Cosmic Evolution: The Rise of Complexity in Nature / Edition 1

Cosmic Evolution: The Rise of Complexity in Nature / Edition 1

by Eric J. Chaisson
     
 

ISBN-10: 0674009878

ISBN-13: 9780674009875

Pub. Date: 10/15/2002

Publisher: Harvard

We are connected to distant space and time not only by our imaginations but also through a common cosmic heritage. Emerging now from modern science is a unified scenario of the cosmos, including ourselves as sentient beings, based on the time-honored concept of change. From galaxies to snowflakes, from stars and planets to life itself, we are beginning to identify

Overview

We are connected to distant space and time not only by our imaginations but also through a common cosmic heritage. Emerging now from modern science is a unified scenario of the cosmos, including ourselves as sentient beings, based on the time-honored concept of change. From galaxies to snowflakes, from stars and planets to life itself, we are beginning to identify an underlying ubiquitous pattern penetrating the fabric of all the natural sciences--a sweepingly encompassing view of the order and structure of every known class of object in our richly endowed universe.

This is the subject of Eric Chaisson's new book. In Cosmic Evolution Chaisson addresses some of the most basic issues we can contemplate: the origin of matter and the origin of life, and the ways matter, life, and radiation interact and change with time. Guided by notions of beauty and symmetry, by the search for simplicity and elegance, by the ambition to explain the widest range of phenomena with the fewest possible principles, Chaisson designs for us an expansive yet intricate model depicting the origin and evolution of all material structures. He shows us that neither new science nor appeals to nonscience are needed to understand the impressive hierarchy of the cosmic evolutionary story, from quark to quasar, from microbe to mind.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780674009875
Publisher:
Harvard
Publication date:
10/15/2002
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
288
Sales rank:
786,644
Product dimensions:
5.68(w) x 8.87(h) x (d)

Table of Contents

Preface

Prologue: Overview of Cosmic Evolution

Introduction: The Nature of Change

Chapter One: Matter

Chapter Two: Radiation

Chapter Three: Life

Discussion: Evolution Broadly Considered

Epilogue: A Grand Synthesis

Symbols and Numerical Constants

Glossary

Notes

Works Cited

Further Reading

Index

About the Author

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