Earth-Shattering: Violent Supernovas, Galactic Explosions, Biological Mayhem, Nuclear Meltdowns, and Other Hazards to Life in Our Universe




      Earth-Shattering: Violent Supernovas, Galactic Explosions, Biological Mayhem, Nuclear Meltdowns, and Other Hazards to Life in Our Universe
A heart pumping exploration of the biggest explosions in history, from the Big Bang to mysterious activity on Earth and everything in betweenThe overwhelming majority of celestial space is inactive and will remain forever unruffled Similarly, than 90 percent of the universe s 70 billion trillion suns had non attention getting births and are burning through their nuclear fuel in steady, predictable fashion But when cosmic violence does unfold, it changes the very fabric of the universe, with mega explosions and ripple effects that reach the near limits of human comprehension From colliding galaxies to solar storms, and gamma ray bursts to space and time warping upheavals, these moments are rare yet powerful, often unseen but consequentially felt Likewise, here on Earth, existence as we know it is fragile, always vulnerable to hazards both natural and manufactured As we ve learned from textbooks and witnessed in Hollywood blockbusters, existential threats such as biological disasters, asteroid impacts, and climate upheavals have the all too real power to instantaneously transform our routine centered lives into total chaos, or much worse While we might be helpless to stop these catastrophes whether they originate on our own planet or in the farthest reaches of space the science behind such cataclysmic forces is as fascinating as their results can be devastating In Earth Shattering, astronomy writer Bob Berman guides us through an epic, all inclusive investigation into these instances of violence both mammoth and microscopic From the sudden creation of dazzling new stars to the furiously explosive birth of our moon, from the uncomfortable truth about ultra high energy cosmic rays bombarding us to the incredible ways in which humanity has harnessed cataclysmic energy for its gain, Berman masterfully synthesizes some of our worst fears into an astonishing portrait of the universe that promises to transform the way we look at the world s around us In the spirit of Neil deGrasse Tyson and Carlo Rovelli, what emerges is a rollicking, profound, and even humbling exploration of all the things that can go bump in the night. New Download eBook Earth-Shattering: Violent Supernovas, Galactic Explosions, Biological Mayhem, Nuclear Meltdowns, and Other Hazards to Life in Our Universe By Bob Berman – heartforum.co.uk

Bob Berman is one of America s top astronomy writers For many years, he wrote the popular Night Watchman column for Discover magazine He is currently a columnist for Astronomy magazine and a host on NPR s Northeast Public Radio, and he is the science editor of the Old Farmer s Almanac.

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      Earth-Shattering: Violent Supernovas, Galactic Explosions, Biological Mayhem, Nuclear Meltdowns, and Other Hazards to Life in Our Universe
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  • Hardcover
  • 320 pages
  • Earth-Shattering: Violent Supernovas, Galactic Explosions, Biological Mayhem, Nuclear Meltdowns, and Other Hazards to Life in Our Universe
  • Bob Berman
  • 10 October 2018
  • 0316511358

10 thoughts on “ Earth-Shattering: Violent Supernovas, Galactic Explosions, Biological Mayhem, Nuclear Meltdowns, and Other Hazards to Life in Our Universe

  1. Pamela says:

    The publisher sent me an advance copy of this book in exchange for my writing a review Bob Berman s new book Earth Shattering Violent Supernovas, Galactic Explosions, Biological Mayhem, Nuclear Meltdowns, and Other Hazards to Life in Our Universe was written with people like me in mind We re the ones who love disaster flicks and apocalyptic novels where meteorites hit the earth or someone drops a petri dish that may wipe out the human population It s not that we re ghouls or even that we The publisher sent me an advance copy of this book in exchange for my writing a review Bob Berman s new book Earth Shattering Violent Supernovas, Galactic Explosions, Biological Mayhem, Nuclear Meltdowns, and Other Hazards to Life in Our Universe was written with people like me in mind We re the ones who love disaster flicks and apocalyptic novels where meteorites hit the earth or someone drops a petri dish that may wipe out the human population It s not tha...

