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Weaving natural history, memoir, and the
stories of maverick scientists, daring adventurers, and stargazing dreamers,
this epic work takes us from Antarctica to outer space to tell the tale of
how the study of meteorites became a scientific passion.
A famed polar explorer who risked personal ruin—and the lives of his crew—in
a quest for massive iron meteorites hidden in an Arctic wasteland.
A nervy, obscure professor who staked his life against the scientific
indifference of his day to become the world’s most prominent meteorite
collector and researcher.
An Australian scientist confronted with a geological mystery in the
Outback—the key to which might yet unlock a secret of evolution on planet
These characters and many other collectors, researchers, dreamers, schemers,
and ordinary people populate Christopher Cokinos' The Fallen Sky.
Through their foibles and successes, their adventures and tragedies, Cokinos
unfolds the panoramic history of how science came to understand
meteorites—the rocks that fall from space to the Earth—and how these stones
reveal truths not only of the solar system, but of the human heart as well.
Isotope's future is in peril. Funding has
been cut from the Utah State University, the managing editor's salary has been
with drawn, and critical operating funds are absent In a recent
letter to Isotope readers, Cokinos asked for public support.
you plan to donate to Isotope, please provide us with the following
information along with your donation: name, address, phone (optional),
e-mail (optional, but very helpful),
amount of donation (made out to Isotope) and the
purpose of donation (Managing Editor Salary Replacement Fund, Printing
Costs, Discretionary or Other [specify]). Mail to: Isotope,
Department of English, Utah State University, 3200 Old Main Hill, Logan, UT
"Here are some ways you can help:
Donations. Any amount helps. Cash donations will contribute
to the publication of the next issue and will buy us time to put in place
longer-term solutions. They also show the university the extent of reader
support. Mail to Isotope, Dept of English, 3200 Old Main Hill, Logan,
Words. University administration knows and values
Isotope's achievements- but it would be good for USU's decision-makers to
hear from our loyal and smart readers. From you. And right away! Please
consider dropping a polite note of support to USU Provost Ray Coward and USU
President Stan Albrecht, Old Main, USU, Logan, Utah 84322.
Thank you for considering taking some action on behalf of
Isotope. Whatever you do, whatever you decide, we hope you will stay
engaged in the decisions made in your communities-local to state to national to
global-for we're living in a time when citizen engagement can make an even
bigger difference than in the recent past. We'll keep you informed about
Cokinos work explores the intersection of science, culture,
and wonder. His newest book has already garnered rave reviews from Richard
Rhodes and Chet Raymo. Read an
interview with Cokinos.