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Autore: William E. Burrows
Titolo: The Survival Imperative: Using Space to Protect Earth
Anno: 2005
Editore: Oxford University Press, USA
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"Burrows (Deep Black) provides a catalogue of catastrophes that might destroy civilization as we know it. His list is long and includes the usual suspects; a devastating impact by an asteroid or comet, nuclear holocaust, famine, earthquakes, hurricanes. The impact of all of these potential catastrophes might be mitigated, he argues, if we intelligently develop a program for humans to colonize space. This should become the prime goal of NASA, which, he says in an insightful analysis, has lacked a well-defined mission since the goal of landing on the moon was reached. If we remain localized on a single planet, we are susceptible to extinction. While his writing is lively, Burrows, director of the graduate Science and Environmental Reporting Program at NYU, is not fully successful because the book is fragmented, jumping from an analysis of the risks of nuclear attack during the Cold War to the probabilities of a massive asteroid hitting the Earth and then shifting to a discussion of the need for a human presence on the moon, with asides on the nature of modern terrorism. Although there's much of interest, it doesn't come together into a coherent package."
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“Burrows’s richly documented book tells the story of how simple earthlings—fallible creatures living under imperfect political systems—transcended foibles, corruption, depravity and flawed machines to discover other worlds and, what is more important, their own. For the space enthusiast, Burrows offers a complete, authoritative history of the technology that allowed us to explore space and the people who created and managed that technology.”—Publishers Weekly on This New Ocean

“‘When the history of this century is written,’ Burrows says, ‘the story of mankind's first breaking gravity's relentless hold and touching places beyond Earth will be one of its most exciting and important chapters.’ Burrows tells the story engagingly.... all the milestones of the first space age appear in the rich tapestry Burrows has woven.” —Scientific American on This New Ocean

“The most successful general survey of space history yet to appear.” —The New York Times on This New Ocean

"William Burrows has written the missing book on space-based intelligence systems." —McGeorge Bundy on Deep Black


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