Origins: Cosmos, Earth, and Mankind

Origins: Cosmos, Earth, and Mankind

by Hubert Reeves, Dominique Simonnet, Yves Coppens, Joel De Rosnay
     
 

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In this potent book, three eminent scientists—an astrophysicist, an organic chemist, and an anthropologist—ponder and discuss some of the basic questions that have obsessed humankind through the ages, and offer thoughtful, enlightening answers in terms the layperson can easily understand. Until now, most of these questions were addressed by religion and

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In this potent book, three eminent scientists—an astrophysicist, an organic chemist, and an anthropologist—ponder and discuss some of the basic questions that have obsessed humankind through the ages, and offer thoughtful, enlightening answers in terms the layperson can easily understand. Until now, most of these questions were addressed by religion and philosophy. But science has reached a point where it, too, can voice an opinion. Beginning with the Big Bang roughly fifteen billion years ago, the authors trace the evolution of the cosmos, from the first particles, the atoms, the molecules, the development of cells, organisms, and living creatures, up to the arrival of Homo erectus and Homo sapiens. Proactive, informative, and free of technical or scientific jargon, Origins offers compelling insights into how the universe, life on Earth, and the human species began.

Editorial Reviews

Library Journal
Origins is one of the most commonly used words in the titles of popular science books. Thus, when you see it, you should be skeptical as to whether the book contains anything truly original. Let's politely call this book unique, but not original. Casting their work as a play in three acts, the authorsscientists from different fieldspose and answer a series of questions related to the universe, life, and human evolution. This approach would work only if the structure made expository sense (it doesn't), the connections between subjects were seamless (they aren't), and the questions the authors ask themselves are the same as readers would ask them (they aren't). Furthermore, the book, first published in France, has an ethereal, New Age tone that can seem simplistic. Not recommended.Gregg Sapp, Univ. of Miami Lib., Coral Gables, Fla.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781559704588
Publisher:
Arcade Publishing
Publication date:
01/06/1999
Pages:
212
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 8.25(h) x 0.75(d)

Meet the Author

Yves Coppens is an author and anthropologist and was part of the team that discovered Lucy. He lives in France.

Hubert Reeves is an astrophysicist who has worked as an advisor for NASA and as director of the Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique. He lives in France.

Dominique Simonnet is a journalist and author. He lives in France.

Joel de Rosnay is the former director of the famed Pasteur Institute and is currently president of Biotics International, a major consulting company that specializes in the impact of new technologies on industries. He lives in France.

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