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Comets: Creators and Destroyers

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Publisher Comments:

From Halley to Hale-Bopp, comets have guided the thoughts, moods, and behavior of humans since the dawn of time. With a host of comet movies set for release next summer, books about this astounding galactic phenomenon are sure to sell with the same ferocity as books about dinosaurs did after the release of Jurassic Park.

To coincide with this increased interest, astronomer David Levy has written a highly readable layperson's guide to comets. The scientific advisor to an upcoming Paramount blockbuster starring Robert Duvall and Morgan Freeman, Levy has studied and discovered comets for many years. This book is the riveting result of his life's work, exploring their extraordinary history, the very latest discoveries, and the widespread belief that comets inspire everything from psychotic behavior and suicide to the actions and decisions of world leaders.

Most important, Levy contemplates the possibility of a Doomsday catastrophe more chilling than any science fiction novel: the collision of a comet with the planet Earth.

Synopsis:

A foremost expert on comets presents an accessible guide to the history of this fascinating subject--as well as stunning speculations on how their possible future may change life on Earth forever. 40 photos. Line drawings.

Synopsis:

David Levy brings these "ghostly apparitions" to life. With fascinating scenarios both real and imagined, he shows how comets have wreaked their special havoc on Earth and other planets. Beginning with ground zero as comets take form, we track the paths their icy, rocky masses take around our universe and investigate the enormous potential that future comets have to directly affect the way we live on this planet and what we might find as we travel to other planets. andlt;BRandgt; In this extraordinary volume, David Levy shines his expert light on a subject that has long captivated our imaginations and fears, and demonstrates the need for our continued and rapt attention.

About the Author

David H. Levyandlt;/Bandgt; is a contributing editor of andlt;Iandgt;Paradeandlt;/Iandgt; magazine and has discovered twenty-one comets, including Comet Shoemaker-Levy 9, which collided with Jupiter. He is the author of nineteen books, including andlt;Iandgt;Skywatching,andlt;/Iandgt; hundreds of articles, and a number of screenplays, all on aspects of astronomy. He lives in Vail, Arizona.

Table of Contents

andlt;Bandgt;CONTENTSandlt;/Bandgt;andlt;BRandgt;andlt;BRandgt;andlt;Iandgt;Prefaceandlt;/Iandgt; GHOSTLY APPARITIONS IN THE NIGHT andlt;Bandgt;11andlt;/Bandgt;andlt;BRandgt;andlt;BRandgt;andlt;Iandgt;Oneandlt;/Iandgt; FROM DUST TO DUST andlt;Bandgt;17andlt;/Bandgt;andlt;BRandgt;andlt;BRandgt;andlt;Iandgt;Twoandlt;/Iandgt; FOUR BILLION YEARS AGO andlt;Bandgt;37andlt;/Bandgt;andlt;BRandgt;andlt;BRandgt;andlt;Iandgt;Threeandlt;/Iandgt; COMETS AND THE ORIGIN OF LIFE andlt;Bandgt;57andlt;/Bandgt;andlt;BRandgt;andlt;BRandgt;andlt;Iandgt;Fourandlt;/Iandgt; THREE BILLION YEARS AGO andlt;Bandgt;71andlt;/Bandgt;andlt;BRandgt;andlt;BRandgt;andlt;Iandgt;Fiveandlt;/Iandgt; SIXTY-FIVE MILLION YEARS AGO andlt;Bandgt;87andlt;/Bandgt;andlt;BRandgt;andlt;BRandgt;andlt;Iandgt;Sixandlt;/Iandgt; COMETS ARE DOUBLE-EDGED SWORDS andlt;Bandgt;103andlt;/Bandgt;andlt;BRandgt;andlt;BRandgt;andlt;Iandgt;Sevenandlt;/Iandgt; EARTH'S FIRST COLD WAR andlt;Bandgt;115andlt;/Bandgt;andlt;BRandgt;andlt;BRandgt;andlt;Iandgt;Eightandlt;/Iandgt; A TIME FOR COMETS andlt;Bandgt;125andlt;/Bandgt;andlt;BRandgt;andlt;BRandgt;andlt;Iandgt;Nineandlt;/Iandgt; A FIELD OF DREAMS andlt;Bandgt;139andlt;/Bandgt;andlt;BRandgt;andlt;BRandgt;andlt;Iandgt;Tenandlt;/Iandgt; TARGET EARTH andlt;Bandgt;153andlt;/Bandgt;andlt;BRandgt;andlt;BRandgt;andlt;Iandgt;Elevenandlt;/Iandgt; THREE LITTLE WORLDS andlt;Bandgt;173andlt;/Bandgt;andlt;BRandgt;andlt;BRandgt;andlt;Iandgt;Twelveandlt;/Iandgt; PROBING FOR LIFE IN OUR GALAXY andlt;Bandgt;185andlt;/Bandgt;andlt;BRandgt;andlt;BRandgt;andlt;Iandgt;Thirteenandlt;/Iandgt; YES, VIRGINIA, COMETS DO HIT PLANETS andlt;Bandgt;197andlt;/Bandgt;andlt;BRandgt;andlt;BRandgt;andlt;Iandgt;Fourteenandlt;/Iandgt; PRESCRIPTION FOR DOOMSDAY andlt;Bandgt;215andlt;/Bandgt;andlt;BRandgt;andlt;BRandgt;andlt;Iandgt;Fifteenandlt;/Iandgt; AN EPILOGUE andlt;Bandgt;231andlt;/Bandgt;andlt;BRandgt;andlt;BRandgt;NOTES andlt;Bandgt;239andlt;/Bandgt;andlt;BRandgt;andlt;BRandgt;INDEX andlt;Bandgt;245andlt;/Bandgt;

Product Details

ISBN:
9780684852553
Author:
Levy, David
Publisher:
Touchstone Books
Author:
Levy, David H.
Location:
New York, NY :
Subject:
Astronomy
Subject:
Astronomy - Universe
Subject:
Millennialism
Subject:
Comets
Subject:
Astronomy - General
Copyright:
Edition Description:
B102
Publication Date:
May 1998
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
40 bandamp;w photos t-o
Pages:
256
Dimensions:
8.44 x 5.5 in 11.9 oz

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Product details 256 pages Touchstone Books - English 9780684852553 Reviews:
"Synopsis" by , A foremost expert on comets presents an accessible guide to the history of this fascinating subject--as well as stunning speculations on how their possible future may change life on Earth forever. 40 photos. Line drawings.
"Synopsis" by , David Levy brings these "ghostly apparitions" to life. With fascinating scenarios both real and imagined, he shows how comets have wreaked their special havoc on Earth and other planets. Beginning with ground zero as comets take form, we track the paths their icy, rocky masses take around our universe and investigate the enormous potential that future comets have to directly affect the way we live on this planet and what we might find as we travel to other planets. andlt;BRandgt; In this extraordinary volume, David Levy shines his expert light on a subject that has long captivated our imaginations and fears, and demonstrates the need for our continued and rapt attention.
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