The Evolving Universe and the Origin of Life

The Search for Our Cosmic Roots

  • Pekka Teerikorpi
  • Mauri Valtonen
  • Kirsi Lehto
  • Harry Lehto
  • Gene Byrd
  • Arthur Chernin

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xvii
  2. The Widening World View

  3. Physical Laws of Nature

    1. Pages 103-109
    2. Pages 111-123
    3. Pages 125-133
    4. Pages 147-156
    5. Pages 157-169
    6. Pages 171-184
    7. Pages 185-197
    8. Pages 199-214
  4. The Universe

  5. Life in the Universe

  6. Back Matter
    Pages 489-508

About this book


Sir Isaac Newton famously said, regarding his discoveries, "If I have seen further it is by standing upon the shoulders of giants."

The Evolving Universe and the Origin of Life describes, complete with fascinating biographical details of the thinkers involved, the ascent to the metaphorical shoulders accomplished by the greatest minds in history. For the first time, a single book can take the reader on a journey through the history of the universe as interpreted by the expanding body of knowledge of humankind. From subatomic particles to the protein chains that form life, and expanding in scale to the entire universe, this book covers the science that explains how we came to be.

The Evolving Universe and the Origin of Life contains a great breadth of knowledge, from astronomy to physics, from chemistry to biology. It includes over 350 figures that enhance the comprehension of concepts both basic and advanced, and is a non-technical, easy-to-read text at an introductory college level that is ideal for anyone interested in science as well as its history.


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Authors and affiliations

  • Pekka Teerikorpi
    • 1
  • Mauri Valtonen
    • 1
  • Kirsi Lehto
    • 2
  • Harry Lehto
    • 1
  • Gene Byrd
    • 3
  • Arthur Chernin
    • 4
  1. 1.Department of Physics and Astronomy Tuorla ObservatoryUniversity of TurkuPiikkiöFinland
  2. 2.Department of Biology Laboratory of Plant PhysiologyUniversity of TurkuTurkuFinland
  3. 3.Department of Physics and AstronomyUniversity of AlabamaTuscaloosaUSA
  4. 4.Sternberg State Astronomical InstituteMoscowRussia

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