Origins: The Scientific Story of Creation

Hardcover | October 1, 2015

byJim Baggott

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What is the nature of the material world? How does it work? What is the universe and how was it formed? What is life? Where do we come from and how did we evolve? How and why do we think? What does it mean to be human? How do we know?There are many different versions of our creation story. This book tells the version according to modern science. It is a unique account, starting at the Big Bang and travelling right up to the emergence of humans as conscious intelligent beings, 13.8 billion years later. Chapter by chapter, itsets out the current state of scientific knowledge: the origins of space and time; energy, mass, and light; galaxies, stars, and our sun; the habitable earth, and complex life itself. Drawing together the physical and biological sciences, Baggott recounts what we currently know of our history,highlighting the questions science has yet to answer.

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What is the nature of the material world? How does it work? What is the universe and how was it formed? What is life? Where do we come from and how did we evolve? How and why do we think? What does it mean to be human? How do we know?There are many different versions of our creation story. This book tells the version according to moder...

Jim Baggott is a freelance science writer. He was a lecturer in chemistry at the University of Reading but left to work with Shell International Petroleum Company and then as an independent business consultant and trainer. His many books include Higgs: The Invention and Discovery of the 'God Particle' (OUP, 2012), A Quantum Story: A Hi...

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:416 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 0.98 inPublished:October 1, 2015Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0198707649

ISBN - 13:9780198707646

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Preface1. In the 'Beginning': The Origin of Space, Time and Energy2. Breaking the Symmetry: The Origin of Mass3. The Last Scattering Surface: The Origin of Light4. Setting the Firmament Alight: The Origin of Stars and Galaxies5. Synthesis: The Origin of Chemical Complexity6. Sol: The Origin of the Sun and its Planets7. Terra Firma: The Origin of a Habitable Earth8. The Cosmic Imperative: The Origin of Life9. Symbiosis10. A Song of Ice and Fire: The Origin of Species11. The Human Stain: The Origin of Humanity12. Cogito Ergo Sum: The Origin of Human ConsciousnessEpilogueAppendix: Powers of TenBibliographyIndex