A Very Brief History of the Universe, Earth, and Life

  • Filipe Duarte SantosEmail author
Part of the The Frontiers Collection book series (FRONTCOLL)


Let us begin at the beginning. About 13.6 billion years ago (Spergel, 2003) the Universe we inhabit came into existence in a phenomenon called the Big Bang, in which space, time, energy, and the laws of nature emerged. The initial singularity evolved to states of extremely high energy density and temperature causing a very rapid expansion of space through non-space at a speed far greater than that of light.


Solar System Middle East Accretion Disk Glacial Period Gravitational Collapse 
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© Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg 2012

Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Fac. Ciêncas Depto. FísicaUniversidade de LisboaLisboaPortugal

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