January 19th, 2010

Nightmare Night Applejack

Book #1: Death by Black Hole - Neil deGrasse Tyson

Death By Black Hole Death By Black Hole by Neil deGrasse Tyson (audible.com)

My rating: 5 of 5 stars
It's not just about black holes, or even just space! I think the best way to describe this is as a Cosmos-type book. There's a lot of history of science in it, as well as descriptions of the universe. It's diverse in what it covers, and yet it all is well bound up with science. If you liked Cosmos, give Death by Black Hole a read.

Neil deGrasse Tyson is an astrophysicist and is currently the director of the Hayden Planetarium and the American Museum of Natural History in New York. You may have seen him on any number of television shows, such as History Channel's "The Universe," "The Colbert Report" and PBS's "Nova Science Now," the latter of which he hosts. He is probably the leading science communicator of the day since Carl Sagan's death.

I listened to the Blackstone audiobook version from Audible.com, narrated by Dion Graham, who really managed to capture Dr. Tyson's style.

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