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Boom!: The Violent Supernovas, Galactic Explosions, and Earthly Mayhem that Shook our Universe

Boom!: The Violent Supernovas, Galactic Explosions, and Earthly Mayhem that Shook our Universe

An explosive epic encompassing the Big Bang, other past booms and future cataclysms!

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ISBN 9781786075970
Barcode 9781786075970
Published 6 May 2019 by Misc - United Book Distributor
Format Paperback
Author(s) By Berman, Bob
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ISBN-13 9781786075970
ISBN-10 1786075970
Stock Available
Status In stock at publisher; ships 6-12 working days
Publisher Misc - United Book Distributor
Imprint Oneworld Publications
Publication Date 6 May 2019
International Publication Date 7 March 2019
Publication Country United Kingdom United Kingdom
Format Paperback
Author(s) By Berman, Bob
Category Popular Science
Astronomy, Space & Time
Popular Astronomy
Space Travel & Exploration
Space Science
Number of Pages 320
Dimensions Width: 129mm
Height: 198mm
Spine: 23mm
Weight Not specified - defaults to 600g
Interest Age General Audience
Reading Age General Audience
Library of Congress Big bang theory - Popular works, Expanding universe - Popular works
NBS Text Popular Science
ONIX Text General/trade
Dewey Code 523.18
Catalogue Code 979743

Description of this Book

Space is quiet. Billion trillions of stars slowly burning out their lives. Bodies of rock, moons, planets, floating in the dark. Most of the time. Sometimes violence is unleashed on the cosmos, the ripple effects so far-reaching that they stretch the limits of human comprehension. Sometimes, something explodes. From the destruction of galaxies to supernovas, hypernovas and gamma ray bursts, these moments are rare yet powerful, often out of sight but consequentially felt. In Boom!, astronomy writer Bob Berman guides us through an epic investigation, unveiling dazzling `new stars' suddenly created, the moon's violent birth and the effects of the cosmic rays that rain down on us. Returning to the ground, he draws links between cataclysms in space and those on Earth - the Black Death's march across continents, the horror of World War II and the devastation of Chernobyl. Just as he explores how our world might end, Berman shows that though we have harnessed these apocalyptic energies for ill, we can, in the nearer future, appropriate them for good.

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Awards, Reviews & Star Ratings

NZ Review `A fascinating and entertaining book.' * <i>BBC Sky at Night</i> on <i>Zapped</i> * `A rip-roaring ride... Inspiring and insightful.' -- Colin Stuart, author of <i>The Big Questions in Science</i> on <i>Zapped</i>
UK Review Bertrams Star Rating: 2 stars (out of 5)

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Author's Bio

Bob Berman is a leading astronomy writer and the author of Zapped, Zoom and The Sun's Heartbeat. He contributed the popular `Night Watchman' column for Discover for seventeen years and is currently a columnist for Astronomy, a host on Northeast Public Radio and science editor of The Old Farmer's Almanac. He lives in Willow, New York.

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