Origins: Fourteen Billion Years of Cosmic Evolution

Origins: Fourteen Billion Years of Cosmic Evolution

by Neil deGrasse Tyson, Donald Goldsmith


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“Who can ask for better cosmic tour guides to the universe than Drs. Tyson and Goldsmith?” —Michio Kaku, author of Hyperspace and Parallel Worlds

Our true origins are not just human, or even terrestrial, but in fact cosmic. Drawing on recent scientific breakthroughs and the current cross-pollination among geology, biology, astrophysics, and cosmology, Origins explains the soul-stirring leaps in our understanding of the cosmos. From the first image of a galaxy birth to Spirit Rover's exploration of Mars, to the discovery of water on one of Jupiter's moons, coauthors Neil deGrasse Tyson and Donald Goldsmith conduct a galvanizing tour of the cosmos with clarity and exuberance.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780393350395
Publisher: Norton, W. W. & Company, Inc.
Publication date: 09/02/2014
Pages: 352
Sales rank: 96,408
Product dimensions: 5.40(w) x 8.20(h) x 1.10(d)

About the Author

Neil deGrasse Tyson is an astrophysicist with the American Museum of Natural History, director of its world-famous Hayden Planetarium, host of the hit radio and TV show StarTalk, and the New York Times best-selling author of Astrophysics for People in a Hurry. He lives in New York City.

Donald Goldsmithis an astronomy writer in Berkeley, California, and the author of more than twenty books.

Table of Contents

Preface: A Meditation on the Origins of Science and the Science of Origins15
Overture: The Greatest Story Ever Told25
Part IThe Origin of the Universe
Chapter 1In the Beginning33
Chapter 2Antimatter Matters46
Chapter 3Let There Be Light53
Chapter 4Let There Be Dark64
Chapter 5Let There Be More Dark78
Chapter 6One Universe or Many?98
Part IIThe Origin of Galaxies and Cosmic Structure
Chapter 7Discovering Galaxies111
Chapter 8The Origin of Structure122
Part IIIThe Origin of Stars
Chapter 9Dust to Dust147
Chapter 10The Elemental Zoo167
Part IVThe Origin of Planets
Chapter 11When Worlds Were Young183
Chapter 12Between the Planets194
Chapter 13Worlds Unnumbered: Planets Beyond the Solar System204
Part VThe Origin of Life
Chapter 14Life in the Universe225
Chapter 15The Origin of Life on Earth233
Chapter 16Searching for Life in the Solar System250
Chapter 17Searching for Life in the Milky Way Galaxy274
Coda: The Search for Ourselves in the Cosmos291
Glossary of Selected Terms297
Further Reading323
Image Credits327

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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Enjoyed reading it, learned many things I didn´t know, and understood even the most obscure details. The authors have cited a great number of sources for more in-depth education for those of us who are not into the astronomical sciences (I was a Senior Software Engineer)and have added a comprehensive glossary, very helpful in the case of words with obscure or confusing meanings.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Being a fan of Tyson, I knew this was a must-read, and he doesn't disappoint. This book is a very insightful journey through time and space. Carl Sagan would be proud.
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