9780201154955

The Three Big Bangs Comet Crashes, Exploding Stars, And The Creation Of The Universe

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  • ISBN13:

    9780201154955

  • ISBN10:

    0201154951

  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 1997-04-14
  • Publisher: Basic Books

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Summary

Scientists believe that we would not be here it were not for three great cataclysms in the early history of Earth and of the universe. This is the first book to explore the deep connection between the events that shaped life on Earth: the "Big Bang" that spawned an entire universe; the explosion of a supernova, which seeded the solar system with heavy elements; and the crash of a comet or asteroid that caused the extinction of the dinosaurs and cleared the way for the evolution of mammals.

Author Biography

Philip M. Dauber’s research includes work on time reversal and antimatter. Richard A. Muller’s previous book, Nemesis: The Death Star, dealt with the theory that there is a companion star orbiting the sun light-years away, which periodically causes comets to strike the earth. He is the recipient of a MacArthur “genius” award. Philip M. Dauber’s research includes work on time reversal and antimatter. Richard A. Muller’s previous book, Nemesis: The Death Star, dealt with the theory that there is a companion star orbiting the sun light-years away, which periodically causes comets to strike the earth. He is the recipient of a MacArthur “genius” award.

Table of Contents

Prefacep. vii
The Three Big Bangsp. 1
Jupiter Crashp. 7
Target Earthp. 13
Controversyp. 26
The Smoking Gunp. 32
Asteroidsp. 38
Cometsp. 46
Nemesis and Mass Extirictionsp. 56
Spaceguardp. 67
Impacts and Evolutionp. 77
New Starp. 85
Stars Are Usp. 91
Secret Lives and Violent Deaths of Starsp. 99
The Peculiar Progeny of a Supernovap. 107
The Supernova Huntersp. 113
Creationp. 125
The Fleeing Galaxiesp. 132
Microwaves in the Skyp. 142
A Snapshot of Creationp. 151
Of Matter and Antimatterp. 159
Universes Finite and Infinitep. 168
Cosmological Candlesp. 178
Three Big Bangs Revisitedp. 185
Further Readingp. 193
Indexp. 197
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