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Chemistry of Space
  • Authored by: David E. Newton
  • From the Series: The New Chemistry
  • Trim Size: 6 X 9
  • ISBN-10: 0816052743
  • ISBN-13: 978-0-8160-5274-5
  • Status: In Stock
  • List Price: $35.00
  • Imprint: Facts On File
  • Published: 09/01/2007
  • Dewey Number: 523
  • Reading Level: Grades 6-12
  • Pages: 256

Summary

The field of astrochemistry is constantly changing, and new space probes are sent into the solar system on a regular basis to research astronomical bodies. Chemistry of Space offers an overview of the latest information about the solar system, the planets, comets and meteors, and other features of our universe.

Beginning with an explanation of the origin of the universe, otherwise known as the Big Bang theory, this new book discusses recent developments in our understanding of the chemical composition and chemical changes within new stars, comets and meteors, interstellar space, the planets, and the moon. Biographical sketches of important researchers in this field complete this enlightening volume, giving students a broader perspective of chemistry’s role in space exploration.

Chapters include:

  • The Birth of the Universe
  • The Chemistry of Interstellar Space
  • Formation of the Heavy Elements
  • The Inner Planets
  • The Outer Planets
  • Comets, Meteors, Asteroids, and the Moon.

Specifications

Black-and-white photographs and line illustrations. Index. Appendixes. Bibliography. Glossary. Further reading. Web sources.

About the Author(s)

David E. Newton holds an associate’s degree in science from Grand Rapids Junior College, a B.A. in chemistry and an M.A. in education from the University of Michigan, and a Ph.D. in science education from Harvard University. He taught mathematics and physical sciences, was a professor of chemistry and physics at Salem State College, and was an adjunct professor in the College of Professional Studies at the University of San Francisco. He is the author of more than 400 textbooks, encyclopedias, resource books, research manuals, trade books, and other educational materials, including DNA Evidence and Forensic Science, one volume in Facts On File's Library in a Book series.

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