Cosmic Queries: StarTalk's Guide to Who We Are, How We Got Here, and Where We're Going

Cosmic Queries: StarTalk's Guide to Who We Are, How We Got Here, and Where We're Going

by Neil deGrasse Tyson, James Trefil

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Overview

In this thought-provoking follow-up to his acclaimed StarTalk book, uber astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson tackles the world's most important philosophical questions about the universe with wit, wisdom, and cutting-edge science.
For science geeks, space and physics nerds, and all who want to understand their place in the universe, this enlightening new book from Neil deGrasse Tyson offers a unique take on the mysteries and curiosities of the cosmos, building on rich material from his beloved StarTalk podcast.
In these illuminating pages, illustrated with dazzling photos and revealing graphics, Tyson and co-author James Trefil, a renowned physicist and science popularizer, take on the big questions that humanity has been posing for millennia—How did life begin? What is our place in the universe? Are we alone?—and provide answers based on the most current data, observations, and theories.
Populated with paradigm-shifting discoveries that help explain the building blocks of astrophysics, this relatable and entertaining book will engage and inspire readers of all ages, bring sophisticated concepts within reach, and offer a window into the complexities of the cosmos.
For all who loved National Geographic's StarTalk with Neil deGrasse Tyson, Cosmos: Possible Worlds, and Space Atlas, this new book will take them on more journeys into the wonders of the universe and beyond.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781426221774
Publisher: National Geographic
Publication date: 03/02/2021
Pages: 312
Sales rank: 5,462
Product dimensions: 6.20(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.30(d)
Age Range: 12 - 18 Years

About the Author

Legendary astrophysicist NEIL DEGRASSE TYSON is the host of the popular podcast StarTalk Radio and Emmy award-winning National Geographic Channel shows StarTalk and Cosmos. He earned his BA in physics from Harvard and his Ph.D. in astrophysics from Columbia. The author of more than a dozen books, including the best-selling Astrophysics for People in a Hurry, Tyson is the first Frederick P. Rose Director of the Hayden Planetarium. He lives in New York City with his wife and two children. Facebook: Neil deGrasse Tyson. Instagram: @neildegrassetyson. Twitter: @neiltyson.
JAMES TREFIL, Clarence J. Robinson Professor of Physics at George Mason University, is internationally recognized not only as a distinguished scientist but also as an expert in making complex scientific ideas understandable. He is the author of numerous magazine articles and books on science for the general public, including both editions of National Geographic's highly successful Space Atlas. He lives in Fairfax, Virginia, with his wife.

Table of Contents

Author's Note 9

Introduction 11

Chapter 1 What Is Our Place in the Universe? 12

Chapter 2 How Do We Know What We Know? 38

Chapter 3 How Did the Universe Get to Be This Way? 72

Chapter 4 How Old Is the Universe? 98

Chapter 5 What Is the Universe Made Of? 126

Chapter 6 What Is Life? 152

Chapter 7 Are We Alone in the Universe? 180

Chapter 8 How Did It All Begin? 212

Chapter 9 How Will It All End? 236

Chapter 10 What Does Nothing Have to Do With Everything? 264

Acknowledgments 293

Further Reading 295

Illustrations Credits 299

Index 303

About the Authors 311

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