Stardust : supernovae and life : the cosmic connection /

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Author / Creator:Gribbin, John. 1946-
Imprint:New Haven [Conn.] : Yale University Press, c2000.
Description:xviii, 238 p. : ill. ; 22 cm.
Format: Print Book
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Varying Form of Title:Supernovae and life
Other authors / contributors:Gribbin, Mary.
ISBN:0300084196 (alk. paper)
Notes:Includes bibliographical references (p. 226-227) and index.
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Origin stories are vital to tribal self-esteem; that of life in this universe is noble indeed. The ancient and continuing cataclysms that produce the atoms of which we are made is the subject of this modest, excellent book. John Gribbin and Mary Gribbin are coauthors of many popular books on physics and cosmology, and they believe, like Steven Jay Gould in Wonderful Life (CH, Mar'90), in respecting the reader's intelligence by not fudging necessary technical details. The general undergraduate reader can emerge from this book with a sound and detailed appreciation of the truth of Carl Sagan's rhapsodic phrase "We are star-stuff." The Gribbins describe the origin and evolution of the chemical elements, from the big bang and the stellar crucibles in which they were formed, to the dusty clouds where they wait to form stars and planets, to the planets themselves and their living passengers. Their descriptions of the mechanics of stellar life and death are exquisite. The organization of the book is logical, the writing compelling, the index useful, and the price right. A strongly recommended buy for college and university libraries, for students of any age or major. All levels. T. R. Blackburn; American Chemical Society

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