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Origins

The Scientific Story of Creation

Jim Baggott

September 2017

ISBN: 9780198707653

432 pages
Paperback
234x156mm

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Price: £16.99

Jim Baggott sets out the scientific story of creation - 13.8 billion years from the Big Bang to human consciousness, via the origins of space and time, mass and light, stars, the habitable earth, and life itself. From astrophysics to biology, the whole inspiring picture is here.

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Jim Baggott sets out the scientific story of creation - 13.8 billion years from the Big Bang to human consciousness, via the origins of space and time, mass and light, stars, the habitable earth, and life itself. From astrophysics to biology, the whole inspiring picture is here.

  • A one-volume account of what science has pieced together of the 13.8 billion years from the Big Bang to the emergence of human consciousness
  • Draws together current thinking in cosmology, geology, evolution, and anthropology into a single, accessible account of how we got here
  • Presents the scientific account of our origins, as a growing body of knowledge and a work-in-progress, compared to the many ancient mythical stories
  • Highlights the many aspects concerning the early Universe, the origins of life, early evolution, and the nature and origin of human consciousness that remain uncertain

About the Author(s)

Jim Baggott, Freelance science writer

Jim Baggott is a freelance science writer. He was a lecturer in chemistry at the University of Reading but left to work with Shell International Petroleum Company and then as an independent business consultant and trainer. His many books include Higgs: The Invention and Discovery of the 'God Particle' (OUP, 2012), A Quantum Story: A History in 40 Moments (OUP, 2011) and A Beginner's Guide to Reality (Penguin, 2005).

Table of Contents

    Preface
    1: In the 'Beginning': The Origin of Space, Time and Energy
    2: Breaking the Symmetry: The Origin of Mass
    3: The Last Scattering Surface: The Origin of Light
    4: Setting the Firmament Alight: The Origin of Stars and Galaxies
    5: Synthesis: The Origin of Chemical Complexity
    6: Sol: The Origin of the Sun and its Planets
    7: Terra Firma: The Origin of a Habitable Earth
    8: The Cosmic Imperative: The Origin of Life
    9: Symbiosis
    10: A Song of Ice and Fire: The Origin of Species
    11: The Human Stain: The Origin of Humanity
    12: Cogito Ergo Sum: The Origin of Human Consciousness
    Epilogue
    Appendix: Powers of Ten
    Bibliography
    Index

Reviews

"Jim Baggott's Origins... recount[s] the greatest story ever told: the evolution of the Universe since the Big Bang. This rich crossdisciplinary tale reminds us that astronomy, physics, chemistry, geoscience, biology and neuro science are interconnected. Baggott takes the reader on a linear, 13.8-billion-year journey. His ... treatment abounds with excellent visuals. At its best, Origins reminds me of Richard Holmes's marvellous The Age of Wonder ... Sweeping scope and detailed description ... [Baggott] reminds us that big questions remain in this most wonderful scientific adventure." - Michael S. Turner, Nature

"Origins should be on everyone's bookshelves, whether or not they are a devotee of popular science." - Mark Greener, Fortean Times

"Origins is so clearly written, so engaging, so thought-provoking, that it wouldn't surprise me if it inspires a new generation to take up science." - Mark Greener, Fortean Times

"this guided tour through space, mass, time and energy is spectacular" - Saga

"an impressive scientific tour-de-force, and a book which is perhaps itself a unique creation" - Chemistry & Industry

"this book is a real tour de force ... it is exceptionally well informed and well written" - Network Review

"The collective mind of humanity has made extraordinary progress in its quest to understand how the current richness of the physical world has emerged, and Baggott with his characteristic lucidity and erudition, has provided an enthralling account of this wonderful and still unfolding intellectual journey." - Peter Atkins

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