"Altschuler writes with such clarity in Children of the Stars that even younger readers can gain an understanding of the complexities of the universe from reading it. Accompanying Alschuler's text is a mosaic of photographs so brilliant that they are a close runner-up to actually staring up at the sky on a clear summer night." Cornell Chronicle
"...a slim, elegant and richly illustrated book for the general reader that somehow manages to convey the most important concepts of virtually all the scientific disciplines-astronomy, physics, chemistry, biology, evolutionary theory, geology." New York Times Book Review
"...a marvelously presented scientific tour through the mysteries of the cosmos, looking at what science has to say about how we came to be here, and whether we are alone in the universe. Written in plain terms easily accessible to the nonspecialist general reader, and illustrated with beautiful color drawings and photograph, Children of the Stars is a remarkable and enthusiastically recommended vision of galactic enigmas and beyond. Highly recommended for personal, school, and community library astronomy reference collections." Library Bookwatch
"He tells how our species came to be, from the ashes of exploded stars to the rise of complex molecules to the role of massive impacts of space-borne debris in evolution.... The book is well written in a lively style ... appropriate for those with strong backgrounds in the sciences. Such readers wwill glean much from the book." Choice
"Altschuler brings a passion and attitude to his writing that makes Children of the Stars lively and personal. He delights in fascinating factoids...and provides humorous comments..Altschuler's book is a fun read...would be a great gift to excite anyone." Nature
A book for the general reader dealing with the intimate and surprisin g connection between stars, our planet, and life. Investigating aspects of physics, astronomy, geology and palaeontology, Children of the Stars is also, in a broad sense, a book about the environment, emphasizing the deep connection between us and all fellow travellers, from bacteria to chimpanzees. Fully illustrated and easy to read, with wit and erudition, it will make the reader see our world in a whole new light.