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The Universe within

A Scientific Adventure

Neil Shubin

The Universe within - Neil Shubin
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In 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.

Wat zegt de pers?

‘Profoundly fascinating ... a magisterial work ... if you want to understand the evolutionary history of man and other animals read this.’ - Financial Times

‘Stunning case histories ... dazzling work ... Shubin’s style is light and easygoing.’ - Guardian

‘Simple, passionate writing ... a twenty-first-century anatomy lesson.’ - Nature

‘Fascinating ... his conclusions take our history back to scarcely conceivable eras and forms.’ New Statesman

‘An intelligent, exhilarating and compelling scientific adventure story, one which will change forever how you understand what it means to be human.’ - Oliver Sacks


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