  2. Peter (Pete) Mcloughlin says:

    I was advanced this book by the publisher I enjoyed I have read physics books, astronomy books, books on nuclear power and weapons This book combines this under things that explode be they stars and planets, or colliding galaxies, to meteors, solar flares or human made cataclysms like nuclear power plants and thermonuclear weapons I liked it definitely has an appeal to the kid in people, that is fascinated by things that exp...

  3. Steve says:

    A fun look at cataclysmsThis book is about destruction So it takes a real talent like Bob Berman to write an entertaining and informative science book on the subject No matter how technical the subject Berman explains the science well, in a conversational tone and with a sense of humor When he speaks to galactic cataclysms, I can sense his joy in the subject matter However, when he turns to human made cataclysms, his sorrow is equally there, but this is not a large part of the book This is A fun look at cataclysmsThis book is about destruction So it takes a real talent like Bob Berman to write an entertaining and informative science book on the subject No matter how technical the subject Berman explains the science well, in a conversational tone and with a sense of humor When he speaks to galactic cataclysms, I can sense his joy in the subject matter However, w...

  4. Realms & Robots says:

    The epic history of the universe, and our planet, is delved into with great care by Bob Berman in his new volume Earth Shattering Violent Supernovas, Galactic Explosions, Biological Mayhem, Nuclear Meltdowns, and Other Hazards to Life in Our Universe a title I will only fully write out this one time The book is eye opening to say the least and is chock full of everything you d ever want to know about the universe, Earth, and the possible events that could lead to our demise There s a lot to The epic history of the universe, and our planet, is delved into with great care by Bob Berman in his new volume Earth Shattering Violent Supernovas, Galactic Explosions, Biological Mayhem, Nuclear Meltdowns, and Other Hazards to Life in Our Universe a title I will only fully write out this one time The book is eye opening to say the least ...

  5. Skylar says:

    The first part of this book is on astrophysical catastrophes that can impact earth The second half of the book meanders through human, biological, and environmental catastrophes, before inexplicably ending up back in astrophysical territory The book was well researched and well written, but could have done with someediting For those wantingreading in the vein of civilization ending catastrophes, I would recommend Isaac Asimov s A Choice of Catastrophes, which is organized into The first part of this book is on astrophysical catastrophes that can impact earth The second half of the book meanders through human, biological, and environmental catastrophes, before inexplicably ending up back in astrophysical territory The book was well researched and well written, but could have done with someediting For those wantingreading in the vein of civili...

  6. Brian says:

    A science book the cleverly uses human interest in catastrophes to teach about science, the universe and how things work Another in a long line of popular science books where I ll retain less than 1% but increase my appreciation for how complex and amazing life and science are Lost a star for venturing into speculative catastrophes what if we don t all do exactly what liberals say and adopt global warming projections and recommendations It could be a catastrophe which is ironic for a A science book the cleverly uses human interest in catastrophes to teach about science, the universe and how things work Another in a long line of popular science books where I ll retain less than 1% but increase my appreciation for how complex and amazing life and science are Lost a star for venturing into speculative catastrophes what if we don t all do exactly what liberals say and adopt global warming projections and recomme...

  7. Maggie Eisenberger says:

    Lots of fun analysis of major hazards both from space and home grown The scientific explanations are accessible to anyone with a strong basic education in science and had enough new information to hold my interest My only complaint is that there was virtually no coverage of the climate ...

  8. Myra says:

    Somewhere in the 3.5 to 4 range Berman does a good job of discussing some of the many ways past, present, or future that the earth and the universe are in danger or have been impacted by cataclysmic events I did feel that he spent too much time on some of the items while ba...

  9. John Peel says:

    As you can probably gather from the title, this is a book about catastrophies pretty much anything that might end our lives here on this small, blue planet The scientific basics are clearly expounded, and there s a surprising amount of rather dry wit in the telling This...

  10. Suzyq says:

    Disappointingly shallow book about potentially fascinating subjects While I assume the writer understands the science well himself, he keeps the content so light and breezy that the book reads like a collection of short blog posts rather than the meatier science writing I was hoping for.

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