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The Cosmic Serpent

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ISBN-13: 978-0876633793
ISBN-10: 0876633793
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 299 pages
  • Publisher: Universe Pub (August 1982)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0876633793
  • ISBN-13: 978-0876633793
  • Product Dimensions: 8.6 x 5.5 x 1.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.3 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #657,726 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Laura Knight-Jadczyk on December 10, 2012
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If you have never read this book and you like rational explanations for things, then you are in for a treat. This is THE book that explains the origins of religion in our ancient past. Along the way, you will learn a lot of science and odd, interesting facts about our sky and our historical past. It's well written, entertaining, not heavy on math or jargon, and it really ought to be required reading in all high schools.
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The first 6 chapters of this book (half the size of the book) consist of a qualitative introduction to comets, their possible origins, and their evolutionary paths within the solar system as well as their interactions with the inner planets of the solar system, especially Earth. The presentation is at the level of a typical Scientific American article and assumes a certain familiarity with common astronomical concepts such as eccentricity, perihelion, etc. I found the material quite interesting even though the prose was rather boring and at the organization, at times, confusing. These chapters contain many figures, plates, and references to more technical scientific literature - in case one wants to gain a deeper and more precise knowledge of this fascinating subject.

The chief purpose of these 6 chapters is to persuade the reader that comets of varying sizes and speeds have struck the Earth in its history at rather regular intervals. And further, that commentary collisions could have caused glaciation, mass extinctions. In this, they have been convincing, in my opinion.

Starting with chapter 7, the authors attempt to recover traces of Earth's encounter with comets preserved in human record. They mention Chinese & Korean sources that had documented observing comets in the sky but then proceed, in a not-very-convincing manner, to identify comets with ancient myths & legends of the Greeks, the Egyptians, the Hebrews and other ancient people.

The weakest chapter of the book, titled "1369 BC", is an attempt to account for the story of Exodus in Torah, the myth of Flood of the Sumerians, the destruction of Knossos and other such events by attributing them to Earth colliding with one (or multiple) comets of varying sizes.
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Ancient man looked at comets as the gods and one particular giant comet as the very Devil himself -- Ahriman. Zoroaster said this object returned about every 12,000 years ... or twice with every precession of the equinoxes. In their books Cosmic Serpent and Cosmic Winter, Victor Clube and Bill Napier are saying we have not escaped the cloud of debris that periodically upset our ancestors. In their estimation, there is a one- or two-percent chance within any human lifetime that a multi-megaton impact will take place on our tiny planet. If you have ever worried about disasters of Biblical proportions, this book is a classic.
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The authors present wondrous information about what some still consider unconventional science and astronomy. This work is of major significance in the quest for real truth in science, history, and myth.
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By jonsnow on December 24, 2015
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