Origins Fourteen Billion Years of Cosmic Evolution

ISBN-10: 0393327582

ISBN-13: 9780393327588

Edition: 2005

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Description: Origins Explores cosmic science's stunning new insights into the formation and evolution of our universe--of the cosmos, of galaxies and galaxy clusters, of stars within galaxies, of orbiting planets, and of different forms of life. Drawing on the current cross-pollination of geology, biology, and astrophysics, Origins makes "the astonishing astronomical discoveries of recent years come alive" (Michael D. Lemonick) "The most informative, congenial and accessible general look at cosmology to come along since Carl Sagan's Cosmos 27 years ago," says Publishers Weekly. "The tone is informational, aimed at high clarity, and laced with giddy humor ... general readers of every stripe will benefit from the authors' sophisticated, deeply knowledgeable presentation. If the casual book buyer purchases one science book this year, this should be the one."

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List price: $22.95
Copyright year: 2005
Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company, Incorporated
Publication date: 10/17/2005
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 288
Size: 5.50" wide x 8.00" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 0.968
Language: English

Astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson was born in New York City on October 5, 1958. Interested in astronomy since he was a child, Tyson gave lectures on the topic at the age of 15. He attended the Bronx High School of Science and was the editor-in-chief for its Physical Science Journal. After earning a B.A. in Physics from Harvard in 1980, Tyson received an M.A. in Astronomy from the University of Texas at Austin in 1983. He earned his Ph.D. in Astrophysics from Columbia in 1991. Since 1996, Tyson has held the position of Frederick P. Rose Director of the Hayden Planetarium at Manhattan's American Museum of Natural History. In 2001, he was appointed by President George W. Bush to serve on the Commission on the Future of the United States Aerospace Industry. In 2004, Tyson joined the President's Commission on Implementation of United States Space Exploration Policy. He has hosted PBS's television show NOVA scienceNOW since 2006. Tyson can also be seen frequently as a guest on The Daily Show with Jon Stewart, The Colbert Report, and Late Night with Conan O'Brien. Tyson has written many popular books on astronomy, and he began his "Universe" column for Natural History magazine in 1995. In 2009, he published the bestselling book The Pluto Files: The Rise and Fall of America's Favorite Planet to describe the controversy over Pluto's demotion to dwarf planet. Tyson was recognized in 2004 with the NASA Distinguished Public Service Medal, and Time named him one of the 100 Most Influential People of 2007.

Acknowledgments
Preface: A Meditation on the Origins of Science and the Science of Origins
Overture: The Greatest Story Ever Told
The Origin of the Universe
In the Beginning
Antimatter Matters
Let There Be Light
Let There Be Dark
Let There Be More Dark
One Universe or Many?
The Origin of Galaxies and Cosmic Structure
Discovering Galaxies
The Origin of Structure
The Origin of Stars
Dust to Dust
The Elemental Zoo
The Origin of Planets
When Worlds Were Young
Between the Planets
Worlds Unnumbered: Planets Beyond the Solar System
The Origin of Life
Life in the Universe
The Origin of Life on Earth
Searching for Life in the Solar System
Searching for Life in the Milky Way Galaxy
Coda: The Search for Ourselves in the Cosmos
Glossary of Selected Terms
Further Reading
Image Credits
Index
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