Monday, May 14, 2012

Nonfiction Monday: Is the End of the World Near?

Is the End of the World Near?: From Crackpot Predictions to Scientific Scenarios Ron Miller

This is a fun and scary book about THE END OF THE WORLD! AHHHHHHH!

It starts with a historical look at how we thought the world was going to end -- omens of comets and eclipses, to Cold War fear. It looks at religious takes on the apocalypse and famous works of fiction about the end of the world (including disaster films like Deep Impact). It also looks at famous end of the world prophesies, like 2012 and various pseudoscience predictions.

Then it looks at very real ways the early might/will end. Like the fact that in a few million years, the sun's going to explode. Or we might kill each other with nuclear warfare. Or a comet might hit and wipe us out like it did the dinosaurs. Or global warming.

I think in all the real ways the world might end, it takes a good look at the chances of that actually happening and what we as people can do to try to prevent them from ever happening.

Over all, it has excellent photographs and illustrations, a great lay-out, and a readable, conversational tone as it explores some heady issues. It might give more sensitive readers nightmares, but I think many kids will find it enthralling.

Today's Nonfiction Monday roundup is over at Ms. Yingling Reads.

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Ms. Yingling said...

Personally, I think the world will end with someone spilling coffee on the control board of some country's nuclear arsenal... so maybe we should outlaw coffee! I'll have to take a look at this and see if my students would be interested.

Myra Garces-Bacsal from GatheringBooks said...

Sounds like the perfect book to read for 2012.