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Record Nr.

UNINA9910300435603321

Autore

Bignami Giovanni F

Titolo

The Mystery of the Seven Spheres [[electronic resource] ] : How Homo sapiens will Conquer Space / / by Giovanni F. Bignami

Pubbl/distr/stampa

Cham : , : Springer International Publishing : , : Imprint : Springer, , 2015

ISBN

3-319-17004-X

Edizione

[1st ed. 2015.]

Descrizione fisica

1 online resource (116 p.)

Disciplina

500.5

509

520

576.8

Soggetti

Astronomy

History

Space sciences

Evolutionary biology

Astrobiology

Popular Science in Astronomy

History of Science

Space Sciences (including Extraterrestrial Physics, Space Exploration and Astronautics)

Evolutionary Biology

Lingua di pubblicazione

Inglese

Formato

Materiale a stampa

Livello bibliografico

Monografia

Note generali

Description based upon print version of record.

Nota di contenuto

Introduction -- Our Earth, our Oceans, the Sky, the Moon -- Mars, Planets, Stars -- Coda.

Sommario/riassunto

In this book, Giovanni Bignami, the outstanding Italian scientist and astronomer, takes the reader on a journey through the “seven spheres”, from our own planet to neighboring stars. The author offers a gripping account of the evolution of Homo Sapiens to the stage where our species is developing capabilities, in the form of new energy propulsion systems, that will enable us to conquer space. The reader will learn how we first expanded our activities to reach beyond our planet, to the



Moon, and how nuclear energy, nuclear fusion, and matter–antimatter annihilation will enable us to extend our exploration. After Mars and Jupiter we shall finally reach the nearest stars, which we now know are surrounded by numerous planets, some of which are bound to be habitable. The book includes enticing descriptions of such newly discovered planets and also brings alive key historical characters in our story, such as Jules Verne and Werner von Braun.