Surprisingly good fun. Editor's Pick.
Nine Strange Ways the World Could EndDavid Darling Dirk Schulze-Makuch
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.
"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."
"Accessible and entertaining… Brings often complex and abstract threats frighteningly to life."
"Curiously pleasurable… this will help you get your everday problems into perspective."
"Impressive… Reminds us that the air of reassuring omnipotence that our leaders like to project is mere illusion."
"A hearty dose of knowledge seasoned with humor… Clear and informative, this book is recommended for all readers of popular science."