Now well-known writer and respected astrophysicist John Gribbin has taken this fairy-tale bit of Big Science and used it as the central premise for a book: which describes how the cosmos made us, and what we can therefore make of the cosmos. It's essentially a biography of man from the molecular point of view, with diversions into evolution, astronomy, geology, extra terrestrial life, and so on. One of the more poetic notions covered is that of "panspermia", the idea that the seeds of life are continually being carried across the universe--like so many sycamore keys in an autumn wood. The author definitely sides with those who believe the answer to life is "out there".
As always with John Gribbin, the writing is fresh and accessible, the thinking clear if occasionally complex. The real joy of Stardust is its perspective: in contrast to so many pop cosmology writers, Gribbin has managed to tell a fairly well-known tale in an original and very satisfying way.--Sean Thomas --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
I thoroughly enjoyed this book. John Gribbin writes clearly and simply, and seems to be able to anticipate all the questions the reader might ask. Read morePublished 9 months ago by dawn harmon
Well written explanation of this crazy unbelievable place we inhabit.Published 12 months ago by Mooncoin
"We are Stardust we are Golden and we have to find our way back to the Garden!"
Now we can't doubt it!