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|Named Person:||Paul Broca; Paul Broca|
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|Notes:||Reprint. Originally published: New York : Random House, 1979.
"A fascinating book on the joys of discovering how the world works"--P.  of cover.
"As long as there have been human beings, we have posed the deep and fundamental questions, which evoke wonder and stir us into at least a tentative and trembling awareness, questions on the origins of consciousness; life on our planet; the beginning of the Earth; the formation of the Sun; the possibility of intelligent beings somewhere up there in the depths of the sky; as well as, the grandest inquiry of all--on the advent, nature, and ultimate destiny of the universe ... we are on the verge of glimpsing at least preliminary answers to many of these questions ... This book, then, is about the exploration of the universe and ourselves; that is, it is about science"--P. xi-xii.
|Description:||xiv, 398 p. ; 18 cm.|
|Contents:||Science and human concern. Broca's brain --
Can we know the universe? Reflections on a grain of salt --
That world which beckons like a liberation --
In praise of science and technology --
The paradoxers. Night walkers and mystery mongers : sense and nonsense at the edge of science --
White dwarfs and little green men --
Venus and Dr. Velikovsky --
Norman Bloom, messenger of God --
Science fiction--a personal view --
Our neighborhood in space. The Sun's family --
A planet named George --
Life in the solar system. Titan, the enigmatic moon of Saturn --
The climates of planets --
Kalliope and the Kaaba --
The golden age of planetary exploration --
"Will you walk a little faster?" --
Via cherry tree, to Mars --
Experiments in space --
In defense of robots --
The past and future of American astronomy --
The quest for extraterrestrial intelligence --
Ultimate questions. A Sunday sermon --
Gott and the turtles --
The amniotic universe.