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Origins: The Scientific Story of Creation

Jim Baggott



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Oxford University Press
12 September 2017
Mathematics & Sciences; Popular science; Cosmology & the universe; Evolution
What is life? Where do we come from and how did we evolve? What is the universe and how was it formed? What is the nature of the material world? How does it work? How and why do we think? What does it mean to be human? How do we know?

There are many different versions of our creation story. This book tells the version according to modern science. It is a unique account, starting at the Big Bang and traveling right up to the emergence of humans as conscious intelligent beings, 13.8 billion years later. Chapter by chapter, it sets out the current state of scientific knowledge: the origins of space and time; energy, mass, and light; galaxies, stars, and our sun; the habitable earth, and complex life itself.

Drawing together the physical and biological sciences, Baggott recounts what we currently know of our history, highlighting the questions science has yet to answer.
By:   Jim Baggott
Imprint:   Oxford University Press
Country of Publication:   United Kingdom
Dimensions:   Height: 228mm,  Width: 150mm,  Spine: 19mm
Weight:   664g
ISBN:   9780198707653
ISBN 10:   0198707657
Pages:   432
Publication Date:   12 September 2017
Audience:   General/trade ,  ELT Advanced
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Out of Print

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).

Reviews for Origins: The Scientific Story of Creation

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 * this book is a real tour de force ... it is exceptionally well informed and well written * Network Review * an impressive scientific tour-de-force, and a book which is perhaps itself a unique creation * Chemistry & Industry * this guided tour through space, mass, time and energy is spectacular * Saga * 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 * Origins should be on everyone's bookshelves, whether or not they are a devotee of popular science. * Mark Greener, Fortean Times * 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 *

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