Children of the Stars: Our Origin, Evolution and Destiny

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Are we alone in the Universe? What is our place in it? How did we get here? We have long searched for the answers to questions such as these, and scientists are beginning to find some of the answers. In this beautifully illustrated book, Daniel Altschuler provides the reader with the elements to understand the questions and their answers as far as we know them. He explores subjects from physics and astronomy, to geology and paleontology. Along the way he touches on topics such as the search for life on other worlds and the hazards of asteroid impacts. Written in an engaging and readable style, readers will be intrigued by the surprising connections among the stars, our planet, and life itself. Daniel Altschuler is Director of the Arecibo Observatory in Arecibo, Puerto Rico, the site of the world's largest single-dish radio telescope.

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A book for the general reader dealing with the intimate and surprisin g connection between stars, our planet, and life. Investigating aspects of physics, astronomy, geology and palaeontology, Children of the Stars is also, in a broad sense, a book about the environment, emphasizing the deep connection between us and all fellow travellers, from bacteria to chimpanzees. Fully illustrated and easy to read, with wit and erudition, it will make the reader see our world in a whole new light.

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Daniel R Altschuler, an experienced researcher, educator, and science administrator, is director of the National Astronomy and Ionosphere Center's Arecibo Observatory and a member of the faculty of the Physics Department of the University of Puerto Rico, at Rio Piedras.

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