Boom! by Bob Berman
TITLE: Boom!: The Violent Supernovas, Galactic Explosions, and Earthly Mayhem that Shook our Universe [Paperback]
ALTERNATE TITLE: Earth-Shattering: Violent Supernovas, Galactic Explosions, Biological Mayhem, Nuclear Meltdowns, and Other Hazards to Life in Our Universe [Hardcover]
AUTHOR: 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."
Boom! is a popular science book for people who know nothing about the cosmos. Berman's focus is on galactic "catastrophes" (e.g. supernovas and colliding galaxies), with a minor detour into Earth specific and man-made catastrophes (e.g. the Great Oxygen Event and the Chernobyl nuclear accident). The chapters are generally short, somewhat interesting, and rather superficial in contents; the writing style informal and "popular". An easy read for an uninformed adult or something interesting to give to a teenager as a gift.