Marker mark on page edge Pages are clean and binding is tight


10 thoughts on “The Scientific American Book of the Cosmos

  1. James F James F says:

    This is an anthology of 44 articles, most originally published in Scientific American magazine and a few specially commissioned for the book, on various topics of astronomy I assumed that it would be mostly on cosmology, but actually the emphasis ison the planets and other bodies of the solar system, including Earth and the evolution of life The chapters , ranging from three to eight articles each, are on the birth of the universe, galaxy formation, the Milky Way, the genesis of the sol This is an anthology of 44 articles, most originally published in Scientific American magazine and a few specially commissioned for the book, on various topics of astronomy I assumed that it would be mostly on cosmology, but actually the emphasis ison the planets and other bodies of the solar system, including Earth and the evolution of life The chapters , ranging from three to eight articles each, are on the birth of the universe, galaxy formation, the Milky Way, the genesis of the solar system, the planetary tour, life on Earthand elsewhere, the microverse, and speculations on beginnings and endings but the articles do not always fit into the categories.The articles, being written by different authors from different perspectives about questions which are still open, are frequently contradictory Unfortunately, the dates the articles were originally published aren t given so it s not possible to trace any development in the arguments Presumably, with the exception of a few obviously historical articles by figures such as Einstein, Schrodinger and Crick, most of the articles are from the five or six years prior to the publication of the book in 2000 Another problem with it is that it was not supplied with an index, so it is difficult to compare the discussions in separate articles of the same questions The book was better than I had hoped for I stopped reading Scientific American which I had read faithfully every month for about twenty years when it was bought from Freeman Publishers by some Murdoch subsidiary and dumbed down, but perhaps it was not dumbed down as much as I remember or the process began after 2000 because these are almost all interesting articles without too much of the gosh wow that infects most popular science writing


  2. Dewayne Stark Dewayne Stark says:

    Too bad it didn t have an index to the articles