The Evolving Universe and the Origin of Life: The Search for Our Cosmic Roots
Springer Science & Business Media, Dec 29, 2008 - Science - 522 pages
Sir Isaac Newton famously said, regarding his discoveries, "If I have seen further it is by standing upon the shoulders of giants."
The Evolving Universe and the Origin of Life describes, complete with fascinating biographical details of the thinkers involved, the ascent to the metaphorical shoulders accomplished by the greatest minds in history. For the first time, a single book can take the reader on a journey through the history of the universe as interpreted by the expanding body of knowledge of humankind. From subatomic particles to the protein chains that form life, and expanding in scale to the entire universe, this book covers the science that explains how we came to be.
The Evolving Universe and the Origin of Life contains a great breadth of knowledge, from astronomy to physics, from chemistry to biology. It includes over 350 figures that enhance the comprehension of concepts both basic and advanced, and is a non-technical, easy-to-read text at an introductory college level that is ideal for anyone interested in science as well as its history.
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Planetary Spheres and the Size of the Universe 23
The Roots of the Copernican Revolution 47
The True Laws of Planetary Motion Revealed
Galileo Galilei and His Successors
How Far Away Are the Stars?
The Scale of the Solar System 93
Cosmic Fusion Reactors
The Riddle of the Milky Way 235
Entering the Galaxy Universe
Largescale Structure of the Universe
Big Bang 309
The Dark Side of the Universe
Messages Through Radio Waves
Nature of Light 125
Electricity and Magnetism
Time and Space 147
Curved Space and Gravity
Atoms and Nuclei
Elementary Particles 199