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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Nothing on earth makes sense except in the light of the Cosmic Connection 7 Dec. 2009
By Matt Funk - Published on Amazon.com
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As Dobzhansky wisely noted, "One can argue that all environments are hostile, and that death and extinction are probable events, while survival is improbable. Just how life has managed to overcome this improbability is a problem which many biologists find challenging and fascinating. In my opinion, this problem may well be used as the framework on which to build the teaching of biology." Furthermore, however, as Jeff Kanipe has beautifully illustrated, this problem may well be used as the framework on which to build the teaching of life-on-earth-as-we-know-it. Or, to put this another way, Dobzhansky also famously remarked, "Nothing in biology makes sense except in the light of evolution." But as Kanipe demonstrates, nothing on earth makes sense except in the light of planetary, stellar, and galactic evolution. If you only buy three books this year, consider three copies of the Cosmic Connection for you and your two closest friends - I've bought four and I'm about to buy six more! And if you'd like to know why I'm filling up Santa's sleigh with this important book, see: "On the Origin of Mass Extinctions: Darwin's Nontrivial Error ([...]).
5 of 7 people found the following review helpful
A Kanipe Keeper 4 Feb. 2009
By Amazon Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
I do like this book. The author states he has no truck with "astronomy-speak" and he wishes to avoid the textbook approach or the "star-stuff" lyricism. Instead, Mr. Kanipe delivers some haymakers at our self-assurances that life in this planetary abode is a humdrum conceit of impeccable safety.

His book is partly about what too many of us no longer can or care to notice - the stars, the Milky Way, the Moon, and even the Sun. His book is also partly about what we can't readily see - dark energy, magnetars, tiny black holes, false and true vacuums, hypernovas, asteroids, interstellar clouds, and aliens.

What do all these astronomical entities have in common per this book? As the author states - "A civilization that lives long enough won't have to go to the stars, the stars will come to it." Mr. Kanipe treats this approach to us as what could happen now, tomorrow, and in millions of years. There is no time span in which one can get away from it all. Though the author writes that we are not more than a chalk jot on the blackboard of the universe, could we, thus, get overlooked. Does a banker refuse an exorbitant bonus?

How many ways can you spell "hell" here on Earth? Let's see -

"Simply put, a coronal mass ejection is a piece of the Sun ejected into space." We can be in the line of fire.

Other solar activity could render us "deaf,dumb, and blind to anyone not in our immediate vicinity." O woe to you, techies.

"Scientists repeatedly warn that a collision with an asteroid is inevitable." So we've got a recession or a depression. Cheer up.

That's asteroids, how about comets? They give us no slack, we couldn't duck "a multiple Tunguska-like strafing run."

How about "a single thermonuclear whoosh" coming our way?

Or a magnetar that "could very well scramble the atomic and molecular structure of the solar system."

Enough hellish prospects, the aliens are coming, the aliens are coming. They can save us? After what the author relates about the Martian canal "kerfuffle" maybe they will keep their distance. They certainly have, so far.

Mr. Kanipe tells us again and again that, in so many words, we are an extremely fortunate bunch. Where we are in relation to nearby astronomical objects and faraway ones has made us what we are today.

Mr. Kanipe takes you far and near for mostly dispassionate scenarios that will not perplex you for long. It's us vs. all of them. I haven't mentioned very many of them. The author has the rest of them well in hand. Read and don't weep, there may still be time enough to read the author's masterful account.
2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Exploring different astronomical events and how they have affected life on Earth 15 Mar. 2009
By Midwest Book Review - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
THE COSMIC CONNECTION: HOW ASTRONOMICAL EVENTS IMPACT LIFE ON EARTH provides a powerful survey of the cosmos, offering connections between events affecting the universe and those affecting mankind. It's intended for the general reader so general-interest libraries will find it provocative, exploring different astronomical events and how they have affected life on Earth.
good book about space weather 2 Jan. 2013
By Tobias - Published on Amazon.com
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would recommand it to anyone who is interested in everything about space. I always been into space weather for long time now and glad I pick this book
1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
It is just a fortuitus event 19 Feb. 2009
By Amazon Customer - Published on Amazon.com
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Why we are here ??? It is not just because of our technology and evolution.
Amazing journey through the bad news understanding the good news that permitted the life on the Earth.
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