"Our feeblest contemplations of the Cosmos stir us -- there is a tingling in the spine, a catch in the voice, a faint sensation, as if a distant memory, of falling from a height. We know we are approaching the greatest of mysteries." - Carl Sagan, Cosmos
Death by Black Hole and Other Cosmic Quandaries by Neil DeGrasse Tyson
Death by Black Hole brings you well known astrophysicist Neil DeGrasse Tyson's favorite essays on the universe and our understanding of the cosmos. DeGrasse Tyson is a sort of astronomy superstar, having appeared on shows such as The Colbert Report and The Daily Show with Jon Stewart. This collection of essays, many from his monthly column in Natural History, showcases his signature humor and ability to make complex concepts accessible to general readers. "Seeing Isn't Believing" is a personal favorite; it chronicles the many, many ways astrophysicists have been wrong about our universe prompting DeGrasse Tyson to wonder "whether there's an ongoing conspiracy designed to embarrass astrophysicists."
Read DeGrasse Tyson's works, then follow his twitter feed. You won't be disappointed.
Secrets of the Universe: How We Discovered the Cosmos by Paul Murdin
Highlighting discoveries that changed the course of history, Secrets of the Universe: How We Discovered the Cosmos, is the perfect introduction to the world of astronomy. Chapters are arranged by type of discovery and feature wonderful color images, including satellite photography and historic prints and paintings.
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