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Origins: Fourteen Billion Years of Cosmic Evolution

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“Who can ask for better cosmic tour guides?” —Michio Kaku

Our true origins are not only human, or even terrestrial, but in fact cosmic. Drawing on recent scientific breakthroughs and cross-pollination among geology, biology, astrophysics, and cosmology, Origins illuminates the soul-stirring leaps in our understanding of the cosmos. This revised and updated edition features such startling discoveries as the now more than 5,000 detected exoplanets that promise to reveal exciting possibilities for life in the cosmos, and data from a new generation of ground-based and spaceborne observatories that have fundamentally changed what we know about the expanding universe—and maybe even the laws of physics themselves.

From the first image of a galaxy’s birth to tantalizing evidence of water not only on Mars but also on the asteroid Ceres, as well as on moons of Jupiter and Saturn, coauthors Neil deGrasse Tyson and Donald Goldsmith conduct an exhilarating tour of the cosmos with clarity and exuberance.

ISBN-13: 9780393866889

Media Type: Paperback

Publisher: Norton W. W. & Company Inc.

Publication Date: 09-20-2022

Pages: 368

Product Dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.10(h) x 1.00(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