Comet

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WHAT ARE THESE GRACEFUL VISITORS TO OUR SKIES? WE NOW KNOW THAT THEY BRING BOTH LIFE AND DEATH AND TEACH US ABOUT OUR ORIGINS.

Comet begins with a breathtaking journey through space astride a comet. Pulitzer Prize-winning astronomer Carl Sagan, author of Cosmos and Contact, and writer Ann Druyan explore the origin, nature, and future of comets, and the exotic myths and portents attached to them. The authors show how comets have spurred some of the great discoveries in the ...

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Overview

WHAT ARE THESE GRACEFUL VISITORS TO OUR SKIES? WE NOW KNOW THAT THEY BRING BOTH LIFE AND DEATH AND TEACH US ABOUT OUR ORIGINS.

Comet begins with a breathtaking journey through space astride a comet. Pulitzer Prize-winning astronomer Carl Sagan, author of Cosmos and Contact, and writer Ann Druyan explore the origin, nature, and future of comets, and the exotic myths and portents attached to them. The authors show how comets have spurred some of the great discoveries in the history of science and raise intriguing questions about these brilliant visitors from the interstellar dark.

Were the fates of the dinosaurs and the origins of humans tied to the wanderings of a comet? Are comets the building blocks from which worlds are formed?

Lavishly illustrated with photographs and specially commissioned full-color paintings, Comet is an enthralling adventure, indispensable for anyone who has ever gazed up at the heavens and wondered why.

"SIMPLY THE BEST."

*The Times of London

"FASCINATING, EVOCATIVE, INSPIRING."

*The Washington Post

"COMET HUMANIZES SCIENCE. A BEAUTIFUL, INTERESTING BOOK."

*United Press International

"MASTERFUL . . . SCIENCE, POETRY, AND IMAGINATION."

*The Atlanta Journal & Constitution

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780345412225
  • Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 2/25/1997
  • Edition description: Revised Edition
  • Pages: 432
  • Sales rank: 588,690
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction
Pt. I The Nature of Comets
1 Astride the Comet 3
2 Portent 13
3 Halley 39
4 The Time of the Return 75
5 Rogue Comets 94
6 Ice 108
7 The Anatomy of Comets: A Summary So Far 129
8 Poison Gas and Organic Matter 144
9 Tails 156
10 A Cometary Bestiary 172
Pt. II Origins and Fates of the Comets
11 At the Heart of a Trillion Worlds 197
12 Mementos of Creation 212
13 The Ghosts of Comets Past 227
14 Scattered Fires and Shattered Worlds 246
15 The Wrath of Heaven: 1. The Great Dying 269
16 The Wrath of Heaven: 2. A Modern Myth? 291
17 The Enchanted Region 306
Pt. III Comets and the Future
18 A Flotilla Rising 325
19 Stars of the Great Captains 337
20 A Mote of Dust 356
Appendices 369
Bibliography 375
Indices 385
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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 1, 2013

    Loved this book

    I thought it would not be up to date because of Carl's death. I was wrong. I loved this book. It had a lot of detail about comets that is not generally known. It also has the history of what people thought through the ages.

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    Posted November 25, 2013

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    Posted November 23, 2013

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    Looks at him and says "whats your name"

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    Posted November 22, 2013

    Autumn

    Bites it carefullly and cums

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  • Posted April 4, 2012

    fascinating read

    This is a very interesting book, detailing the history of the study of comets and the major scientists involved. There is a small frustration in that, of course, this was written some time ago and is a little out of date but if you can look past this, I highly recommend it. The title may sound a little dry but the book flowed really well.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 17, 2000

    History Science and Adventure

    Once again the genius of Carl Sagan comes through magnificently as he takes us through the depths of interstellar space and the winding road of History to learn about one of the most fascinating phenomena in the Universe. 'Comet' should be a textbook for grades 6 through College. It's that good--no, excellant a book. It told me things that even I didn't know. Fantastic Work, Carl and Ann!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 9, 1999

    KIESHA HEMPHILL FROM N.C. CHARLOTTE

    The book was good and gave alot of good examples this book deserves an award

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