Everything we see, touch, breathe and smell, nearly every molecule in our bodies, is the by-product of stars as they live and die in explosions, scattering material across the universe which is recycled to become part of us. Taking us on an enthralling journey, the author shows us the scientific breakthroughs in the quest for our origins.
'Superb ...Gribbin has done it again ...the story of how the matter that makes up our bodies travelled from the stars ...a wonderful account' - "Sunday Times", Books of the Year. Every one of us is made of stardust, John Gribbin explains in this dazzling book. Everything we see, touch, breathe and smell, nearly every molecule in our bodies, is the by-product of stars as they live and die in spectacular explosions, scattering material across the universe which is recycled to become part of us. It is only by understanding how stars are made and how they die that we can every understand how we came into being. Taking us on an enthralling journey, John Gribbin shows us the scientific breakthroughs in the quest for our origins. With the raw materials for creating life all around us, he concludes, it is impossible to believe we are alone in the universe. 'An incredible story ...gives a sense of the almost unbelievable coincidence of physical laws and circumstances that resulted in your being able to read these words today' - "Literary Review". 'Gribbin skilfully and engagingly traces the historical sequence ...rather like Sherlock Holmes reading clues' - "New Scientist".
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John Gribbin is one of today's greatest writers of popular science and the author of bestselling books, including In Search of Schrodinger's Cat, Science: A History and Deep Simplicity. He is famous to his many fans for making complex ideas simple, and says that his aim in his writing - much of it done with his wife, Mary Gribbin - is to share with his readers his sense of wonder at the strangeness of the universe. John Gribbin trained as an astrophysicist at Cambridge University and is currently Visiting Fellow in Astronomy at the University of Sussex.
Table of Contents
Introduction - our place in the universe; life and the universe; life as we know it; the stars are suns; inside the stars; cycles and chains in stars; big bang cookery; Burbridge, Burbridge, Fowler and Hoyle; the superstar connection; sowing the seed; appendix - across the universe(s).
Stardust by John Gribbin
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