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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.
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About the Author
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.
Table of Contents
Act 1 The Universe 11
Scene 1 Chaos 13
Scene 2 The Universe Gets Organized 35
Scene 3 Earth 53
Act 2 Life 71
Scene 1 The Primitive Soup 73
Scene 2 Life Gets Organized 89
Scene 3 The Explosion of the Species 109
Act 3 Mankind 135
Scene 1 The African Cradle 137
Scene 2 Our Ancestors Get Organized 157
Scene 3 The Human Conquest 175