Origins: Fourteen Billion Years of Cosmic Evolution

Origins: Fourteen Billion Years of Cosmic Evolution

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Tyson, an astrophysicist and director of New York City's Hayden Planetarium, and astronomy writer Goldsmith, present a written account of their tour of the cosmos and theories of cosmic phenomena (which has also been a Nova special on PBS). Using many down-to-earth examples and two sections of color plates, they discuss topics such as antimatter and dark matter, Type Ia supernovae and cosmic background radiation (and their contribution to dark energy and expanding universe theories), the concept of the multiverse and the "ekpyrotic model" of the cosmos, the birth of galaxies and Hubble's future successor (the James Webb Space Telescope), the origin of planets and recent discoveries, and the origin of life on Earth and search for life in our solar system and beyond. Annotation ©2004 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781483021386
Publisher: Blackstone Audio, Inc.
Publication date: 09/28/2014
Edition description: Unabridged
Product dimensions: 5.30(w) x 7.50(h) x 0.60(d)

About the Author

Neil deGrasse Tyson is an astrophysicist with the American Museum of Natural History, director of its world-famous Hayden Planetarium, host of the hit radio and TV show StarTalk, and the New York Times best-selling author of Astrophysics for People in a Hurry. He lives in New York City.

Donald Goldsmithis an astronomy writer in Berkeley, California, and the author of more than twenty books.

Table of Contents

Preface: A Meditation on the Origins of Science and the Science of Origins15
Overture: The Greatest Story Ever Told25
Part IThe Origin of the Universe
Chapter 1In the Beginning33
Chapter 2Antimatter Matters46
Chapter 3Let There Be Light53
Chapter 4Let There Be Dark64
Chapter 5Let There Be More Dark78
Chapter 6One Universe or Many?98
Part IIThe Origin of Galaxies and Cosmic Structure
Chapter 7Discovering Galaxies111
Chapter 8The Origin of Structure122
Part IIIThe Origin of Stars
Chapter 9Dust to Dust147
Chapter 10The Elemental Zoo167
Part IVThe Origin of Planets
Chapter 11When Worlds Were Young183
Chapter 12Between the Planets194
Chapter 13Worlds Unnumbered: Planets Beyond the Solar System204
Part VThe Origin of Life
Chapter 14Life in the Universe225
Chapter 15The Origin of Life on Earth233
Chapter 16Searching for Life in the Solar System250
Chapter 17Searching for Life in the Milky Way Galaxy274
Coda: The Search for Ourselves in the Cosmos291
Glossary of Selected Terms297
Further Reading323
Image Credits327

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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Enjoyed reading it, learned many things I didn´t know, and understood even the most obscure details. The authors have cited a great number of sources for more in-depth education for those of us who are not into the astronomical sciences (I was a Senior Software Engineer)and have added a comprehensive glossary, very helpful in the case of words with obscure or confusing meanings.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Being a fan of Tyson, I knew this was a must-read, and he doesn't disappoint. This book is a very insightful journey through time and space. Carl Sagan would be proud.
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