Exploding Suns: The Secrets of the Supernovas

Exploding Suns: The Secrets of the Supernovas

by Isaac Asimov, D. F. Bach
     
 

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When the universe was born some 15 billion years ago, the "big bang" produced vast clouds of hydrogen and helium. Where did everything else come from? Supernovas, the huge unstable suns whose immense convulsions and titanic explosions are the largest and most shattering events in the universe. Untold trillions of these giant crucibles in space, erupting down the long

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When the universe was born some 15 billion years ago, the "big bang" produced vast clouds of hydrogen and helium. Where did everything else come from? Supernovas, the huge unstable suns whose immense convulsions and titanic explosions are the largest and most shattering events in the universe. Untold trillions of these giant crucibles in space, erupting down the long reaches of time, are now known to have forged all the heavier elements that in turn formed the metals, the rocks, and--at least once--life itself. Did earlier civilizations watch in wonder at the flash of distant supernovas? What about the 1987 "next-door" supernova? Have supernovas ever threatened life on Earth? Will they in years to come? Offering a compelling view of supernovas and the new understanding about the evolution of the universe, Isaac Asimov's The Exploding Suns is one of the most breathtaking science books ever to address these and many other questions.

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YA In his 310th book, Asimov explains the secrets of the supernovas in his usual clear and concise manner. He gives the historical background of the different theories advanced by many astronomers and astrologers over the centuries. The ``big bang'' theory is discussed as the means of forming our universe. He goes into detail about the composition of the different types of novas, black holes, the makeup of the universe and much more. He relates past studies to those of the present and speculates on what science has yet to uncover in the years ahead. All unusual terms are defined carefully within the text. Asimov takes a complicated subject and puts it into an easily understood format for non-scientists. Pat Royal, Prince George's County Public Schoolu System, Md.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780525243236
Publisher:
Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated
Publication date:
04/30/1985
Pages:
288
Product dimensions:
20.00(w) x 20.00(h) x 20.00(d)

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