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  • Hardcover: 276 pages
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press; First Edition edition (May 3, 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0521812127
  • ISBN-13: 978-0521812122
  • Product Dimensions: 10.2 x 7.1 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,481,255 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"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

Book Description

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.

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Daniel Roberto Altschuler Stern nació en Montevideo, Uruguay, hijo de inmigrantes alemanes que huyeron del Shoah. Se crió hablando alemán en su casa y español en la calle, donde también jugaba al fútbol con una pelota de trapo. Un gol que le dio la victoria en el último minuto al equipo del Instituto Max Planck de Radioastronomía en Alemania, para el cual jugaba, fue su momento de gloria. Luego de eso, todo fue cuesta abajo.
Obtuvo su doctorado en Física en la Universidad de Brandeis en Massachussets luego de lo cual hizo estudios posgraduados en la Universidad de Maryland. Su trabajo de investigación se relacionaba con los cuáseres y el hidrógeno en galaxias, publicando numerosos trabajos en revistas profesionales.
En el 1981 fue nombrado Catedrático en el Departamento de Física de la Universidad de Puerto Rico, Recinto de Río Piedras, y en 1991, Director del Observatorio de Arecibo, cargo que ocupó hasta el 2003. Bajo su dirección se construyó en el Observatorio un museo, que ha sido visitado por sobre un millón de personas.
En el 2006 y 2012 ocupó la Cátedra UNESCO del patronato Sur-Norte de la Universidad de Valencia en España.
Su obra Hijos de las Estrellas, publicada por Cambridge University Press y luego por Akal (Madrid) y traducida al Inglés (Children of the Stars, Cambridge University Press) e Italiano, "L'Universo e l'origine della vita" (2005), Milano, Mondadori), es el resultado de su preocupación por el poco conocimiento científico que tiene un gran sector del público y de su gran interés en la divulgación científica. Es coautor de la obra Ciencia, Pseudociencia y Educación, escrita junto con Joaquín Medín y Edwin Nuñez, publicada en 2004 (segunda edición 2007) por Ediciones Callejón de Puerto Rico. Su libro Mokita en Blanco y Negro (2006), editado por Foca (Madrid) ha sido muy bien acogido por la crítica. El escritor Wilfredo Mattos lo describe como Un libro duro, políticamente incorrectísimo y refractario a las concesiones". Su trabajo ha sido premiado en más de una ocasión por el Instituto de Literatura Puertorriqueña. Su más reciente libro publicado por Equipo Sirius (Madrid): Extraterrestres, Humanos, Dioses y Estrellas, (2009) recoge una serie de ensayos acerca de los cuales dice Eduardo Galeano:
El autor es pariente del cielo, por parte del sol, y pariente de la tierra, por parte de una celulita anónima que vivió hace tres mil quinientos millones de años. Desde su observatorio astronómico, él mira hacia arriba, hacia abajo y a los costados, y así va espiando los pasos de sus dos familias. En este libro, nos invita a compartir lo que ve. Vale la pena hacerle caso: este científico raro escribe con buena música, letra clara y sentido del humor. Se agradece.
En el 2010 recibió el premio Andrew Gemant del American Institute of Physics (AIP). Este premio reconoce los logros y contribuciones para llevar la dimensión humanística, cultural y artística de la Física al público general y se otorga anualmente. Comparte este importante galardón con figuras como Stephen Hawkings (Cambridge), Alan P. Lightman (MIT), Steven Weinberg (Premio Nobel, U. Texas), y Freeman Dyson (Institute for Advanced Study) entre otros.

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Raymond Gonzalez on September 10, 2002
Format: Hardcover
From the rising of a beautiful sunny summer day, and enjoying life, to looking up at the stars, and seeing them in a different light. This book was very enjoyable. Most books on Astronomy, Evolution, Atmosphere, Geophysics etc. are basically just that, one subject matter and lightly cover over all others. In this book we are first taken on a journey of those that have contributed in most fields of science from the ground up as well as to the extremes of the universe. It brings to
mind the responsibility that all mankind has and how all mankind should have at least a basic knowledge of the sciences. It also becomes apparent that people have become unconcerned or
disinterested in what goes on, on our beautiful planet, and this magnificent universe that we are privileged to be a part of. This book should be read by professionals as well as those who know very little about the sciences. It could very well change peoples mind for the better, and get them interested in real science instead of dwelling on the fictional part of it. Hopefully, after reading this book people will come to realize that they also have a part to play in the world of science. It reminds us that it is time for each one of us to be responsible citizens of the world.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on June 21, 2002
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A friend gave me a copy of Altschuler's book "Children of the Stars". Once I started reading it, it dawns on me that this guy can write. It is a bit of a tour de forces on the scientific foundations of the natural world, but written with clarity, a sense of humor and a great deal of passion. His prose is eminently readable, and I swear I sensed some of Gould, Dawkins, and Alan Lightman ability to describe while preserving focus. This is a book for the scientist and the scientist at heart. The author goes from the first few seconds of the universe to the wanders of molecular biology, showing the threads that ties it all into a unified entity, nature.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Midwest Book Review on July 11, 2002
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Children Of The Stars: Our Origin, Evolution And Destiny by Daniel R. Altschuler (Director of the National Astronomy and Ionosphere Center's Arecibo Observatory) is 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 non-specialist general reader, and illustrated with beautiful color drawings and photographs, 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.
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