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Disturbing the Solar System By Alan E. Rubin

Disturbing the Solar System
by Alan Rubin

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After relating a brief history of the solar system, this book describes how astronomers determined our location in the Milky Way. It provides an account of the energetic interactions among planetary bodies, the effects of other solar-system objects on our climate, moon's genesis, the heating of asteroids, and the origin of the mysterious tektites.
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Disturbing the Solar System: Impacts, Close Encounters, and Coming Attractions by Alan Rubin

The solar system has always been a messy place in which gravity wreaks havoc. Moons form, asteroids and comets crash into planets, ice ages commence, and dinosaurs disappear. By describing the dramatic consequences of such disturbances, this authoritative and entertaining book reveals the fundamental interconnectedness of the solar system - and what it means for life on Earth. After relating a brief history of the solar system, Alan Rubin describes how astronomers determined our location in the Milky Way. He provides succinct and up-to-date accounts of the energetic interactions among planetary bodies, the generation of the Earth's magnetic field, the effects of other solar-system objects on our climate, the moon's genesis, the heating of asteroids, and the origin of the mysterious tektites. Along the way, Rubin introduces us to the individual scientists - including the famous, the now obscure, and the newest generation of researchers - who have enhanced our understanding of the galactic neighborhood. He shows how scientific discoveries are made; he discusses the uncertainty that presides over the boundaries of knowledge as well as the occasional reluctance of scientists to change their minds even when confronted by compelling evidence. This fresh historical perspective reveals science as it is: an imperfect but self-correcting enterprise. Journeying to the frontiers of knowledge, Rubin concludes with the exciting realm of astrobiology. He chronicles the history of the search for life on Mars and describes cutting-edge lines of astrobiological inquiry, including panspermia (the possible transfer of life from planet to planet), the likelihood of technologically advanced alien civilizations in our galaxy, and our probable responses to alien contact. Authoritative and up-to-date but also entertaining and fluidly written, "Disturbing the Solar System" will appeal to any reader who has ever picked up a rock or gazed at the moon with a sense of wonder.

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Disturbing the Solar System Reviews


Splendid... Most writers make the pursuit of science seem purely mechanistic, devoid of characters or human foibles. Rubin is a welcome contrast. -- Duncan Steel New Scientist The book is scientifically accurate, and the writing is quietly competent... Nearly half of [Rubin's] chapters represent his research interests in meteorites, asteroids and impact cratering, which are important but not yet over-told tales... The book ends with the now de rigueur chapters on astrobiology, including a fascinating look at how humans might react if aliens were detected. -- Charles A. Wood Nature From a concise but complete description of the origin of the solar system to current thinking about the search for extraterrestrial intelligence and much in between, this is an excellent read about our local astronomical neighborhood. Choice This is a terrific book... What really sets [Rubin's] book apart is the perspective of an active researcher. Rubin well understands that science is not an answer, but a journey... This book not only provides a lesson on the inner workings of science, but also a broad overview of the importance of meteoritics and planetary science. -- Timothy J. McCoy Eos

About Alan Rubin


Alan E. Rubin is a research geochemist in the Institute of Geophysics and Planetary Physics at the University of California, Los Angeles, and the author of more than 100 scientific papers. This is his first book.

Table of Contents


Preface xi PART 1: Overview of the Solar System I. A Brief History of the Solar System 3 II. Where Are We? The Location of the Solar System 17 III. Heat Sources 33 PART 2: Earth and Moon IV. The Magnetic Earth 47 V. Ice Ages 63 VI. Origin of the Moon 84 PART 3: Small Bodies, Impacts, and Rings VII. Asteroids and Meteorites 99 VIII. What Heated the Asteroids? 118 IX. Mesosiderites: Biography of a Shocked and Melted Asteroid 129 X. Meteor Crater 143 XI. The Lunar Crater Controversy--a Brief Retelling 158 XII. Dinosaurs and the Cretaceous-Tertiary Extinction 167 XIII. Recent Impacts: Tunguska to Shoemaker-Levy 9 183 XIV. Tektites: A Glass Menagerie 200 XV. Rings and Shepherds 215 PART 4: Life beyond Earth XVI. The Search for Life on Mars 235 XVII. Panspermia 259 XVIII. Paucity of Aliens 281 XIX. Human Response to First Contact 299 Epilogue 321 Glossary 325 Additional Reading 343 Index 353

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GOR004696837
Disturbing the Solar System: Impacts, Close Encounters, and Coming Attractions by Alan Rubin
Alan Rubin
Used - Very Good
Hardback
Princeton University Press
2002-03-25
384
0691074747
9780691074740
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