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Origins: Fourteen Billion Years of Cosmic Evolution

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“Who can ask for better cosmic tour guides to the universe than Drs. Tyson and Goldsmith?” —Michio Kaku, author of Hyperspace and Parallel Worlds
Our true origins are not just human, or even terrestrial, but in fact cosmic. Drawing on recent scientific breakthroughs and the current cross-pollination among geology, biology, astrophysics, and cosmology, ?Origins? explains the soul-stirring leaps in our understanding of the cosmos. From the first image of a galaxy birth to Spirit Rover's exploration of Mars, to the discovery of water on one of Jupiter's moons, coauthors Neil deGrasse Tyson and Donald Goldsmith conduct a galvanizing tour of the cosmos with clarity and exuberance.

ISBN-13: 9780393350395

Media Type: Paperback

Publisher: Norton W. W. & Company Inc.

Publication Date: 09-02-2014

Pages: 352

Product Dimensions: 5.40(w) x 8.20(h) x 1.10(d)

Neil deGrasse Tyson is an astrophysicist with the American Museum of Natural History and the New York Times best-selling author of Astrophysics for People in a Hurry. He lives in New York City. Donald Goldsmith is an astronomy writer in Berkeley, California.

Table of Contents

Introduction A Meditation on the Origins of Science and the Science of Origins 1

Part I The Origin of the Universe

1 In the Beginning 11

2 Antimatter Matters 25

3 Let the Light Shine 33

4 Let There Be Dark 47

5 Let There Be More Dark 62

6 Tension in the Cosmos! 85

7 One Universe or Many? 93

Part II The Origin of Galaxies and Cosmic Structure

8 Discovering Galaxies 107

9 The Origin of Structure 119

Part III The Origin of Stars and Planets

10 Dust to Dust 151

11 When Worlds Were Young 174

12 Planets beyond the Solar System 187

Part IV The Origin of Life

13 Life in the Universe 205

14 The Origin of Life on Earth 214

15 Searching for Life in the Solar System 233

16 Searching for Life in the Milky Way Galaxy 268

Coda The Search for Ourselves in the Cosmos 287

Acknowledgments 293

Glossary of Selected Terms 295

Further Reading 325

Image Credits 329

Index 333