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Death by Black Hole by Neil deGrasse Tyson

Some things are just really difficult to teach. Black holes. Spectrographic analysis. Astrophysical plasmas. These subjects don’t fly into the mainstream mainly due to their own complexity and unseen indirect connection to our daily lives.

So how does Neil deGrasse Tyson do it? How does he takes these erudite, complex subjects and theories and make them so appealing and accessible?

I think the answer is simple. One, deGrasse Tyson is incredibly smart. Two, and I think more importantly, he is incredibly passionate and extremely enthusiastic.

Think back on your days in school, who was your favorite teacher/professor? It probably wasn’t the one with the highest IQ, it was most likely the one that emoted their excitement.

If you have any interest in the cosmos, this book is for you. If you have ever wondered how we know the temperature of certain stars, or how we know the distance of certain galaxies, then this book is for you. If you seek facts and wonderment, this book is for you.

This book is a great book.