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Epic of Evolution: Seven Ages of the Cosmos

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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

Paperback, 1st edition, 478 pages
Published March 1st 2007 by Columbia University Press (first published October 28th 2005)
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Stellar! Extremely readable, educational and thought-provoking. The creation myth at its best!
Bob Nichols
There's so much about this book to like. It is divided into major "epochs" (particles, galaxies, stars, planets, chemicals, biology, culture) that trace the evolution of the known universe from the Big Bang to humans. That development is continuous, each epoch providing the stage for what follows. Chaisson argues that this evolution is movement toward greater complexity. While the universe as a whole moves toward entropy (thermodynamic equilibrium) through the dissipation of heat, life is a "loc ...more
This was a fantastic read. I come from a very limited since background but have always been intrigued by origin science. Chaisson brings down complex ideas into laymen terms and really explains the intricacies of the physics/ chemistry/ biology that have developed the organic/ inorganic universe. I would suggest this book to anyone interested in cosmological orgins.
An utterly readable book, with the clearest explanation of the Big Bang theory I've found.
Jeffrey McKinley
An intellectual feast (read 11/07/12).
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“... Nature almost surely operates by combining chance with necessity, randomness with determinism...” 12 likes
“The two go hand in hand like a dance: chance flirts with necessity, randomness with determinism. To be sure, it is from this interchange that novelty and creativity arise in Nature, thereby yielding unique forms and novel structures.” 9 likes
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