The Universe Within: Discovering the Common History of Rocks, Planets, and People

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Pantheon Books, 2013 - Science - 225 pages
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**Kirkus Best Books of the Year (2013)**

From one of our finest and most popular science writers, and the best-selling author of Your Inner Fish, comes the answer to a scientific mystery as big as the world itself: How are the events that formed our solar system billions of years ago embedded inside each of us?

In Your Inner Fish, Neil Shubin delved into the amazing connections between human bodies—our hands, heads, and jaws—and the structures in fish and worms that lived hundreds of millions of years ago. In The Universe Within, with his trademark clarity and exuberance, Shubin takes an even more expansive approach to the question of why we look the way we do. Starting once again with fossils, he turns his gaze skyward, showing us how the entirety of the universe's fourteen-billion-year history can be seen in our bodies. As he moves from our very molecular composition (a result of stellar events at the origin of our solar system) through the workings of our eyes, Shubin makes clear how the evolution of the cosmos has profoundly marked our own bodies.



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User Review  - GlennBell - LibraryThing

I listened to audio version of this book and some of the CDs had problems that forced me to skip sections. This meant that I lost the continuity of the book. I liked what I heard and agree with his ... Read full review

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User Review  - quantum_flapdoodle - LibraryThing

A look at the interrelationships between life on earth and the cosmos itself. Our bodies carry the secrets of our history; our bodies literally betray their origin in the stars. Material recycled from ... Read full review


ONE Rocking Our World
TWO Blasts from the Past
THREE Lucky Stars
FIVE The Ascent of Big
SIX Connecting the Dots
SEVEN Kings ofthc Hill
EIGHT Fcvcrs and Chills
TEN Mothers of Invention

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Neil Shubin is the author of the best-selling Your Inner Fish, which was chosen by the National Academy of Sciences as the best book of the year in 2009. Trained at Columbia, Harvard, and the University of California at Berkeley, Shubin is associate dean of biological sciences at the University of Chicago. In 2011 he was elected to the National Academy of Sciences.

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