The book is a transcultural examination of ideas about the end of the world. Starting with apocalyptic traditions in many religions and sects, Marcelo shows how such ideas entered science in the Renaissance and still remain there today. He discusses meteoritic and cometary bombardment on Earth's past and future; the end of the sun; the physics of black holes; and, of course, the end of the universe as a whole, from cutting-edge theories of cosmology and particle physics.