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Pages: 224
Subject: Popular Science
Imprint: Oneworld


Nine Strange Ways the World Could End

David Darling, Dirk Schulze-Makuch

Discover the mind-boggling science of the coming apocalypse!
9781851689477 (4 Oct 2012)
RRP £7.99 / US$15.00

The Book

Which will get us first? The supervolcano in Yellowstone National Park? An asteroid hurtling through outer space? Black holes from CERN gobbling up the solar system? An army of deranged nanobots? Or – who knows – alien invasion?


Armed with lavish illustrations and their one-of-a-kind “Catastrophometer”, Dr David Darling and Dr Dirk Schulze-Makuch introduce the disasters you never saw coming, unpicking the science that makes them genuine possibilities, and providing everything from survival tips to danger ratings. So sit back, face the inevitable, and discover the delights of the nine oddest ways the world could end.

Additional Information

Subject Popular Science
Pages 224
Imprint Oneworld


About the Author

Dr David Darling is an astronomer, freelance science writer, and creator of one of the most popular online encyclopedias of space and astrobiology. He is the author of the bestselling Equations of Eternity. Dr Dirk Schulze-Makuch is Professor in Astrobiology at Washington State University. His research has been widely published in media ranging from academic journals to The New Scientist. Together they are the authors of the critically-acclaimed We Are Not Alone.


Surprisingly good fun. Editor's Pick.

- The Bookseller

"A mix of good old-fashioned silliness and some fine science writing. Next time someone tells you, "Cheer up, it might never happen," throw this book at them."

- BBC Focus

"Accessible and entertaining… Brings often complex and abstract threats frighteningly to life."

- Financial Times

"Curiously pleasurable… this will help you get your everday problems into perspective."

- The Independent

"Impressive… Reminds us that the air of reassuring omnipotence that our leaders like to project is mere illusion."

- The Wall Street Journal

"A hearty dose of knowledge seasoned with humor… Clear and informative, this book is recommended for all readers of popular science."

- Library Journal

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