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Our Cosmic Origins : From the Big Bang to the Emergence of Life and Intelligence - Armand H. Delsemme

Our Cosmic Origins

From the Big Bang to the Emergence of Life and Intelligence

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Published: 9th October 2012
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Our Cosmic Origins tells the story of our remarkable adventure on this planet, beginning with a single event in the depths of space. It traces the rich and wonderful history of the Universe, from the Big Bang to the creation of atoms and molecules, from the formation of stars and planets to the emergence of life on Earth. Delsemme brings together cosmology, astronomy, geology, biochemistry, and biology to create a unique look at the complex story of the Universe. He chronicles how the first light atoms were made and formed stars and how heavier atoms were cooked in stars and scattered in space, creating dust mrains and organic molecules. He examines the growing eomplexity of plant and animal life, including the emergence and extinction of dinosaurs. Our Cosmic Origins shows how the coupling of eye and brain led to self-awareness and intelligence. It explores the cosmic coincidences that might explain our existence and concludes with the tantalizing suggestion that intelligent alien life is likely. This provocative book will appeal to anyone who has ever looked at the sky and wondered how we got here. Originally published in French, this edition has been revised to include the most recent research in astronomy and cosmology. Armand Delsemme has published four books and over 230 scientific papers. He received a Sigma Xi award for outstanding research and has had, by order of the International Astronomical Union, an asteroid named after him.

'I know of no other book that covers in such detail for a popular audience the grand sweep of cosmic evolution from the Big Bang to homo sapiens. Readers will find here an answer to the age-old question of our place in the universe as understood by modern science.' Steven J. Dick, US Naval Observatory, Washington 'I am struck with admiration at the ... encyclopedic knowledge condensed into this exceptional [book].' Gerard de Vaucouleurs, University of Austin 'Armand Delsemme's book is - by far - the best I have ever read on the subject.' Henri Mertens, former Director at the European Broadcasting Union 'A thrilling book, a masterpiece ... '. Audouin Dollfus, former President of the Societe Astronomique de France 'Translated seamlessly from the 1994 French edition and updated, this is a daringly wide-ranging book covering the origins and evolution of life, the universe and everything in a style that allows the non-specialist to enjoy it.' Gnomon '... we could not recommend this book too highly. Armand Delsemme is a wonderful story-teller.' Le Soir (Brussels) ' ... a book that manages to condense the whole universe into a single, surprisingly plot-driven and highly readable story'. Jon Evans, Chemistry in Britain ' ... a fascinating journey through the history of the universe that manages to explain the complex relationship between cosmic, chemical and biological evolution ... Delsemme has included all the necessary explanatory material without ruining the flow of the narrative ... [this is] a book that manages to condense the whole universe into a single, surprisingly plot driven and highly readable story.' Chemistry in Britain 'This is a delightful book covering a breath-taking expanse of topics ... a real pleasure to read.' Okan Avni, School Science Review 'This book is highly recommended and once you start reading it, grips you like a good detective novel.' Astronomical Society of WA '... I would recommend it as an addition to any reference library.' George Raggett, The Open University Geological Society '... an excellent overview from the big bang origin of the universe to the development of life ... will promote critical thinking on the many aspects of astrobiology bearing on the understanding of the cosmic significance and origins of life ... recommended reading.' Richard Taylor, Spaceflight

Preface
Foreword
Locating man in the universe
The race towards complexity
The stellar alchemy of metals
The formation of the planets
Emergence of life
History of life
Awakening of intelligence
The other worlds
Perspectives
Appendices
Glossary
References
Name index
Subject index
Table of Contents provided by Publisher. All Rights Reserved.

ISBN: 9780521620383
ISBN-10: 0521620384
Audience: General
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 344
Published: 9th October 2012
Publisher: CAMBRIDGE UNIV PR
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 23.62 x 15.85  x 2.26
Weight (kg): 0.69