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The Big Splat, or How Our Moon Came to Be

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The first popular book to explain the dramatic theory behind the Moon's genesisThis lively science history relates one of the great recent breakthroughs in planetary astronomy-a successful theory of the birth of the Moon. Science journalist Dana Mackenzie traces the evolution of this theory, one little known outside the scientific community: a Mars-sized object collided wi ...more
Hardcover, 240 pages
Published March 1st 2003 by Wiley
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On the surface, this is a book that looks like it's just going to explain how the moon originated and the currently accepted theory that it happened after a massive collision with another astral body nearly the size of Mars. This book is much, much more than just that. Dana Mackenzie takes us ALL the way back to early Greek philosophers and how they viewed the moon and theorized it's existence. He then takes us step-by-step through time and human history to trace all major theories (okay - some ...more
I'm not a humongous fan of reading Non-Fiction for pleasure. Non-Fic is to be studied and used in my own creations via notes etc. (or in the past, studied and tests taken on the subjects). That said, when I saw the author, Dana Mackenzie on the TV Show "The Universe" talking about this 'new' theory (hey, it was new to me) that the moon, our moon, was created by a 'great impact', it intrigued me. I realized that I had never really thought about how the moon came to be. I have no doubt that at som ...more
Great book. Most astro-physics books are about the beginning of the universe
This a good look about the origins of our moon specifically. Very informative from both a scientific and historical view point.
I think that this is a very well written book about the origins of our moon. I learned a number of things that I did not know. I'd read this again.
David R.
Mackenzie does a decent job discussing some of the early theories of the Moon (capture, fission, etc.) but when it comes to the theory pertinent to the book, there's not much. The topic is raced through and there's little detail. Finally, there is a very odd appendix concerned with conspiracy theorists. A good start, but it needed work.
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Interesting book about the origins of the Moon and the many theories that were tried then found wanting. Evidently a very large planet - the size of Mars - hit the Earth and sent material into space. The material came together and created the Moon. At times tedious but overall an interesting book.
This book contains much background material found in other books, for instance Moon Lore. The meat of the science can be found in the May 2008 issue of Astronomy magazine, though the narrative is a bit more involved and extensively documented. A good read.
Raymond Schiller
A must read to understand the science controvery about the moon and the earth!
David Lombardo
An excellent book on The Moon...I'm re-reading it.
Chris Brimmer
Breezy style and personal. Fun quick read.
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