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The Big Splat Or How Our Moon Came to Be

Popular Science Out of Print
By: Dana Mackenzie
232 pages, B/w illus, figs, tabs
The Big Splat
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  • The Big Splat ISBN: 9780471150572 Hardback Mar 2003 Out of Print #138789
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About this book

First popular book to explain one of the great recent breakthroughs in planetary astronomy, a successful theory of the Moon's genesis. Science journalist Dana Mackenzie traces the evolution of this theory. Beginning with notions of the Moon in ancient cosmologies, Mackenzie relates the fascinating history of lunar speculation, moving from Galileo and Kepler to George Darwin (son of Charles) and the Apollo astronauts.


Introduction: Genesis Revised. 1. A Highly Practical Stone. 2. The Stone Star. 3. Kepler Laughed. 4. The Clockwork Solar System. 5. Daughter Moon. 6. Captive Moon. 7. Sister Moon. 8. Renaissance and Controversy. 9. "A Little Science on the Moon". 10. When Worlds Collide. 11. The Kona Consensus. 12. Introducing Theia. Appendix: Did We Really Go to the Moon? Glossary. References. Acknowledgments. Index.

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Popular Science Out of Print
By: Dana Mackenzie
232 pages, B/w illus, figs, tabs
Media reviews

"[...] Dana Mackenzie [...] reveals the truth [...]"
The Mail on Sunday, 30 March 2003

"A most useful and interesting book."
– Patrick Moore in New Scientist

"[...] an absorbing and informative account of the quest to explain the genesis of the moon[...]"
Astronomy & Space, June 2003

"[...] fascinating! For everyone with even the slightest interest in astronomy [...] an insightful and entertaining read [...]"
M2 Best Books, 14 July 2003

"Besides telling an interesting tale well and elucidating how science progresses, Mackenzie's book emphasizes the fact that impacts have been the primary creative and destructive process throughout the history of the Solar System."

"The Big Splat is a superb exploration of an important chapter in the history of Earth and its satellite. Every Moon – buff will want a copy."

" [...] a comprehensive travelogue of lunar nativities throughout history [...] "
Astronomy Now, March 2004

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