The Rise of Complexity in Nature
By (author) Eric J. Chaisson
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Cosmic Evolution by Eric J. Chaisson
Book DescriptionWe are connected to distant space and time not only by our imaginations but also through a common cosmic heritage. Emerging now from modern science is a unified scenario of the cosmos, including ourselves as sentient beings, based on the time-honoured concept of change. From galaxies to snowflakes, from stars to planets to life itself, we are beginning to identify an underlying ubiquitous pattern penetrating the fabric of all the natural sciences - a sweepingly encompassing view of the order and structure of every known class of object in our richly endowed universe. This is the subject of Eric Chaisson's new book. In "Cosmic Evolution" Chaisson addresses some of the most basic issues we can contemplate: the origin of matter and the origin of life, and the ways matter, life and radiation interact and change with time. Guided by notions of beauty and symmetry, by the search for simplicity and elegance, by the ambition to explain the widest range of phenomena with the fewest possible principles, Chaisson designs for us an expansive yet intricate model depicting the origin and evolution of all material structures. He shows us that neither new science nor appeals to nonscience are needed to understand the impressive hierarchy of the cosmic evolutionary story, from quark to quasar, from microbe to mind.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780674009875
(225mm x 144mm x 16mm)
Imprint: Harvard University Press
Publisher: Harvard University Press
Publish Date: 1-Oct-2002
Country of Publication: United States
Books By Author Eric J. Chaisson
Epic of Evolution, Paperback (March 2007)
Explaining discoveries and a range of advanced ideas and theories, this book provides a creative and coherent synthesis of scientific thinking on the universe's beginnings. It takes us on a tour of the seven ages of the cosmos, from the formless era of radiation through the origins of human culture.
Thirteenth Labor, Hardback (June 1999)» View all books by Eric J. Chaisson
Written to explore how we might improve science literacy among future citizens given the technological democracy in which most of us live, this book addresses topics such as the importance of transdiciplinarity in science education and the role of science centres in improving science literacy.
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Author Biography - Eric J. Chaisson
Eric J. Chaisson is Research Professor of Physics and Astronomy and Director of the H. Dudley Center for Innovative Science Education at Tufts University. He is the author of Cosmic Dawn, nominated for the National Book Award for distinguished science writing.
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