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Astronomy Saves the World details the avoidable and unavoidable threats to our existence, and provides the case for astronomy being part of everyone's education. Astronomy will ensure our planet never again experiences a catastrophic cosmic impact from an asteroid or comet, and has shown that these ancient harbingers of death are now rich resources waiting to be reaped. Astronomy will lead us forward, away from an evolving sun, as we migrate throughout our solar system and beyond. But our future is hopeless without a well-informed and cohesive global society. We all need the sense of wonder and cosmic humility that astronomy instills. It is the great educational motivator regardless of demographic, and it is rich with history, science, art, engineering, music, and mathematics. It is the lesson for all humankind. Astronomy can be the key to comprehensive emancipation via education and provide us a united path into the deep future.

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Daniel Batcheldor grew up in the city of Bath, United Kingdom. He earned a PhD in Astrophysics from the University of Hertfordshire before moving to the United States. At Rochester Institute of Technology he taught university physics and conducted research on supermassive black holes using the Hubble Space Telescope. Since 2010 he has been on the faculty at Florida Institute of Technology where he is now Professor and Head of Physics and Space Sciences. He still conducts research on supermassive black holes, but is now involved with the space-based imaging technologies that could result in the first image of an Earth-like planet around other stars, and the issues associated with establishing a sustainable colony on Mars.
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With the public increasingly questioning scientifically-obtained data, books of this nature are not just welcome they're needed. Astronomy Saves the World makes the case that astronomy should be as much a part of what is taught in schools as reading, writing, and math. Life on Earth could end tomorrow courtesy of a rock from space. Conversely, the problems we're facing today, those stemming from overpopulation, dwindling natural resources, and pollution could also be alleviated, if not resolved, thanks to science, space exploration, and by extension astronomy. Batcheldor does an exceptional job of conveying his ideas through this book. --Jason Rhian, Senior Editor/Founder SpaceFlight Insider

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  • PublisherSpacewalk Publishing
  • Publication date2016
  • ISBN 10 0997247509
  • ISBN 13 9780997247503
  • BindingHardcover
  • Number of pages272
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