Knockout Narratives Sale
 
 

Special Offers see all

Enter to WIN a $100 Credit

Subscribe to PowellsBooks.news
for a chance to win.
Privacy Policy

Visit our stores


    Recently Viewed clear list


    The Powell's Playlist | February 2, 2015

    Irvine Welsh: IMG The Powell’s Playlist: Irvine Welsh



    When I started writing The Sex Lives of Siamese Twins, I went through my usual routine of making a music playlist to immerse myself in and help me... Continue »

    spacer
Qualifying orders ship free.
$10.50
Used Hardcover
Ships in 1 to 3 days
Add to Wishlist
Qty Store Section
1 Burnside Astronomy- General

More copies of this ISBN

Death from the Skies!: These Are the Ways the World Will End...

by

Death from the Skies!: These Are the Ways the World Will End... Cover

ISBN13: 9780670019977
ISBN10: 0670019976
Condition: Standard
Dustjacket: Standard
All Product Details

Only 1 left in stock at $10.50!

 

Staff Pick

Forget about the paranoid hysteria of 2012. Here are the ways the earth will really die. From extinction-event comets slamming into the planet to the inevitable death of the sun, astronomer Philip Platt covers the most likely futures for this little ball of cosmic dust we call home. And he explores not just the eventual end of the earth and the sun, but of the Milky Way, as well, and the entire universe. What should we really fear? What do we worry about too much? What might we just have to accept? Platt covers it all in Death from the Skies! with his signature insight and humor.
Recommended by John C., Powells.com

Synopses & Reviews

Publisher Comments:

A lively astronomy primer that uses cataclysmic scenarios to explain the universe?s most fascinating events.

According to astronomer Philip Plait, the universe is an apocalypse waiting to happen But how much do we really need to fear from things like black holes, gamma-ray bursts, and supernovae? And if we should be scared, is there anything we can do to save ourselves? With humor and wit, Plait details the myriad doomsday events that the cosmos could send our way to destroy our planet and life as we know it. This authoritative yet accessible study is the ultimate astronomy lesson.

Combining fascinating?and often alarming?scenarios that seem plucked from science fiction with the latest research and opinions, Plait illustrates why outer space is not as remote as most people think. Each chapter explores a different phenomenon, explaining it in easy-to-understand terms, and considering how life on earth and the planet itself would be affected should the event come to pass. Rather than sensationalizing the information, Plait analyzes the probability of these catastrophes occurring in our lifetimes and what we can do to stop them. With its entertaining tone and enlightening explanation of unfathomable concepts, Death from the Skies! will appeal to science buffs and beginners alike.

Review:

"Plait, an astronomer and author of the popular Web site badastronomy.com, presents 'in loving detail' the many, many ways the human race could die, from temperature extremes and poisonous atmosphere to asteroid impacts and supernovae explosions. Such a state of destruction existed some 65 million years ago, when a giant meteoroid struck Earth, sending up so much flaming debris that 'the whole planet caught fire' and the dinosaurs were wiped out. Solar flare activity could bring on another Ice Age. Worse yet would be a gamma ray burster, a collapsed star whose radiation would be comparable to detonating 'a one-megaton nuclear bomb over every square mile of the planet.' Plait discusses insatiable black holes, the death of the Sun and cannibal galaxies — including our own. Balancing his doomsday scenarios with enthusiastic and clear explanations of the science behind each, Plait offers a surprisingly educational and enjoyable astronomical horror show, including a table listing the extremely low odds of each event occurring. He gives readers a good scare, and then puts it in context. Illus." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)

Synopsis:

According to astronomer Plait, the universe is an apocalypse waiting to happen. With humor and wit, Plait details the myriad doomsday events that the cosmos could inflict to destroy the planet and life in general.

Synopsis:

With wit, humor, and an infectious love of astronomy that could win over even the science-phobic, this fun and fascinating book reminds us that outer space is anything but remote. The scientist behind the popular website badastronomy.com, Philip Plait presents some of the most fearsome end-of-the-world calamities (for instance, incoming asteroids and planet-swallowing black holes), demystifies the scientific principles at work behind them, and gives us the odds that any of them will step out of the realm of sci-fi to disrupt our quiet corner of the cosmos. The result is a book that is both terrifying and entertaining?a tour of the violent universe we live in, written with an enthusiasm that every stargazer will appreciate.

About the Author

Philip Plait, PhD., is a renowned astronomer with more than two decades of professional experience. His articles have appeared in Astronomy, Muse, and The Boston Globe. He has appeared on national television many times, including on the Sci-Fi Channe‛s Countdown to Doomsday.

Table of Contents

Death From the Skies! Introduction

Chapter 1. Target Earth: Asteroid and Comet Impacts

Chapter 2. Sunburn

Chapter 3. The Stellar Fury of Supernovae

Chapter 4. Cosmic Blowtorches: Gamma-Ray Bursts

Chapter 5. The Bottomless Pits of Black Holes

Chapter 6. Alien Attack!

Chapter 7. The Death of the Sun

Chapter 8. Bright Lights, Big Galaxy

Chapter 9. The End of Everything

Epilogue. What, Me Worry?

