Destiny or Chance

Destiny or Chance : Our Solar System and Its Place in the Cosmos

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Written by a leading planetary scientist, Destiny or Chance tells the remarkable story of how our solar system came into existence. For anyone interested in understanding our solar system, this is an invaluable and gripping story, providing a fast-paced and expert tour of our new understanding of the Earth, its planetary neighbours and other planetary systems. Many works describe the inventory of the solar system: Ross Taylor's work is unique because it explains to us why the solar system looks the way it does, and how it came about. We learn why Mars is so small, where comets come from, how rings form around planets, why asteriods exist and why Pluto isn't even a planet at all. En route, we discover that chance events have shaped the course of the history of our solar system: dramatic collisions, for example, have caused the tilts and spins of planets, the extinction of the dinosaurs, and the rise of man. Ross Taylor also discusses the eternal questions: why is Earth so suitable for harbouring life? Do we live in a designer universe or a chance one? What might other planetary systems look like? Are we alone?show more

Product details

  • Audio cassette
  • 110 x 140 x 20mm | 127g
  • Orion Publishing Co
  • Orion (an Imprint of The Orion Publishing Group Ltd )
  • London, United Kingdom
  • Abridged
  • Abridged edition
  • Pack
  • 0752839799
  • 9780752839790

About Stuart Ross Taylor

Professor Stuart Ross Taylor is an Emeritus Professor in the Department of Nuclear Physics, Australian National University with a personal stake in the solar system as the asteroid 5670 was recently named Rosstaylor. He was awarded the 1998 Leonard Medal of the International Meteoritical Society and was also a Principal Investigator for the NASA Apollo Missions. Reader Biography: Heather Couper is an academic who has become a 'media astronomer'. She produced the Channel Four series The Universe in 1999 and is a frequent broadcaster on TV and radio. Professor Stuart Ross Taylor is an Emeritus Professor in the Department of Nuclear Physics, Australian National University with a personal stake in the solar system as the asteroid 5670 was recently named Rosstaylor. He was awarded the 1998 Leonard Medal of the International Meteoritical Society and was also a Principal Investigator for the NASA Apollo Missions. Reader Biography: Heather Couper is an academic who has become a 'media astronomer'. She produced the Channel Four series The Universe in 1999 and is a frequent broadcaster on TV and radio.show more