The symbiotic universe: life and the cosmos in unity
This critically acclaimed book argues that our existence--and every other form of life--is an utterly astonishing happening. Greenstein shows that our existence depends on a network of unlikely circumstances, a remarkable series of coincidences. Photos and drawings.
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