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The Violent Supernovas, Galactic Explosions, and Earthly Mayhem that Shook our Universe

Bob Berman

Looking at the night sky, you’d be forgiven for thinking it’s all quiet up there in space. But you’d be wrong. Extreme events are forever unfolding: galaxies explode, cosmic debris hurtles through the heavens and our own Milky Way is on a collision course with the giant Andromeda galaxy.

Mayhem moulded the cosmos, shaped life on Earth and at times threatened to end it. With an enduring sense of wonder, through cataclysms great and small, Bob Berman presents a destructive history of our universe.

  • Publication date: March 7, 2019
  • ISBN: 9781786075970
  • RRP: £9.99
  • Pages: 320
  • Publication date: March 7, 2019
  • ISBN: 9781786075987
  • RRP: £4.99
  • Pages: 320


‘Blithely engaging, a glittering planetarium that is…a stage for astonishing and unnerving spectacles… I greatly admire [Berman’s] ability to lucidly explain astrophysics to the nonscientist. The brio that he brings to cosmic havoc makes much of Boom! a delicious guilty pleasure.’

Wall Street Journal

‘Fascinating, terrifying and entertaining in equal measure, this is an expert guide to the deadliest hazards in the universe, on Earth and beyond.’

Paul Parsons, science journalist and author

‘This lively menagerie of astrophysical oddities will entertain any reader who’s ever wondered what the biggest, most dangerous “bangs” in the universe might be.’

Publishers Weekly

‘Berman writes with verve and vigour…a pleasing excursion into the hows and whys of how the universe – our universe, anyway – took shape and how it works – except when it doesn’t.’


Bob Berman

Bob Berman is a leading astronomy writer and the author of Zoom and The Sun’s Heartbeat. He contributed the popular ‘Night Watchman’ column for Discover for seventeen years and is currently a columnist for Astronomy, a host on Northeast Public Radio and science editor of The Old Farmer’s Almanac. He lives in Willow, New York.

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