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Stardust; Supernovae and Life -- The Cosmic Connection

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ISBN13:

9780300084191

ISBN10:
0300084196
Format:
Trade Book
Pub. Date:
9/10/2000
Publisher(s):
Yale University Press

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Summary

A history of the connection between the stars and the formation of planets, the Earth, and all life as we know it. Beginning with the disovery in the 1920's that stars were composed of helium and hydrogen to the seminal work of the 1950's and 1960's which revealed how fusion works inside stars and beyond to the modern discussions of supernovae. DLC: Cosmochemistry.

Author Biography

John Gribbin is visiting fellow in astronomy at the University of Sussex.

Table of Contents

Preface: You Read It Here First! vi
Introduction: Our Place in the Universe ix
Life and the Universe
1(11)
Life as We Know It
12(31)
The Stars Are Suns
43(25)
Inside the Stars
68(28)
Cycles and Chains in Stars
96(16)
Big Bang Cookery
112(18)
Burbidge, Burbidge, Fowler, and Hoyle
130(18)
The Superstar Connection
148(33)
Sowing the Seed
181(34)
Appendix: Across the Universe(s) 215(11)
Further Reading 226(2)
Acknowledgments 228
Index


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