Universe Within The Deep History of the Human Body

ISBN-10: 0307473279
ISBN-13: 9780307473271
Edition: N/A
Authors: Neil Shubin
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Book details

List price: $17.95
Publisher: Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
Publication date: 10/8/2013
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 240
Size: 5.25" wide x 8.50" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.770
Language: English

From one of our finest and most popular science writers, the best-selling author of Your Inner Fish, comes the answer to a scientific mystery story as big as the world itself: How have astronomical events that took place millions of years ago created the unique qualities of the human species?In his last book, Neil Shubin delved into the amazing connections between human anatomy—our hands, our jaws—and the structures in the fish that first took over land 375 million years ago. Now, with his trademark clarity and exuberance, he takes an even more expansive approach to the question of why we are the way we are. Starting once again with fossils, Shubin turns his gaze skyward.  He shows how the entirety of the universe's 14-billion-year history can be seen in our bodies. From our very molecular composition (a result of stellar events at the origin of our solar system), he makes clear, through the working of our eyes, how the evolution of the cosmos has had profound effects on the development of human life on earth.From the Hardcover edition.

Prologue
Rocking Our World
Blasts from the Past
Lucky Stars
About Time
The Ascent of Big
Connecting the Dots
Kings of the Hill
Fevers and Chills
Cold Facts
Mothers of Invention
Further Reading and Notes
Acknowledgments
Illustration Credits
Index

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