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Destiny or Chance: Our Solar System and Its Place in the Cosmos

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Written by a leading planetary scientist, this engaging book tells the remarkable story of how our solar system came into existence and provides an expert tour of the Earth, its planetary neighbors and other planetary systems. In a whirlwind adventure, we explore how the formation of mighty Jupiter dominated the solar system, why Mars is so small, where comets come from, how rings form around planets, why asteroids exist and why Pluto isn't a planet at all. En route, we discover the role of chance events in shaping the course of the history of our solar system. Dramatic collisions, for example, caused the tilts and spins of the planets, the extinction of the dinosaurs and the rise of man. Finally, we look at how suitable Earth is for harboring life, what other planetary systems look like and whether we are alone in the cosmos. For all those interested in understanding our solar system and its place in the cosmos, this is a lucid and compelling read. Stuart Taylor is the recipient of numerous academic awards, including the Norman L. Bowen Award from the American Geophysical Union for his important contributions to our understanding of the origins and early history of the Earth and Moon. In 1997, Asteroid 5670 was named Rosstaylor in his honor. He is the author of Solar System Evolution (Cambridge, 1992).

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The author tells the story of how our solar system came into existence, providing a fast paced, non technical and expert tour of our new understanding of the earth, its planetary neighbours, and other planetary systems.

Synopsis:

Written by a leading planetary scientist, this book tells the remarkable story of how our solar system came into existence. It provides a fast-paced, non-technical and expert tour of our new understanding of the Earth, its planetary neighbours and other planetary systems. En route we discover that chance events have shaped the course of the history of our solar system. Dramatic collisions, for example, caused the tilts and spins of the planets, the extinction of the dinosaurs and the rise of man. For all those interested in understanding our solar system and its place in the cosmos, this is a lucid and compelling read.

Synopsis:

Written by a leading planetary scientist, this book is a fast-paced, non-technical and expert tour of how our solar system came into existence. En route we discover that chance events have shaped its history. A lucid and compelling read.

Synopsis:

A fast-paced, non-technical and expert tour of how our solar system came into existence.

Table of Contents

1. Setting the stage; 2. The giants; 3. Escapees and survivors; 4. The twins; 5. Two special cases; 6. Causes and effects; Appendix.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780521785211
Author:
Taylor, Stuart Ross
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Author:
Taylor, Stuart Ross
Location:
Cambridge
Subject:
Astronomy - Solar System
Subject:
Astronomy
Subject:
Planets
Subject:
Astrophysics
Subject:
Solar system
Subject:
Astronomy - General
Copyright:
Edition Number:
1st. paperback ed.
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Series Volume:
2658
Publication Date:
20001031
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
40 b/w illus.
Pages:
248
Dimensions:
8.92x6.05x.48 in. .90 lbs.

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"Synopsis" by , The author tells the story of how our solar system came into existence, providing a fast paced, non technical and expert tour of our new understanding of the earth, its planetary neighbours, and other planetary systems.
"Synopsis" by , Written by a leading planetary scientist, this book tells the remarkable story of how our solar system came into existence. It provides a fast-paced, non-technical and expert tour of our new understanding of the Earth, its planetary neighbours and other planetary systems. En route we discover that chance events have shaped the course of the history of our solar system. Dramatic collisions, for example, caused the tilts and spins of the planets, the extinction of the dinosaurs and the rise of man. For all those interested in understanding our solar system and its place in the cosmos, this is a lucid and compelling read.
"Synopsis" by , Written by a leading planetary scientist, this book is a fast-paced, non-technical and expert tour of how our solar system came into existence. En route we discover that chance events have shaped its history. A lucid and compelling read.
"Synopsis" by , A fast-paced, non-technical and expert tour of how our solar system came into existence.
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