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Cosmic adventure :a renegade astronomer's guide to our world and beyondby Bob Berman
Synopses & Reviews
Bob Berman takes you on a stellar journey in this collection of twenty-five essays that display a lively mix of science, astounding facts, personal anecdotes, and sheer playfulness. Complex, mind-stretching scientific topics become understandable in human terms as Berman links astronomy to our lives. He explores strange new mysteries raised by recent discoveries, and covers areas that haven't been discussed anywhere else before. From the "night terrors" that have haunted humankind since time immemorial to the penniless eccentric who sleeps inside the revolutionary telescope he designed, Berman's scope ranges far and wide.
Cosmic Adventure explains aspects of the physical world that have often piqued our curiosity. Who gets to name the stars? What would an alien invasion really be like? What's the inside story behind space program disasters? Why was the early Hubble goof avoidable? What's the only original idea in recent science? Why does time probably not exist at all?
Book News Annotation:
Discover magazine's "Night Watchman" columnist leads fledgling and amateur astronomers through amazing discoveries, curiosities, and wonders of the universe. In 26 mostly new essays (some paragraphs and phrases are recycled), he explores such topics as the existence of time, life on other planets, alien invasion scenarios, and the validity (or lack thereof) of astrology. Includes a glossary, but no index.
Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
About the Author
Author of Secrets of the Night Sky and Discover magazine's "Sky Lights" column, Bob Berman is the director of the Overlook and Cobb-Matthieson Observatories and lives near Woodstock, New York.
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