Acknowledgments

Appendix

Index

What Our Readers Are Saying

Add a comment for a chance to win!
Average customer rating based on 2 comments:

crowyhead, January 13, 2009 (view all comments by crowyhead)
Phil Plait, the author of the blog "Bad Astronomy" (and of the book by the same name), takes a humorous yet scientifically accurate look at all the ways the world could be destroyed. From asteroid impact to black holes to the death of the universe, Plait discusses the likelihood of each occurrence and the theories and science behind them. The author never fails to have a sense of humor, and this is a great layperson's book about the workings of the universe. As in his blog, Plait never assumes that the reader is stupid -- you might be ill-informed, and you might need some help understanding complicated scientific concepts, but you are not dumb. The result is a book that's both entertaining and brain-stretching. Highly recommended.
Was this comment helpful? | Yes | No
(1 of 3 readers found this comment helpful)
Found Highways, December 5, 2008 (view all comments by Found Highways)
In Death from the Skies! These Are the Ways the World Will End . . ., Philip Plait starts small, then progresses to mega-disasters, showing that “the Universe is . . . trying to kill everybody.” He reminds us that the word “disaster” originally meant “bad star” to the Romans. The Romans may have meant it in an astrological sense, but many of the Ways the World Will End do come from stellar phenomena.

The global extinction events Plait covers include: asteroid impacts, coronal mass ejections from the Sun, supernovae, gamma-ray bursts from exploding stars called “hypernovae,” black holes eating the Earth (the details of this scenario are really fascinating in a ghoulish way), and alien attack.

This book also makes it clear how unimaginative recent disaster movies (Independence Day, The Day After Tomorrow, War of the Worlds, Deep Impact, Armageddon) have been. The wave of end-of-the-world films we're about to endure (including an unnecessary remake of The Day the Earth Stood Still and who knows how many movies tied to the “Mayan Calendar” and the year 2012) doesn't promise much more originality.

We love these scary stories, but as Plait asks, “What horror movie is still scary once the lights are on?”

Was this comment helpful? | Yes | No
(32 of 64 readers found this comment helpful)
View all 2 comments

Product Details

ISBN:
9780670019977
Subtitle:
These Are the Ways the World Will End . . .
Author:
Plait, Philip
Author:
Plait, Ph. D.
Author:
Plait, Ph.D., Philip
Publisher:
Viking Adult
Subject:
Astrophysics & Space Science
Subject:
Astronomy - General
Subject:
End of the world (Astronomy)
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Hardback
Publication Date:
20081016
Binding:
Hardback
Grade Level:
from 12
Language:
English
Illustrations:
b/w photos throughout
Pages:
336
Dimensions:
8.50x5.54x1.14 in. .98 lbs.
Age Level:
from 18

Other books you might like

  1. Wesley the Owl: The Remarkable Love...
    Used Trade Paper $7.95
  2. Still: Cowboys at the Start of the... New Hardcover $45.95
  3. The White Tiger
    Used Trade Paper $5.50
  4. The Wordy Shipmates
    Used Trade Paper $5.50
  5. The Whale Warriors: The Battle at... Used Hardcover $4.95
  6. Speaker for the Dead (Ender Wiggins...
    Used Trade Paper $8.95

Related Subjects


Science and Mathematics » Astronomy » General
Science and Mathematics » Physics » Astrophysics

Death from the Skies!: These Are the Ways the World Will End... Used Hardcover
0 stars - 0 reviews
$10.50 In Stock
Product details 336 pages Viking Books - English 9780670019977 Reviews:
"Staff Pick" by ,

Forget about the paranoid hysteria of 2012. Here are the ways the earth will really die. From extinction-event comets slamming into the planet to the inevitable death of the sun, astronomer Philip Platt covers the most likely futures for this little ball of cosmic dust we call home. And he explores not just the eventual end of the earth and the sun, but of the Milky Way, as well, and the entire universe. What should we really fear? What do we worry about too much? What might we just have to accept? Platt covers it all in Death from the Skies! with his signature insight and humor.

"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "Plait, an astronomer and author of the popular Web site badastronomy.com, presents 'in loving detail' the many, many ways the human race could die, from temperature extremes and poisonous atmosphere to asteroid impacts and supernovae explosions. Such a state of destruction existed some 65 million years ago, when a giant meteoroid struck Earth, sending up so much flaming debris that 'the whole planet caught fire' and the dinosaurs were wiped out. Solar flare activity could bring on another Ice Age. Worse yet would be a gamma ray burster, a collapsed star whose radiation would be comparable to detonating 'a one-megaton nuclear bomb over every square mile of the planet.' Plait discusses insatiable black holes, the death of the Sun and cannibal galaxies — including our own. Balancing his doomsday scenarios with enthusiastic and clear explanations of the science behind each, Plait offers a surprisingly educational and enjoyable astronomical horror show, including a table listing the extremely low odds of each event occurring. He gives readers a good scare, and then puts it in context. Illus." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
"Synopsis" by , According to astronomer Plait, the universe is an apocalypse waiting to happen. With humor and wit, Plait details the myriad doomsday events that the cosmos could inflict to destroy the planet and life in general.
"Synopsis" by ,
With wit, humor, and an infectious love of astronomy that could win over even the science-phobic, this fun and fascinating book reminds us that outer space is anything but remote. The scientist behind the popular website badastronomy.com, Philip Plait presents some of the most fearsome end-of-the-world calamities (for instance, incoming asteroids and planet-swallowing black holes), demystifies the scientific principles at work behind them, and gives us the odds that any of them will step out of the realm of sci-fi to disrupt our quiet corner of the cosmos. The result is a book that is both terrifying and entertaining?a tour of the violent universe we live in, written with an enthusiasm that every stargazer will appreciate.

spacer
spacer
  • back to top

FOLLOW US ON...

     
Powell's City of Books is an independent bookstore in Portland, Oregon, that fills a whole city block with more than a million new, used, and out of print books. Shop those shelves — plus literally millions more books, DVDs, and gifts — here at Powells.com.