How did everything around us-the air, the land, the sea, and the
stars-originate? What is the source of order, form, and structure
characterizing all material things? These are just some of the
grand scientific questions Eric J. Chaisson, author of the classic
work Cosmic Dawn, explores in his enthralling and
illuminating history of the universe. Explaining new discoveries
and a range of cutting-edge ideas and theories, Chaisson 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 in which they interact.
Drawing on recent breakthroughs in astrophysics and
biochemistry, Chaisson discusses 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. Moreover, as Chaisson demonstrates, by deciphering the
scenario of cosmic evolution, scientists can also determine how
living organisms managed to inhabit the land, generate language,
and create culture.
Epic of Evolution offers a stunning view of how various
changes, operating across almost incomprehensible domains of space
and nearly inconceivable stretches of time and through the
evolutionary combination of necessity and chance, have given rise
to our galaxy, our star, our planet, and ourselves.
Subjects: Ecology & Evolutionary Biology
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