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Death from the Skies! by Philip Plait
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Jul 24, 2011

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bookshelves: 21st-century-non-fiction, science
Read in September, 2011

I thought I was in the mood to read a science book when I started this but unfortuantely I wasn't and so I didn't enjoy it as much as I thought I would. It was quite an interesting premise, the science of the end of the world, looking at the different ways the world or human life could be destroyed by cosmic events. When it was at it's best was when it stuck to this premise but all too often it seemed to digress into basic facts about the universe and the solar system, on the assumption you knew nothing, so I skipped those parts. For the destruction it was quite interesting, I particularly enjoyed reading about Gamma Ray Bursts. But for the main ideas of astronomy I found I got a bit bored as it was all things I'd heard before and I much prefer Brian Cox, Carl Sagan or Brian Greene explaining things. An interesting idea for a book that was unfortunately executed a bit too simply.
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