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this is a question that has haunted me since my early childhood, when i saw E.T. for the first time. its really why i got into astronomy,and its why i stayed interested so long. i debate this with my mom, my dad, my siblings, my grandparents, my relatives, my friends (the times when i have friends) and any random person who is willing to discuss it. now that i have access to a huge community of people who share my interests, this is really a dream come true for me. i won't state my opinion (yet) first ill listen to both sides of the argument for a while. i know this might turn into a argument rather than a discussion, but lets all keep our posts and comments kind and considerate so the discussion doesn't get shut down, since i have wanted to discuss this with other people like me for as long as i can remember. one rule: DO NOT put someone arguments down, just explain why you think you are wrong. there will also be a poll where you can vote with your opinion, it would be great if everybody uses it!! thanks for reading this, and lets make this a interesting discussion for everybody.
The New Cosmos - David J Eicher: CUP ISBN 978-1-107-06885-8
I picked this book up at the Cambridge Univ Press book shop in Cambridge just before Christmas intending to read it over the holiday period. That did not happen.
David Eicher writes for the Astronomy magazine in the US and this rather nice hardback tome is a series of 17 articles on the latest science with regards to many astronomical topics.
It starts with an intro 'The awakening of astronomy' and then proceeds outwards from Earth, 'How the Sun will die', End of Life on earth', How the Moon formed' It covers both planetary and deep space.
Excellent articles on the latest science of the Milky Way, how big is the Universe and then onto Dark Matter, Dark Energy and Black Holes.
Each chapter is stand alone and the book can be picked up and put down, the chapters cover a short history of the subject and then introduce the latest science and thinking.. There are some beautiful illustrations and photos.
There is just about something for everyone and I would give it a 9/10.