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    DescriptionIn "The Universe Within", Neil Shubin, one of the world's leading experts, reveals to us the extraordinary cosmic and evolutionary adventure of our own bodies. During the past 13.7 billion years (or so) since the Big Bang, our universe has evolved, stars have formed and died and our planet congealed from the matter in space. For aeons, the earth has circled the sun while mountains, seas and entire continents have come and gone. Against this epic backdrop, humanity's place in the cosmos can look tiny and insignificant. But as Neil Shubin shows in this revelatory new book, the one place where universe, solar system and planet merge is inside your body. Shubin shows how the origin of the Moon is tied to our internal body clocks; how the vast amounts of water on Earth and inside all living creatures crossed the deepest stretches of space to us; how strange fluctuations in the orbits within our solar system have led to our irregular ice-ages; and how tiny imbalances in the chaos immediately after the Big Bang can explain why matter exists at all. Delving below the earth's surface and into the frozen Arctic, exploring the smallest atomic structures and the vast reaches of space, Neil Shubin uncovers a sublimely beautiful, almost magical truth: that in every one of us lies the most profound story of all - how we and our world came to be. "Shubin is not only a distinguished scientist, but a wonderfully lucid and elegant writer; he is an irrepressibly enthusiastic teacher ...a science writer of the first rank". (Oliver Sacks). Neil Shubin is a palaeontologist in the great tradition of his mentors, Ernst Mayr and Stephen Jay Gould. He has discovered fossils around the world that have changed the way we think about many of the key transitions in evolution and has pioneered a new synthesis of expeditionary palaeontology, developmental genetics and genomics. He trained at Columbia, Harvard and Berkeley and is currently a Professor in the Department of Organismal Biology and Anatomy at the University of Chicago. His previous book is "Your Inner Fish: The Amazing Discovery Of Our 375-Million-Year-Old Ancestor".


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    Title
    The Universe within
    Subtitle
    A Scientific Adventure
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Neil Shubin
    Physical properties
    Format: Hardback
    Number of pages: 240
    Width: 162 mm
    Height: 240 mm
    Thickness: 25 mm
    Weight: 464 g
    Language
    English
    ISBN
    ISBN 13: 9781846142208
    ISBN 10: 1846142202
    Classifications

    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: T8.0
    BIC E4L: SCP
    BIC subject category V2: PDZ, PSX, PG
    Libri: ENGM4560
    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 16480
    BISAC V2.8: SCI008000, SCI000000, SCI019000, SCI056000
    BIC subject category V2: WNR
    BISAC V2.8: SCI036000, NAT015000, SCI004000, SCI027000, NAT030000
    Libri: KOSM6000
    DC23: 500
    Publisher
    Penguin Books Ltd
    Imprint name
    ALLEN LANE
    Publication date
    07 February 2013
    Publication City/Country
    London
    Author Information
    Neil Shubin is a palaeontologist in the great tradition of his mentors, Ernst Mayr and Stephen Jay Gould. He has discovered fossils around the world that have changed the way we think about many of the key transitions in evolution and has pioneered a new synthesis of expeditionary palaeontology, developmental genetics and genomics. He trained at Columbia, Harvard and Berkeley and is currently a Professor in the Department of Organismal Biology and Anatomy at the University of Chicago.
    Review quote
    Shubin is not only a distinguished scientist, but a wonderfully lucid and elegant writer; he is an irrepressibly enthusiastic teacher ... a science writer of the first rank -- Oliver Sacks