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Our Improbable Universe: A Physicist Considers How We Got Here
From the most practical point of view, we really are "star children": the iron in the blood of our veins originated in a stellar explosion billions of years ago. How likely is it that all the myriad conditions for life would come together so precisely? Without positing or denying the existence of a creator behind it all, the answer to that question is humbling and ...more
Paperback, 288 pages
Published August 3rd 2004 by Basic Books
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Mallary goes far beyond recapping what we can intuit about the Big Bang and the origins of matter, though he does a good job in that recap. He hen get far more philosophical, and considers the astonishing series of events that lead to the start of life, the evolution of mind, the development of consciousness. That included the formation of the moon, which causes the tides necessary for conditions of tidal waters that seem important to the development of both vegetative and animal life, and the ...more