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Our Cosmic Origins
Our Cosmic Origins tells the story of our remarkable adventure on this planet, beginning with a single event in the depths of space. It traces the rich and wonderful history of the Universe, from the Big Bang to the creation of atoms and molecules, from the formation of stars and planets to the emergence of life on Earth. Delsemme brings together cosmology, astronomy, geol ...more
Paperback, 344 pages
Published August 23rd 2012 by Cambridge University Press
(first published June 25th 1998)
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I only read chapters 1-5, which were the chapters recommended by the Teaching Company's Big History course. (Chapter 5 begins the discussion of the emergence of life.) It's an interesting book that isn't exactly too technical, but perhaps too filled with jargon for easy reading. If your last physics, chemistry and biology classes were many years ago, you might find your eyes glazing over at times.
Armand H. Delsemme does a very clear description of the solar system creation starting from the big bang and provides comprehensive explanations about stars. He varies his book by providing background on early chemistry that could relation to the evolutionary origins of life on earth, plus information about earth's fossil and glacial history. Makes fascinating reading.