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Epic of evolution : seven ages of the cosmos

Author: Eric Chaisson
Publisher: New York : Columbia University Press, ©2006.
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"How did everything around us - the air, the land, the sea, and the stars - originate? What is the source of order, form, and structure characterizing all material things? These are just some of the grand scientific questions Eric J. Chaisson, author of the classic work Cosmic Dawn, explores in his enthralling and illuminating history of the universe. Explaining new discoveries and a range of cutting-edge ideas and
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Eric Chaisson
ISBN: 0231135602 9780231135603 0231135610 9780231135610
OCLC Number: 58604840
Description: xviii, 478 p. : ill. ; 24 cm.
Contents: Prologue : cosmological overview --
1. Particle epoch : simplicity fleeting --
2. Galactic epoch : hierarchy of structures --
3. Stellar epoch : forges for elements --
4. Planetary epoch : habitats for life --
5. Chemical epoch : matter plus energy --
6. Biological epoch : complexity sustained --
7. Cultural epoch : intelligence to technology --
Epilogue : a whole new era.
Responsibility: Eric Chaisson ; illustrated by Lola Judith Chaisson.

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"How did everything around us - the air, the land, the sea, and the stars - originate? What is the source of order, form, and structure characterizing all material things? These are just some of the grand scientific questions Eric J. Chaisson, author of the classic work Cosmic Dawn, explores in his enthralling and illuminating history of the universe. Explaining new discoveries and a range of cutting-edge ideas and theories, Chaisson provides a creative and coherent synthesis of current scientific thinking on the universe's beginnings. He takes us on a tour of the seven ages of the cosmos, from the formless era of radiation through the origins of human culture.

Along the way he examines the development of the most microscopic and the most immense aspects of our universe and the complex ways in which they interact."--BOOK JACKET.

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