v. 3

Catastrophes and Comets

by Victor Clube and Bill Napier

Published 31 August 1999
Focussing upon the more calamitous cosmic events affecting biological evolution and civilization's advance, this book aims to provide a better understanding of the (paradigm) shift in knowledge and social outlook which is taking place at the present time.The book contends that although m an may choose to believe in a benign cosmos, the real cosmos frequently intrudes and these intrusions have a terminating power extending from civilization to the human species as a whole. We now recognize the hazard in the forms of Spenglerian crises, cosmic winters, ice ages, impact catastrophes and mass extinction.