9780300090970

Stardust : Supernovae and Life -- The Cosmic Connection

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  • ISBN13:

    9780300090970

  • ISBN10:

    0300090978

  • Format: Trade Paper
  • Copyright: 8/11/2001
  • Publisher: Yale University Press
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Summary

The Gribbins relate the developments in 20th-century astronomy that have led to the shattering realization that all life is made of stardust scattered across the universe in great stellar explosions from supernovae. The authors eloquently explain how the physical structure of the universe has produced conditions ideal for life. 22 illustrations.

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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