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“One of today’s best popularizers of science.”—Kirkus Reviews

Loyal readers of the monthly “Universe” essays in Natural History magazine have long recognized Neil deGrasse Tyson’s talent for guiding them through the mysteries of the cosmos with stunning clarity and childlike enthusiasm. Here Tyson compiles his favorite essays across a myriad of cosmic topics. The title essay introduces readers to the physics of black holes by explaining just what would happen to your body if you fell into one, while “Hollywood Nights” assails Hollywood’s feeble efforts to get its night skies right. Tyson is the world’s best-known astrophysicist, and he’s at his best here, as a natural teacher who simplifies the complexities of astrophysics while sharing his infectious excitement for our universe.

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