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  1. #31
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    There's a question on JREF forum about whether BA's book tour will be bringing him to Oz.

  2. #32
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    Amazon product details

    Six 5-star reviews. Two more 4-star.

    Amazon.com Sales Rank: #1,119 in Books

    #2 in Books > Professional & Technical > Professional Science > Astronomy > Astrophysics & Space Science
    #2 in Books > Science > Astronomy > Astrophysics & Space Science
    #5 in Books > Science > Physics
    Amazon: The most popular items in Astrophysics & Space Science

    1. Icarus at the Edge of Time
    by Brian Greene (Author) [worthy competition]

    2. Death from the Skies!: These Are the Ways the World Will End . . .
    by Ph.D., Philip Plait (Author) [our hero, but a weird attribution]

    3. Dark Mission: The Secret History of NASA
    by Richard C. Hoagland (Author), Mike Bara (Author) [just plain weird]

    4. The Universe in a Nutshell
    by Stephen William Hawking (Author) [worthy competition]

    5. The Elegant Universe: Superstrings, Hidden Dimensions, and the Quest for the Ultimate Theory
    by Brian Greene (Author) [2 out of 5; hogging the shelf]
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    Skepticism enables us to distinguish fancy from fact, to test our speculations. --Carl Sagan

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    Discover Magazine: Ten Ways the World Will End

    The universe is trying to kill us. In Death From the Skies! our own Bad Astronomer, Phil Plait, counts the ways the world will end. Start worrying in a few million years about a cosmic dust collision, when the sun hits the closest spiral arm of our galaxy. Take your chances with an exploding star. Or manage to escape these threats, and you just get an extra 1035 years before all matter decays anyway.
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    Skepticism enables us to distinguish fancy from fact, to test our speculations. --Carl Sagan

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    Phil Plait was interviewed by the local (Atlanta) public radio station, hawking his book. Good to see the locals take an interest in such things.

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    I wanna know if this book could be shipped abroad. I earger to have one.

  6. #36
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    Quote Originally Posted by susan12 View Post
    I wanna know if this book could be shipped abroad. I earger to have one.
    Amazon has it listed, here, and I know they ship internationally.

    ...and welcome to the board.
    The facts, gentlemen, and nothing but the facts, for careful eyes are narrowly watching. Isaac Asimov

  7. #37
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    This thread is 5 years old. I thought Phil had written a new one. How did you even find this? It must have been buried 100 pages back. 'Death from the Skies' sounds like just the sort of thing needed to promote astronomy. I said as much in a thread about using fear to advertise. Haven't read it yet. Sounds pretty scary. Hard to imagine a universe with no humans in it. I mean I can imagine it but doing so really creeps me out. No doubt other life forms will evolve intelligence like ours and even surpass us but by the time they discover our world it will be devoid of any trace of our existence. All of our history and achievements washed away by time. Kind of makes life seem rather pointless.

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    Just noticed your sig..that has got to be a "first".
    The facts, gentlemen, and nothing but the facts, for careful eyes are narrowly watching. Isaac Asimov

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