Fire on Earth: In Search of the Doomsday Asteroid

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Could the break-up of a giant comet have given rise to recurring legends about fire from the skies - could it also have destroyed civilizations and plunged Europe into the Dark Ages? The theory is being taken increasingly seriously by scientists and it is now known that the impact of a comet 65 million years ago in the Yucatan Peninsula of Mexico triggered the catastrophe that led to the extinction of the dinosaurs. But what exactly are comets, and where do they come from? This book reveals that these cosmic missiles have been a continuing problem throughout geological time. It examines the controversial claims that there are "periodic extinctions" of life on earth linked to a recurring cycle of cometary impacts and the authors come to a frightening conclusion about the future of humankind on earth. The next appalling series of cosmic hits will almost certainly lead to the extinction of humankind - unless knowledge has advanced enough by then to both find and neutralize a comet heading our way.

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Dr John Gribbin trained as an astrophysicist at the University of Cambridge before becoming a full-time science writer. He has worked for the science journal Nature, and the magazine New Scientist and has contributed articles on science topics to The Times, the Guardian and the Independent, and has made several acclaimed science series for BBC Radio 4. John Gribbin has received awards for his writing in both Britain and the United States and is currently a visiting Fellow in astronomy at the University of Sussex. His many books include In Search of Schrödinger’s Cat, Stephen Hawking: A Life in Science (with Michael White) and In Search of SUSY. John Gribbin is also the author of several science fiction works including Innervisions. Mary Gribbin studied psychology at the University of Sussex and is best known as a writer of science books for young readers. She works in education in East Sussex. More books from are available at: http://ReAnimus.com/authors/johngribbin

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