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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 sci ...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 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
Alex Binkley
Jan 21, 2019 rated it really liked it
Interesting--lots to think about. I will probably read it again some time in the future as it touches on a lot of topics I'm interested in. ...more
Mark Fallon
Jun 07, 2015 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." ...more
Sara G
Aug 16, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is a fascinating look at how Earth, and all life on it, is literally made of elements created and formed in the stars. It's a little densely scientific in some parts, but the author does a fantastic job of making it readable and accessible to a layperson like myself. This is an interesting subject for me and I enjoyed learning more of the science behind the ideas. ...more
Aug 30, 2019 rated it it was ok
Holy alteration, Batman!
John Handforth
Jul 18, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Turns out, we are stardust.
Jan 30, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: science
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
Mar 04, 2014 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
Dec 25, 2012 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
Mar 11, 2013 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 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
Sep 24, 2014 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
Sean Begley
Jan 05, 2013 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. ...more
Nov 10, 2012 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 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. ...more
Jan 29, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2015
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. ...more
May 05, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: astronomy, nature, science
Fascinating look at our connections to the stars and the universe that produces life.
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