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Shoemaker by Levy:
The Man Who Made an Impact
David H. Levy

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"This book is a wonderful read; it is very hard to put down once you start to flick through the pages, and it often brings a smile to your face. . . . The author covers so much of Shoemaker's life that the reader is taken through the most exciting periods in the history of planetary science, so not only do you get a biography of an inspirational man, but you get an inside view of the development of astrogeology from its creation to the present day. . . . Well written, fun, and a marvellous story of a man who made an impact on a subject that no other person is ever likely to be able to repeat."--Sarah Dunkin, The Observatory

"This is a book for anyone interested in modern planetary sciences, in the progression and expansion of classical geology into, literally, other worlds. . . . Gene's brilliance, energy, wit, and his science show through in every chapter."--Susan W. Kieffer, Physics Today

"[Levy] skillfully describes Shoemaker's work and sharply delineates his strong personality."--Scientific American


"A match made in the heavens. David Levy, the 'patron saint' of comet hunters, is uniquely qualified to write this definitive biography of Eugene Shoemaker, the renegade geologist who first figured out that Earth moves within a shooting gallery of asteroids and comets that intermittently plunge into Earth's surface and wreak global catastrophe upon this delicate assortment of molecules we call life."--Neil deGrasse Tyson, Director, Hayden Planetarium, Rose Center for Earth & Space

"Rarely can there have been a scientist held both in as much respect and in as much affection as Gene Shoemaker. And rarely can there have been a scientific story as inspirational as Gene's lonely and patient telescope search for comets and asteroids with his wife, Carolyn, and their friend David Levy. It was a fitting culmination to the Shoemaker legend when they discovered the spectacular train of comet fragments which crashed into Jupiter in 1994. No one is better suited to tell the story of Gene and Carolyn than David Levy, in this remarkable book."--Walter Alvarez, author of T. rex and the Crater of Doom (Princeton)

"Eugene Shoemaker was one of the leading planetary scientists since the field began half a century ago, and his life, which was fascinating indeed, should long be a topic of interest in the intellectual history of the twentieth century. As Shoemaker's collaborator in the discovery of the comet Shoemaker-Levy 9, David Levy is the preeminently qualified individual to write his biography. He has accomplished the task splendidly. This biography is comprehensive, balanced between personal vignettes and scientific work, well written, fun to read, and authoritative."--Clark R. Chapman, Institute Scientist, Southwest Research Institute

"One of this century's greatest scientists, Eugene Shoemaker practically invented the field of astrogeology, performing cutting edge research on terrestrial impact cratering right up to his untimely death. Only David Levy could have written such a lucid and personal biography of this man. Moreover, he provides excellent background material to help the general reader understand the evolution of the scientific theories to which Shoemaker contributed."--Paul W. Chodas, Research Scientist, Jet Propulsion Laboratory

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