A compelling scientific exploration of the birth of the universe, the building blocks of life, and the possibilities for the future of mankind.
What are we? Where do we come from? Where are we going?
In this probing book, three eminent scientists—an astrophysicist, an organic chemist, and an anthropologist—discuss some of the fundamnetal questions that have obsessed humankind through the ages and offer enlightening answers in terms the layperson can understand.
Until now, most of these questions were addressed by religion and philosophy. But science has reached a point where it, too, can contribute to the conversation. Beginning with the Big Bang roughly fifteen billion years ago, the authors trace the evolution of the cosmos, from the first particles to atoms, molecules, the development of cells, organisms, and living creatures, up to the arrival of Homo erectus and Homo sapiens.
Proactive, informative, and free of technical or scientific jargon, Origins offers compelling insights into how the universe, life on Earth, and the human species began.