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  • Paperback: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Springer; Softcover reprint of the original 1st ed. 1994 edition (1 Jan. 1994)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0306446510
  • ISBN-13: 978-0306446511
  • Product Dimensions: 14 x 1.8 x 21.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 3,961,325 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"The Quest for Comets" is a personal journey of the author, David H. Levy, in the search of comets and an understanding of the cosmic impacts. He brought forth the experiences and the wonders of the comet hunts as well of how he met Carolyn and Eugene Shoemaker. This book is an account of the author's life from his early interests in comets up to his co-discovery of the comet Shoemaker-Levy 9 that eventually collided with Jupiter on July 16, 1994. With his own personal journey, he mixed in with the history of previous astronomers and historical sightings of comets as well comet impacts.

With roughly 265 pages and twenty chapters (including epilogue and afterword sections), this book is an intriguing narrative account and easy to read. Personally, I like the author's writing style and his approach to an understanding of comets.

This is certainly the book to be added to a study of comets.
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