This is one of the most thought-provoking books that I have ever read. It would be very easy, after reading this book, to view the future of our world as the "glass half empty". We appear to be confronted with so many potential calamities that it is difficult to know which ones to tackle first.
Our world has recently been dealing with the COVID-19 pandemic. If this is any example of how we deal with "doomsday" events, the prognosis is not good. If nothing else, it has shown that our self-preservation instincts have caused us to be very selfish and completely reactionary to what is happening. We are all so caught-up in our own lives, that we have not approached this crisis in an efficient manner.
The author's style presents a style which makes this an easy read. It is easy to project that we will not be able to deal with everyone of these doomsday scenarios. Some of these natural events are not within our control. There is much work to be done if we are to hope that our world has a future.
The Doomsday Book: The Science Behind Humanity's Greatest Threats Hardcover – Nov. 17 2020
About the Author
Marshall Brain is best known as the founder and creator of the successful How Stuff Works franchise, which includes books and a website that was sold to Discovery Communications. He was also the host of the National Geographic show called Factory Floor and is the director of the Engineering Entrepreneurship Program at NC State University and the author of more than a dozen books. He lives in Cary, NC.
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- Publisher : Sterling (Nov. 17 2020)
- Language : English
- Hardcover : 288 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1454939966
- ISBN-13 : 978-1454939962
- Item weight : 1.12 kg
- Dimensions : 19.05 x 2.54 x 23.62 cm
- Best Sellers Rank: #306,220 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
- Customer Reviews:
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Eye opening!Reviewed in the United States on November 19, 2020
The different doomsday scenarios are fascinating and the science behind it is well explained. I really liked how each chapter also had ways for prevention so it left me with hope that we as a society can work together to make sure these things don't come to pass. I am actually not much of a reader but I happened upon this and it intrigued me so I gave it a shot and was not disappointed. The pictures in it are nice too.
A book of discomfort, disbelief, and perhaps, hope.Reviewed in the United States on January 8, 2021
Brain does a fantastic job pulling you into the pages to experience the emotions of discomfort, disbelief, and perhaps, hope. This book should serve as a wake-up call for its readers - are you going to be reactive or proactive?