198 pages, 19 b/w photos, b/w illustrations
Which will get us first? The asteroid hurtling towards us from outer space? The Black Plague: Round Two? Swiss black holes gobbling up the solar system? Or – who knows – alien invasion? Armed with lavish illustrations and their one-of-a-kind "Catastrophometer", David Darling and Dirk Schulze-Makuch introduce all those disasters you never saw coming, unpicking the hardcore science that makes them all genuine possibilities, and providing everything from survival tips to danger ratings. So sit back, face the inevitable, and discover the awesome science behind the nine oddest ways the world could end.
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Dr David Darling is an astronomer, freelance science writer and creator of one of the most popular online encyclopaedias of space and astrobiology. He is the author of numerous works, including the bestselling Equations of Eternity. Dr Dirk Schulze-Makuch is currently an Associate Professor in Astrobiology at Washington State University. His research has been widely published in media ranging from academic journals to The New Scientist.