THE COSMIC ORIGINS
The Stardust Revolution in the first in an upcoming trilogy of non-fiction books that trace the histoy of the intersection of biology and astronomy to reveal our cosmic origins.
The second book, now in the works, is a compelling biography of Mount Wilson astronomer Paul Willard Merrill, the man who discovered the evolving universe.
I"Delightfully readable...Iluminates the greatest scientific story of our time."
Steven J. Dick, former NASA chief historian
The Stardust Revolution tells the story of a scientific revolution in the making—the Stardust Revolution. Today, stardust science is revealing an amazing new part of what it means to be human, the story of our origin in the stars.
Twentieth-century astronomy was dominated by astrophysics, the search for the physical origins and structure of the universe. Now a new breed of scientists—astrobiologists and astrochemists—are taking the study of life into the space age. Astrobiologists study the origins, evolution and distribution of life, not just on Earth, but in the universe. These stardust scientists aren’t probing the universe’s physical structure, but rather its biological nature. Evolutionary theory is entering the space age.
“Read it and you’ll never look at the night sky, or yourself, the same way again.”
Caleb Scharf, director of astrobiology, Columbia University
"Jurassic Poop works brilliantly. First there's the potty angle....backed up with sound science and careful descriptions...Any young reader...will love Jurassic Poop. " Starred Review, Quill and Quire
GET THE INSIDE SCOOP ON ANCIENT POOP!
Left by an animal long ago, this durable doo-doo survived the long journey through the ages. It started out stinky, but now it’s frozen, dried or turned to rock. To a scientist, it’s anything but gross — it’s a priceless artifact that can help piece together the puzzle of ancient life.
Funny and informative, Jurassic Poop, is flush with amazing facts, stories and activities. Learn how to spot ancient poop impostors. Meet dung detectives getting to the bottom of history’s hind-end mysteries. Find out how poop gets preserved and discover what it can tell us about dinosaurs, humans and many other animals from long ago. So hold your nose and take a journey back in time to see what tales ancient poop has to tell.
Winner, 2007 American Institute of Physics
Kid’s Book Award
“Out of This World is the total package. It combines accessible content with colour and creativity, and is sure to engage and fascinate curious Earthlings of all ages.”
Canadian Children’s Book News, Fall 2009
When I was born in 1964 we knew of nine planets in the entire universe, those from Mercury out to Pluto. When anyone looked into the inky night sky, they could see millions of stars, but we didn’t know if these distant suns shone on alien worlds. Now we do. In 1995 astronomers discovered the first exoplanet – a planet around a star other than the Sun. To date we’ve found more than 400, all of which are large, Jupiter-like gas planets.
Now the search is on to discover the first, rocky Earth-like planet – an alien Earth. It’s one of the greatest quests in human history, and readers of Out of This World belong to the generation that will be transformed by a new view of the cosmos.
I was initially asked to write a book about UFOs and crop circles. I said: The real story of the search for alien life is way more interesting! Today, astrobiologists aren’t searching just for aliens in spaceships, but entire living planets.
Out of This World tells this amazing story.
“Jacob Berkowitz is the best kind of kids’ science writer…he writes with competence, humour, a clear love of science and the art of sharing that love with young readers.” Quill and Quire Summer, 2009