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Origins: Fourteen Billion Years of Cosmic Evolution by [Neil deGrasse Tyson, Donald Goldsmith]
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Origins: Fourteen Billion Years of Cosmic Evolution Reissue Edition, Kindle Edition

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Since Carl Sagan's book-and-television package Cosmos (1980), astrophysicists have discovered that the universe will probably expand for eternity and have found planets orbiting neighboring stars. That's reason enough to update and redo the Sagan concept. Tyson and Goldsmith's book is allied with their four-hour PBS Nova special, which will air September 28 and 29. This book's popularity is thus ensured and, in effect, introduces the vibrant general-interest literature about individual post-Sagan advances in astronomy and cosmology, which includes Goldsmith's Worlds Unnumbered (1997). The authors adopt a colloquial, even conversational style suited to readers new to the ideas and vocabulary of big-bang cosmology; they make comprehensible the connections between subatomic physics and the structure of the universe. With that as background, the authors then flit between the epoch of infinite density and temperature and the contemporary eon of galaxies, and they sign off with ruminations on extraterrestrial life, though they look askance at UFO devotees. Aiming for mass appeal, Tyson and Goldsmith cover the whole celestial block. Gilbert Taylor
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In this companion volume to the two-part NOVA television special by the same title, astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson and astronomy writer Donald Goldsmith attempt to cram 14 billion years of history into 300 pages. The result of this audacious exercise is a surprising and engrossing book, one that far surpasses the droning tone of so many astronomy texts. Starting (of course) with the Big Bang and ending with the search for extraterrestrial life, the authors synthesize the results of several scientific fields to present a sort of cosmological consilience. They also emphasize the scientific method and its inherent skepticism as the only way to understand such mysteries as dark matter, stellar formation, and the origin of life on Earth. Although several books are published each year that provide overviews of various branches of science, what's different about this one is the accessible tone of the writing. The authors use mild humor throughout to keep readers going in difficult sections; for instance, when assessing the question of why we live during the rare time when the amounts of dark and not-dark energy are roughly equal in the universe, they relate that cosmologist Michael Turner calls the situation the "'Nancy Kerrigan problem,' in honor of the Olympic figure skater, who asked... 'Why me? Why now?'" Combining 21st-century astronomy, astrobiology, astrochemistry, and other disciplines, Origins is a fine guidebook with which to journey "back to the beginning of everything." --Therese Littleton --This text refers to the hardcover edition.

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  • ASIN ‏ : ‎ B0089NTV46
  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ W. W. Norton & Company; Reissue edition (17 October 2005)
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • File size ‏ : ‎ 14422 KB
  • Text-to-Speech ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • Screen Reader ‏ : ‎ Supported
  • Enhanced typesetting ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • X-Ray ‏ : ‎ Not Enabled
  • Word Wise ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • Print length ‏ : ‎ 379 pages
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Neil deGrasse Tyson was born in New York City the same week NASA was founded. His interest in the universe traces back to age 9, after a first visit to the Hayden Planetarium of the American Museum of Natural History. He was educated in the public schools of New York City through his graduation from the Bronx High School of Science. And after an BA in Physics from Harvard and a PhD in Astrophysics from Columbia and a Postdoctoral research fellowship at Princeton, Tyson became the Frederick P. Rose Director of the Hayden Planetarium, where he has served since 1996.