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The Stardust Revolution: The New Story of Our Origin in the Stars

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Three great scientific revolutions have shaped our understanding of the cosmos and our relationship to it. The sixteenth and seventeenth centuries witnessed the Copernican Revolution, which bodychecked the Earth as the pivot point of creation and joined us with the rest of the cosmos as one planet among many orbiting the Sun. Three centuries later came the second great ...more
Hardcover, 376 pages
Published September 18th 2012 by Prometheus Books (first published January 1st 2012)
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Doug Dillon
Apr 23, 2014 Doug Dillon rated it it was amazing
For Jacob Berkowitz, the writing of this book was a true labor of love and dedication. His enthusiasm is infectious and his attention to detail, while making his words comprehensible to the average person, is superb.

The Stardust Revolution takes the reader on a fascinating journey of scientific exploration of the universe since the early days when humnakind first stared at the stars in awe. The author not only cites the discoveries that have helped us to understand the cosmos, he clearly demonst
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Mark Fallon
Jun 07, 2015 Mark Fallon rated it really liked it
A great book to get your geek on with! Berkowitz explains the science of our stellar origins. He brilliantly introduces the different concepts to the reader in the order in which they were discovered, making it easier to follow along, and understand the "nature of our ancestors. They were stars."
Jerry
Jan 30, 2013 Jerry rated it liked it
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A very readable book about the intersection of cosmology, chemistry, and biology. It relates the story and history of the scientists who discovered how the elements and compounds were created in the stars. It states that we and all the things around us are made of "stardust."

Here is an example of what can be found in this book:
In 1957 Burbidges, Fowler and Hoyle published “Synthesis of the Elements in Stars.”
“The paper described six different key processes of stellar nucleosynthesis to account f
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Elaine
Mar 04, 2014 Elaine rated it it was amazing
Shelves: science, history
I really loved this book. For the last 3-4 years I have become increasingly interested in all the new frontiers of space exploration. And new, they are. In spite of growing up during the heyday of NASA and the Apollo missions, I cannot honestly claim to have followed it very carefully overall. I think that in the midst of all that life tosses at us (school, work, marriage, parenthood and middle age), it was too easy to assume that all the things we learned about science in high school would rema ...more
Brie
Jan 18, 2013 Brie rated it it was amazing
Wow, have I been lucky with science books this year. First was Gravity's Engines, and now Stardust Revolution. Both 5 star books, but this one was superbly written and layed out all the information very well. Ignore the cover, which seems a little hokey to me...this book is all science and very interesting.

The idea that we are made of 'stardust' is not new to me, but this book does a great job of explaining how scientists reached that conclusion. It's a perfect mix of history and science. Not on
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PEI Public Library Service
Sep 10, 2013 PEI Public Library Service rated it really liked it
The Stardust Revolution: The New Story of Our Origin the Stars
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Jacob Berkowitz

So one of your friends tell you they have to go to Europe to continue the search on their family tree... well, in "The Stardust Revolution: the New Story of Our Origin in the Stars", we continue that journey a good deal further, all the way back to our origin in the stars... talk about extreme genealogy! Author, Jacob Berkowitz, pulls together the current thinking on the origins, evolution, and distribution of life, n
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Lisa
Jun 28, 2013 Lisa rated it liked it
Shelves: non-fiction, science
An informative and mostly brief history of the change in the past ~150 years of our understanding of the cosmos and where we and our planet come from. I found it a bit tedious at first- the author repeats his catchphrase "the stardust revolution" a bit too often, and throws in some anecdotes probably meant to add interest but that just felt like padding. It picked up in the second half, and I'm glad I didn't quit. It also intersected nicely with a few other books I've read lately- several of the ...more
Wendell Fraser
Nov 06, 2012 Wendell Fraser rated it it was amazing
I was looking for a book detailing the scientific history and experiments that supported the idea that star dust is indeed the matter of our planet and us....and the matter of alien life forms and planets too! This book is it.

We are canned starstuff that walks around and thinks. We come from exploded stars and so does the Earth you're standing on right now. All of the atoms of your body down to the calcium in your bones was brewed chemically inside a star for billions of years and then it was re
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Garrett
Sep 29, 2014 Garrett rated it liked it
Interesting and a lot of good historical storytelling (historitelling?) but not a lot of new insights; might be a perspective-changer for anyone whose understanding of evolutionary biology is grounded entirely upon Earth, but I suspect anyone for whom that's true might not read this book anyway.

Would be a great intro to astro-related fields for a younger reader with an interest in shows like Cosmos, or Dr. Neil deGrasse Tyson's work - it expands into the history of astrobiology and astrochemistr
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Sean
Nov 11, 2013 Sean rated it it was ok
I enjoyed the half that I read. This book is not easy to read, I don't know why everyone says that it is. It involves big words and big concepts that were way beyond my understanding. That being said, this is a fascinating topic and there were a lot of anecdotes that I did manage to follow. I did find it funny that Berkowitz uses the phrase "Stardust Revolution" in almost every paragraph of this book.
Glenda
Nov 10, 2012 Glenda rated it it was amazing
in Genesis 2 it says God formed man from the dust of the earth. In the Stardust Revolution, Jacob Berkowski, reveals the true nature of that dust. What is life? How did it evolve? And how it is related to the very cosmos is so much simpler, and ultimately more profound, than we could have imagined. Berkowski does an amazing job of making the science of the profound understandable while maintaining a lively narrative. A must read if you enjoy this genre!
D.L. Morrese
May 02, 2014 D.L. Morrese rated it it was amazing
Astrophysics is normally what people think of when they think of space science, but there is also astrochemistry, astrogeology and even astrobiology. This book highlights discoveries in these subjects and how they provide greater insight about how we and everything else owe our existence to stardust. It's a fascinating read. I recommend it.
Peter Mcloughlin
It is a good book on the alchemy of the stars and how stars build the building blocks of life. It also goes into planet formation and the search for exoplanets. It has some material on the origins of life and speculations on the possibilities of life elsewhere in the universe. I liked it.
Alisha Erin
Jan 29, 2015 Alisha Erin rated it it was amazing
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I loved this book. It was very easy to read, funny, and fascinating. Also, the chapter on "catching stradust" is all about what my mom does for her career. I would recommend this book to anyone and everyone. It was fabulous. I will be buying it and reading it again.
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