Death by Black Hole: and Other Cosmic Quandaries, by Neil deGrasse Tyson

How unusual to find a page-turner in a collection of essays on astronomy and the cosmos!  Clearly and engagingly, and with more than a touch of humor, Tyson writes about complicated topics for an educated but general audience.  His ability to simplify and explain the most complex concepts is phenomenal.  If you have even a passing interest in the great leaps in knowledge that have occurred in the fields of astronomy and cosmology over the past half-century, this book is for you.  A real keeper!

The author is an astrophysicist with the American Museum of Natural History, where he serves as director of the Hayden Planetarium.  He is also an award-winning columnist for the magazine Natural History.  This book brings together more than forty of his favorite essays.

RATING: * * * * * One of the best books I’ve read
Reviewed by: lw

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