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Comets: Creators and Destroyers

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David Levy brings these "ghostly apparitions" to life. With fascinating scenarios both real and imagined, he shows how comets have wreaked their special havoc on Earth and other planets. Beginning with ground zero as comets take form, we track the paths their icy, rocky masses take around our universe and investigate the enormous potential that future comets have to direct ...more
ebook, 256 pages
Published May 20th 1998 by Touchstone (first published 1998)
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Richard
Sep 10, 2014 Richard rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
If we take the spiritual premise, and we should that the mind/chitta/nous etc. solidifies in the material world first as breath/spirit/pneuma etc. and then as sperm. We see the same thing with the cosmos the meteorological storm and finally as comets. I was first attracted to this book because of Eliade's "The Forge and the Crucible" and "Violent Origins: Walter Burkert, Rene Girard and Jonathan Z. Smith on Ritual Killing and Cultural Formation". Eliade presents the idea that iron first found an ...more
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An excellent eye opener to comets
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He used an excessive amount of exclamation points and an awkward "doomsday" fiction chapter.
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David Levy is a prominent astronomer and author, most famous for his co-discovery in 1993 of Comet Shoemaker-Levy 9, which collided with the planet Jupiter in 1994.

Levy was born in Canada, but now lives in Arizona. He has been involved with astronomy, as an observer, promoter, and author, for his entire adult life. Levy has discovered twenty two comets, given innumerable lectures, television appea
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“Comets are like cats: they have tails, and they do precisely what they want.” 6 likes
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