The Universe Within

The Universe Within

Discovering the Common History of Rocks, Planets, and People

Book - 2013
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** Kirkus Best Books of the Year (2013)**

From one of our finest and most popular science writers, and the best-selling author of Your Inner Fish, comes the answer to a scientific mystery as big as the world itself: How are the events that formed our solar system billions of years ago embedded inside each of us?

In Your Inner Fish, Neil Shubin delved into the amazing connections between human bodies--our hands, heads, and jaws--and the structures in fish and worms that lived hundreds of millions of years ago. In The Universe Within, with his trademark clarity and exuberance, Shubin takes an even more expansive approach to the question of why we look the way we do. Starting once again with fossils, he turns his gaze skyward, showing us how the entirety of the universe's fourteen-billion-year history can be seen in our bodies. As he moves from our very molecular composition (a result of stellar events at the origin of our solar system) through the workings of our eyes, Shubin makes clear how the evolution of the cosmos has profoundly marked our own bodies.


Publisher: New York : Pantheon Books, c2013
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780307378439
Branch Call Number: ANF 550 SHU
Characteristics: x, 225 p. : ill., maps ; 22 cm


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JCLAmyF Nov 07, 2016

This was really interesting but I kept being bothered by the writing style. Especially the conclusions of each chapter/section made me think of high school 5 paragraph essay conclusions.

Jun 16, 2015

A brusque and reader friendly tour of the body and its processes and how these relate to other life and the world and the elements too.

Jun 18, 2014

I read this book after reading Dr. Shubin's "Your Inner Fish" which gave a biological explanation and examples of evolution in living things as found in the fossil records. "The Universe Within" is more about cosmology and how all things in the cosmos are related; from the atoms to human beings. It is a terrific read and very easy to understand if you are interested in evolution. It is impressive that Dr. Shubin is able to explain in plain english about the beginnings of our universe. A few points in the book were also mentioned in the TV special, "Cosmos, A Spacetime Odyssey".

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