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The Stars Of Heaven

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Do a little armchair space travel, rub elbows with alien life forms, and stretch your mind to the furthest corners of our uncharted universe. With this astonishing guide book, The Stars of Heaven, you need not be an astronomer to explore the mysteries of stars and their profound meaning for human existence.
Stars have fascinated humankind since the dawn of history and hav
Published December 20th 2001 by Oxford University Press, USA (first published January 1st 2001)
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Oct 11, 2015 marked it as to-read
Shelves: astronomy
Author presents the topics in his book using discussions: "To facilitate your journey, I start most chapters
with a dialogue between two or three quirky explorers who study stars."

1. Without stars, there could be no skulls .. Now I look at the saber-tooth tiger's skull, so massive, so deadly. Without stars, the tiger racing across the savanna fades away, ghostlike. There are no iron atoms for its blood, no oxygen for it to breathe, no carbon for its proteins and DNA.
2. But we also need t
Dan Morrill
Nov 04, 2009 rated it it was amazing
If you are into astronomy at all, then i would recommend this book. It is well written, and does a superb job of explaining topics that can become complicated.

It is set into chapters, with a continuing story first in each chapter (like any other book), then a second part of each chapter that actually explains the science behind the stroy in the first half of the chapter.

One of my favorite books, actually...
So, I think it was the whole "fictional dialogue between futuristic humans and their alien peers" thing that killed this for me--I just didn't find it particularly useful or interesting, and at times it just seemed...well, really cheesy. I found it really annoyingly distracting. But I am clearly in the minority on that.
Mar 15, 2010 rated it liked it
Very mathematical, but fascinating even for a maths dummy! Baptises the imagination; informs without boring. There is a science-fiction thread running through it, which lightens the read for people like me, who are not maths fiends.It is blowing my mind with the greatness of the Universe.
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Clifford A. Pickover is an American author, editor, and columnist in the fields of science, mathematics, and science fiction, and is employed at the IBM T. J. Watson Research Center in Yorktown, New York.

He received his Ph.D. in 1982 from Yale University's Department of Molecular Biophysics and Biochemistry, where he conducted research on X-ray scattering and protein structure. Pickover graduated
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