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Space Chemistry (Ann Arbor Science Library)
Space Chemistry - Ann Arbor Science Library Author:Paul W. Merrill Ptolemy, Copernicus, Galileo, Newton, Einstein -- for centuries men have speculated about the composition of the universe. What are the stars made of? Why do they shine? What is their distance from us? Today , as the world enters the age of space exploration, it is even more important that we understand the composition of the solar system,... more » the Milky Way, and the outlying galaxies.
Was the earth once a part of the sun? What is cool hydrogen? How can scientists analyze interstellar dust and gas? Are there elements in the stars that are not foundon the earth? These are only a few of the questions answered for the general reader in this richly informative, clearly written study of man's knowledge of the universe. The author also presents new ideas concerning the evolution of the solar system and explores such phenomena as the redness of mars, the rings of Saturn, nebulae, and the heat and energy potential of the sun and other stars.
Although we now have a wealth of additional information since this book was written, it continues to provide a good introduction on these topics for the general reader.« less