson's explanations of natural phenomena. I learned more than I thought possible about astrophysics. By the end of the book my understanding of gravity, speed of light, time, and energy were greatly expanded; but, at the same time, I experienced muddled thoughts and confusion. I didn't have a discouraged feeling, I was just reminded of how much I haven't learne ...more
Elenakoutsourades
This book opened my eye to space and all of its wonders. Merlin is a great character to answers these questions that people with lingering questions. Merlin is a alien that knows much about space, time and everything in those lines. I recommend this book to anyone who wants to know more about the universe. (also Merlin talks in third person, so if you're not a big fan of third person maybe look for another space question book)
Erica
Nov 05, 2014 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-on-kindle
As a fan of Neil deGrasse Tyson, I was excited to read this book, however it is essentially a "Cosmic Queries" episode of his podcast in written form. He's also answering as an alien named Merlin. I was hoping for something more in-depth.
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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.

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