The Mystery of the Seven Spheres

How Homo sapiens will Conquer Space

  • Giovanni F. Bignami

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-v
  2. Giovanni F. Bignami
    Pages 1-5
  3. Our Earth, Our Oceans, The Sky, The Moon

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 7-9
    2. Giovanni F. Bignami
      Pages 11-21
    3. Giovanni F. Bignami
      Pages 23-32
    4. Giovanni F. Bignami
      Pages 33-39
    5. Giovanni F. Bignami
      Pages 41-52
    6. Giovanni F. Bignami
      Pages 53-63
  4. Mars, Planets, Stars

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 65-67
    2. Giovanni F. Bignami
      Pages 69-84
    3. Giovanni F. Bignami
      Pages 85-98
    4. Giovanni F. Bignami
      Pages 99-111
  5. Back Matter
    Pages 113-118

About this book


In this book, Giovanni Bignami, the outstanding Italian scientist and astronomer, takes the reader on a journey through the “seven spheres”, from our own planet to neighboring stars. The author offers a gripping account of the evolution of Homo Sapiens to the stage where our species is developing capabilities, in the form of new energy propulsion systems, that will enable us to conquer space. The reader will learn how we first expanded our activities to reach beyond our planet, to the Moon, and how nuclear energy, nuclear fusion, and matter–antimatter annihilation will enable us to extend our exploration. After Mars and Jupiter we shall finally reach the nearest stars, which we now know are surrounded by numerous planets, some of which are bound to be habitable. The book includes enticing descriptions of such newly discovered planets and also brings alive key historical characters in our story, such as Jules Verne and Werner von Braun.


Afar Depression in G. Bignami's Book Giovanni Bignami’s Last Book on Exploration Interstellar Voyages in G. Bignami's Book Life Beyond Earth in G. Bignami's Book Nearest Stars in G. Bignami's Book Nuclear Propulsion in G. Bignami's Book Subterranean Satellites

Authors and affiliations

  • Giovanni F. Bignami
    • 1
  1. 1.Italian Institute for Astrophysics, INAFRomeItaly

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer International Publishing Switzerland 2015
  • Publisher Name Springer, Cham
  • eBook Packages Physics and Astronomy
  • Print ISBN 978-3-319-17003-9
  • Online ISBN 978-3-319-17004-6
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