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By Chris Impey

“Remarkably upbeat, and imbued with wit, knowledge and a palpable experience of awe over our universe.”―Tucson Weekly

such a lot folks are conscious of our personal mortality, yet few between us recognize what technological know-how, with insights yielded from groundbreaking new learn, has to claim approximately endings on a bigger scale. input astronomer Chris Impey, who chronicles the loss of life of the complete shebang: person, species, bio- sphere, Earth, solar, Milky method, and, ultimately, the whole universe.

With a hearty dose of humor, How It Ends illuminates every thing from the applied sciences of human existence extension and the evolutionary fingers race among microbes and males to the inescapable dimming of the solar and the final word “big rip,” giving us a unprecedented glimpse right into a universe with no us. sixty eight black-and-white illustrations

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