In the Beginning

In the Beginning : Birth of the Living Universe

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Ripples in space collected by the COBE (Cosmic Background Explorer) satellite in 1992 clearly confirmed current ideas about the Big Bang. But why do matter and nature's fundamental forces seem specially designed to produce our kind of universe? Some scientists see the hand of God, others call this a non-question, but Gribbin suggests a new answer. Going far beyond the Gaia hypothesis, that the Earth is a single living organism, he claims that galaxies may "operate as supernova nurseries", that one universe can "bud" from star-death and "black hole bounce" into another, and that such "offspring" are being steadily refined by evolution.show more

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  • Paperback | 288 pages
  • 130 x 196 x 20mm | 199.58g
  • Penguin Books Ltd
  • London, United Kingdom
  • New edition
  • New edition
  • reading, index
  • 0140177922
  • 9780140177923

Table of contents

Part 1 The birth of the universe: our changing universe; COBE in context. Part 2 What is life?: life itself; life on Earth; the living planet. Part 3 What is the universe?: across the universe; the goldilocks effect. Part 4 Is the universe alive?: is the galaxy alive?; the living universe.show more

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