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The Cosmic Winter [Hardcover]

Victor Clube , Bill Napier
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12 July 1990
During five days in late June 1975, a swarm of boulders the size of motor cars struck the moon at a speed of 67,000 miles per hour. On 30 June 1908 an object crashed on Siberia with the force of a large hydrogen bomb. The moon was also struck on 25 June 1178 struck, this time by a missile whose energy was ten times that of the combined nuclear arsenals of the world. Why late June? What is the nature of such events? And what threat do they pose to mankind? The authors aim to reveal the answers in this book. They argue that rains of fire visit the earth from time to time, destroying civilizations and plunging mankind into Dark Ages. They uncover a lost tradition of celestial catastrophe, and underpin these claims with foundations based on the latest discoveries in space. They produce a risk assessment which reveals that civilization could well come to an abrupt end, destroyed by a rain of fire followed by an icy, cosmic winter.

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  • Hardcover: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Wiley-Blackwell; 1st Edition edition (12 July 1990)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0631169539
  • ISBN-13: 978-0631169536
  • Product Dimensions: 23 x 15.4 x 2.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 881,442 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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5.0 out of 5 stars A very important book 20 Feb 2008
This is a book written by astrophysicists for laymen. It is important for one reason: it offers compelling evidence that the sky is not harmless as one might think. On the contrary, there are multiple comet swarms, which are huge concentration of comets, wandering in the space. The Earth has had frequent encounters with them in the past and another is probably due in the near future.

The book starts with a graphic description of a fictional encounter between the Earth and a comet swarm. A 20 megaton comet impacts Nevada. Mistaking it with a nuclear strike from the Soviet Union, the US launches multiple nuclear missiles in retaliation. In the mean time, another hundred-megaton impact hits Belgium, wiping out the country and devastating much of Europe. A shower of smaller comet debris also peppers much of the Earth. When the Earth finally emerges from the swarm, much of its surface is in ruin.

After ensuring that your attention is sufficiently captured by this story, the authors go about presenting the evidence for their case. In part I, they gather various clues from myths and legends around the world that point to catasphophes in the past. What is interesting here is that they show that the Gods from the myths were probably not products of fiction but comets during a very active periods. They did move around in the sky and interfere in worldly affairs through their deadly bombardments.

Part II is where the meat of the book is. Here, the authors summarize the current scientific knowledge about comets and present it in a very accessible way. Of particular significance is information about the Taurid meteor stream, whose path the Earth crosses at the end of June and early November each year.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Essential Reading 11 Mar 2008
If you have a chance to get hold of this book, do so, because it seems to be disappearing! The English version, at least, is becoming extremely hard to get hold of at anything like a sensible price. Someone obviously doesn't want this book to be widely circulated, and a concerted effort seems to be going on to hide away the important information within. And when you read the book it is obvious why: the data collected here upsets the applecart of 'establishment' cosmology, and provides some really interesting and important possibilities that simply do NOT sit well with current thinking. It is also clear that there would be political motivations for keeping a lid on this material.

This is a remarkable book that just goes to show how much happens in the world of science that is kept behind closed doors; how much hugely important research goes on around the edges of accepted cosmology; and how much data IS available that provides robust alternatives to the mainstream 'popularly held views' of science.

The underlying theme of the book is the tracing of cyclic terrestrial disturbances through myth, social history, archaeology, and then the examination of how events on the earth are linked to our cosmological environment. A robust case is built for the periodic atmospheric disturbance of the earth as it encounters asteroidal material. This is not so much the single hollywood-style 'dinosaur killer' giant asteroids, but rather more likely to be composed of orbitting bands of fragmented cometary remains, through which the earth periodically passes. It is further postulated that these comets are sourced from periodic disturbances of the Oort cloud.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Of Cosmic Importance Right Now! 25 Feb 2008
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Victor Clube's book, "The Cosmic Winter," is a book of inestimable importance to everyone on this planet. I strongly urge readers to write to the publisher and request a new printing since it is obvious that few people can afford the high prices for the few copies left in circulation. It is also obvious that those people who do have copies, aren't letting them out of their hands which should suggest to the reader how good and important this book is.

I first became aware of this book when a friend sent me a copy of a paper addressed to the European Office of Aerospace Research and development, dated June 4, 1996, entitled: The Hazard to Civilization from Fireballs and Comets by S.V.M. Clube. (For the uninitiated, Clube was an astrophysicist at the University of Oxford).

In this short (4 pages) letter and summary statement, Clube writes:

"Asteroids which pass close to the Earth have been fully recognized by mankind for only about 20 years. Previously, the idea that substantial unobserved objects might be close enough to be a potential hazard to the Earth was treated with as much derision as the unobserved aether. Scientists of course are in business to establish broad principles (eg relativity) and the Earth's supposedly uneventful, uniformitarian environment was already very much in place. The result was that scientists who paid more than lip service to objects close enough to encounter the Earth did so in an atmosphere of barely disguised contempt. Even now, it is difficult for laymen to appreciate the enormity of the intellectual blow with which most of the Body Scientific has recently been struck and from which it is now seeking to recover."

I stopped right there and asked myself: Hmmm... just what intellectual blow is he talking about here?
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