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The Nemesis Affair: A Story of the Death of Dinosaurs and the Ways of Science

 
 
 
 
The Nemesis Affair: A Story of the Death of Dinosaurs and the Ways of Science
Author: David M. Raup
ISBN 13: 9780393319187
ISBN 10: 393319180
Edition: Rev and Expanded ed.
Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company
Publication Date: 1999-11-17
Format: Paperback
Pages: 240
List Price: $14.95
 
 

"David Raup is, to put it baldly and justly, the world's most brilliant paleontologist."-Stephen Jay Gould

Library Journal

In recounting the ``Nemesis Affair,'' Raup aims to elucidate the scientific and journalistic climate in which the idea was born. The story begins with a 1980 paper in Science implicating impact of an extraterrestrial body with Earth as the cause of dinosaur extinction. It proceeds through the later hypothesis that mass extinctions are time-periodic and astrophysicists' suggestions (including ``Nemesis,'' an undiscovered small companion star to our sun) to explain the periodicity. All the hypotheses are still under debate. Raup, an evolutionary biologist at the University of Chicago and a participant in the ``Nemesis Affair,'' is a clear-eyed and frank, if not completely unbiased, reporter. His book makes good reading for anyone curious about ``Nemesis'' or about science. Margery C. Coombs, Zoology Dept., Univ. of Massachusetts, Amherst