Epic of Evolution

Epic of Evolution

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How do the atoms in our body relate to the universe in general? How did everything around us-the air, the land, the sea, the stars-originate? From where and indeed from what did we come? What is the source of order, form, and structure characterizing all material things? These are just some of the grand scientific questions Eric Chaisson explores in his enthralling history of the universe. Explaining cutting-edge discoveries and a range of ideas and theories, Chaisson's work provides a creative and coherent synthesis of current scientific thinking on the universe's beginnings. He takes us on a tour of the seven ages of the cosmos, from the formless era of radiation through the origins of human culture. Along the way, he examines the development of the most microscopic and the most immense aspects of our universe and the complex ways they interact. Chaisson also elucidates the modern paradigm of cosmic evolution, discussing the contemporary scientific view that all objects-from quarks and quasars to microbes and the human mind-are interrelated. Researchers in all the natural sciences are beginning to identify an underlying pattern penetrating the fabric of existence-a sweepingly encompassing view of the formation, structure, and function of all objects in our multitudinous universe. Epic of Evolution offers a stunning view of how various changes, operating across almost incomprehensible domains of space and nearly inconceivable stretches of time, have given rise to our galaxy, our star, our planet, and ourselves.See also electromagnetic force magnetosphere, 232a€“33 mammals, 324a€“25, 328; brain, 362a€“64 manual dexterity, 388a€“89, 410 marine plankton, 302 Mars, 191, 237a€“39; meteorites from, 312a€“14 maser process, 146a€“47 mass, curvature of spacetime and, 14, 16a€“18, 98a€“99, 101 ... 183 Matter Era, 62a€“63, 131, 287, 434; galaxy formation and, 107, 109, 112 Maxwell Montes mountain chain (Venus), 237anbsp;...

Title:Epic of Evolution
Author: Lola Judith Chaisson
Publisher:Columbia University Press - 2005-12-22

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