Incoming!: Or, Why We Should Stop Worrying and Learn to Love the Meteorite

We imagine meteorites as bringers of death and destruction, but in this lively challenge to orthodox thinking, Ted Nield describes how meteorites may have helped create life on Earth.
Incoming Or Why We Should Stop Worrying and Learn to Love the Meteorite We imagine meteorites as bringers of death and destruction but in this lively challenge to orthodox thinking Ted Nield describes how meteorites may have helped create life on Earth

  • Title: Incoming!: Or, Why We Should Stop Worrying and Learn to Love the Meteorite
  • Author: Ted Nield
  • ISBN: 9781847082411
  • Page: 217
  • Format: Hardcover
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    1. Hardly anyone seems to have read this book, and it has a stupid title and a stupid cover. It seemed reasonable to assume that the content would be stupid too, but in the event I was pleasantly surprised; it turns out to be an elegant little study of how the scientific process works in a practical case. The author, a geologist, seems to know a great deal about meteoritics, and he does a fine job of explaining the tangled story. He is particularly good at finding odd connections: the historical fi [...]

    2. What was the publisher thinking of? Dead set, this book is actually called Incoming!: Or, why we should stop worrying and learn to love the meteorite. Maybe Hoyle was right, maybe we are ruled by extra-terrestrial sentient cockroaches and this is their idea of a joke.The thing that is so monumentally unfair about this title is that the book is terrific, but who’d guess? Who’d give a book a chance having laboured through that dreadful, dreadful title with, on top of it, an exclamation point f [...]

    3. The reader should certainly not be put off by the Stanley Kubric style of the book's title. Ted Nield writes on geology, stellar nucleosynthesis, micropalaeontology or the Great Ordovician Biodiversification Event in a similarly entertaining way that Bill Bryson writes travelogues. 2011's 'Incoming' has Dr.Strangenield explain to us how any large visitor from the Asteroid Belt need not be the cause of mass extinction that the modern movies are prone to depict. Bringing his lifetime knowledge of [...]

    4. This book is a great introduction to the history and development of meteoritics. If you're already familiar with this history then Part III of the book will be of greatest interest. Here the story correlates the Great mid-Ordovician Biological Event with an increase in meteorite bombardment. The destruction wrought by increased meteor impacts created favorable conditions for new types of undersea flora and fauna to thrive in.The potential role that meteoritic bombardment played in increasing bio [...]

    5. Well now I know that a lot I thought I knew about the impact of impacts (meteorite impacts that is) was wrong – but this fine book also showed how my understanding evolved so badly. The book documents the science, the evolution of each step in the changing understanding of that science, and even to some extent covers its reporting and use in popular culture. All this and a great cover design as well.

    6. The quirky title drew me in, I admit and I expected something a bit light-hearted but informative and that’s what it is… mostly. This is one of the most comprehensive books I have ever read on the history of the meteorite. Most astrophysics and astronomy books deal with some of the bigger ideas that most people are interested in and rarely deal with something so specific. Meteorites are rarely dealt with except in terms of “they’re gonna kill us allllll!!!!” This books sets out to corr [...]

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