What is the origin of the universe? Are we alone in the Universe? Using clear and plain language, the author explores these two interesting scientific-philosophical themes with a broad range of studies, including astronomy, cosmology, chemistry, biology, geology and planet science.
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The first part discusses the origins of everything, from the Big Bang to humankind. It follows the long course of evolution — from original matter to the formation of more complex structures, from the furthest galaxies to the nearest stars, from planets to organic molecules, from the first and most elementary forms of life through to the reptiles, the dinosaurs and the advent of man.
The second part traces the history of the Earth and evaluates the risks of extinction in the future as predicted by scientists. Is the Earth the only habitable planet in the Universe? This question initiates the discussion on the importance of the Earth's position in the solar system and the significance of our geologically alive planet.
The final part is dedicated to the search for extraterrestrial beings with identifiable life forms. It also describes attempts for searching, from the past to the near future.
This remarkable book provides the best answers we have to the epic questions about us and our place in the universe.Contents:
- Our Origins
- The Beginning of Everything
- Origins of Stars and Planets
- The Origin of the Elements
- The Origins of Life
- The Case of the Earth:
- History of the Earth
- An Inhabitable Planet
- The Importance of Continental Drift
- The Earth: A Rare Planet?
- In Search of Another Gaia:
- In Search of ETI
- The Measurement
- Appendix A: Astronomical Observations
- Appendix B: A Few Numbers
Readership: General audience interested in general science.