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Countdown To Apocalypse : A Scientific Exploration Of The End Of The World - Paul Halpern

Countdown To Apocalypse

A Scientific Exploration Of The End Of The World

Paperback Published: 1st January 2000
ISBN: 9780738203584
Number Of Pages: 296

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Inspired by the end of the millennium, celebrated science writer Paul Halpern tackles the fate of human civilization and our planet in this meditation on the end of the world. Beginning with the religious origins of the idea of apocalypse, Halpern shows how science has borrowed the metaphor to describe potential worldwide catastrophes. He spins out various scenarios for destruction, from nuclear war and global warming to a great flood and a new Ice Age. He argues that while human history will someday come to a close-even if we survived for billions of years, we would eventually face the end of the universe itself-in the meantime we have gained extraordinary control over our fate as a species. Faced with the power to steer our planet toward paradise or transform it into hell, he says, we must take steps to avoid those catalysts of apocalypse that are within our control.

Preface Terrors of the New Millenniump. 11
Acknowledgmentsp. 17
Introduction Elegy to Extinctionp. 19
p. 41
the Floods of Babylon: Early Apocalyptic Ideasp. 43
the Plague of Florence: Medieval Perspectivesp. 61
the War for Eternity: Modern Apocalyptic Notionsp. 89
Angry Earth Worldly Apocalypsep. 117
the Snows of Yosemite: Ice Age Cyclesp. 119
The Fires of Hiroshima Nuclear Armageddonp. 135
the Skies Over Antarctica: Environmental Nightmaresp. 155
Fatal Equations: Cosmic Apocalypsep. 175
In the Days of the Cometp. 177
Angry Red Sunp. 213
with a Bang or a Whimper: The End of Spacep. 237
Epilogue: Triumph Over Fearp. 267
Referencesp. 271
Related Readingp. 277
Apocalypse-Related Web Sitesp. 283
Indexp. 285
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ISBN: 9780738203584
ISBN-10: 0738203580
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 296
Published: 1st January 2000
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 20.32 x 13.16  x 1.98
Weight (kg): 0.35
Edition Number: 1