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Life through time and space

Author: Wallace Arthur; Stephen Arthur, (Illustrator)
Publisher: Cambridge, Massachusetts : Harvard University Press, 2017. ©2017
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
We all had three origins: the origin of our own individual life, the origin of life on Earth, and the origin of our planetary home from a universe that initially had neither stars nor planets. This book tells the stories of these three origins and the evolutionary processes connected with them. It tells the stories in an intertwined way; and it considers the likelihood that intelligent life-forms on other planets  Read more...
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Wallace Arthur; Stephen Arthur, (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9780674975866 0674975863
OCLC Number: 971462300
Description: x, 277 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm
Contents: I. From stars to embryos. Galaxy gazing --
Handy man and other early people --
A human with no nerves --
II. Cycles of life. From celestial furnaces --
Life cycles : animals versus stars --
The moment of conception --
III. In the beginning. A universe begins --
The opposite of a whimper --
Our internal evolution --
IV. Structures and functions. Spacious heavens --
The ecological theater --
Becoming an adult --
V. From boulders to brains. Rubble around the sun --
The very first animals --
Here comes the brain --
VI. Milestones of discovery. Exoplanets and aliens --
From Darwin to Darwinism --
Analyzing the embryo --
VII. Endings and enlightenment. The end of the world --
Extinction and how to avoid it --
From embryo to enlightenment.
Responsibility: Wallace Arthur ; [illustrations by Stephen Arthur].


All humans share three origins: the beginning of our individual lives, the appearance of life on Earth, and the formation of our planetary home. Wallace Arthur combines embryological, evolutionary,  Read more...
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I can recommend this book without reservation. It contains an authoritative and fascinating account of evolution on Earth and, perhaps, further afield. Brilliant and thought-provoking in every Read more...

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