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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-xix
  2. The Widening World View

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Pekka Teerikorpi, Mauri Valtonen, Kirsi Lehto, Harry Lehto, Gene Byrd, Arthur Chernin
      Pages 3-13
    3. Pekka Teerikorpi, Mauri Valtonen, Kirsi Lehto, Harry Lehto, Gene Byrd, Arthur Chernin
      Pages 15-23
    4. Pekka Teerikorpi, Mauri Valtonen, Kirsi Lehto, Harry Lehto, Gene Byrd, Arthur Chernin
      Pages 25-37
    5. Pekka Teerikorpi, Mauri Valtonen, Kirsi Lehto, Harry Lehto, Gene Byrd, Arthur Chernin
      Pages 39-48
    6. Pekka Teerikorpi, Mauri Valtonen, Kirsi Lehto, Harry Lehto, Gene Byrd, Arthur Chernin
      Pages 49-59
    7. Pekka Teerikorpi, Mauri Valtonen, Kirsi Lehto, Harry Lehto, Gene Byrd, Arthur Chernin
      Pages 61-72
    8. Pekka Teerikorpi, Mauri Valtonen, Kirsi Lehto, Harry Lehto, Gene Byrd, Arthur Chernin
      Pages 73-88
    9. Pekka Teerikorpi, Mauri Valtonen, Kirsi Lehto, Harry Lehto, Gene Byrd, Arthur Chernin
      Pages 89-102
    10. Pekka Teerikorpi, Mauri Valtonen, Kirsi Lehto, Harry Lehto, Gene Byrd, Arthur Chernin
      Pages 103-110
  3. Physical Laws of Nature

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 111-111
    2. Pekka Teerikorpi, Mauri Valtonen, Kirsi Lehto, Harry Lehto, Gene Byrd, Arthur Chernin
      Pages 113-120
    3. Pekka Teerikorpi, Mauri Valtonen, Kirsi Lehto, Harry Lehto, Gene Byrd, Arthur Chernin
      Pages 121-138
    4. Pekka Teerikorpi, Mauri Valtonen, Kirsi Lehto, Harry Lehto, Gene Byrd, Arthur Chernin
      Pages 139-148
    5. Pekka Teerikorpi, Mauri Valtonen, Kirsi Lehto, Harry Lehto, Gene Byrd, Arthur Chernin
      Pages 149-160
    6. Pekka Teerikorpi, Mauri Valtonen, Kirsi Lehto, Harry Lehto, Gene Byrd, Arthur Chernin
      Pages 161-171
    7. Pekka Teerikorpi, Mauri Valtonen, Kirsi Lehto, Harry Lehto, Gene Byrd, Arthur Chernin
      Pages 173-189
    8. Pekka Teerikorpi, Mauri Valtonen, Kirsi Lehto, Harry Lehto, Gene Byrd, Arthur Chernin
      Pages 191-205
    9. Pekka Teerikorpi, Mauri Valtonen, Kirsi Lehto, Harry Lehto, Gene Byrd, Arthur Chernin
      Pages 207-219
    10. Pekka Teerikorpi, Mauri Valtonen, Kirsi Lehto, Harry Lehto, Gene Byrd, Arthur Chernin
      Pages 221-238
  4. The Universe

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 239-239
    2. Pekka Teerikorpi, Mauri Valtonen, Kirsi Lehto, Harry Lehto, Gene Byrd, Arthur Chernin
      Pages 241-261
    3. Pekka Teerikorpi, Mauri Valtonen, Kirsi Lehto, Harry Lehto, Gene Byrd, Arthur Chernin
      Pages 263-284
    4. Pekka Teerikorpi, Mauri Valtonen, Kirsi Lehto, Harry Lehto, Gene Byrd, Arthur Chernin
      Pages 285-315
    5. Pekka Teerikorpi, Mauri Valtonen, Kirsi Lehto, Harry Lehto, Gene Byrd, Arthur Chernin
      Pages 317-328
    6. Pekka Teerikorpi, Mauri Valtonen, Kirsi Lehto, Harry Lehto, Gene Byrd, Arthur Chernin
      Pages 329-350
    7. Pekka Teerikorpi, Mauri Valtonen, Kirsi Lehto, Harry Lehto, Gene Byrd, Arthur Chernin
      Pages 351-370
    8. Pekka Teerikorpi, Mauri Valtonen, Kirsi Lehto, Harry Lehto, Gene Byrd, Arthur Chernin
      Pages 371-381
    9. Pekka Teerikorpi, Mauri Valtonen, Kirsi Lehto, Harry Lehto, Gene Byrd, Arthur Chernin
      Pages 383-402
    10. Pekka Teerikorpi, Mauri Valtonen, Kirsi Lehto, Harry Lehto, Gene Byrd, Arthur Chernin
      Pages 403-415
  5. Life in the Universe

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 417-417
    2. Pekka Teerikorpi, Mauri Valtonen, Kirsi Lehto, Harry Lehto, Gene Byrd, Arthur Chernin
      Pages 419-446
    3. Pekka Teerikorpi, Mauri Valtonen, Kirsi Lehto, Harry Lehto, Gene Byrd, Arthur Chernin
      Pages 447-465
    4. Pekka Teerikorpi, Mauri Valtonen, Kirsi Lehto, Harry Lehto, Gene Byrd, Arthur Chernin
      Pages 467-489
    5. Pekka Teerikorpi, Mauri Valtonen, Kirsi Lehto, Harry Lehto, Gene Byrd, Arthur Chernin
      Pages 491-526
    6. Pekka Teerikorpi, Mauri Valtonen, Kirsi Lehto, Harry Lehto, Gene Byrd, Arthur Chernin
      Pages 527-546
    7. Pekka Teerikorpi, Mauri Valtonen, Kirsi Lehto, Harry Lehto, Gene Byrd, Arthur Chernin
      Pages 547-557
  6. Back Matter
    Pages 559-584

About this book

Introduction

Regarding his discoveries, Sir Isaac Newton famously said, "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, a 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.

This book contains a great breadth of knowledge, from astronomy and physics to chemistry and biology. The second edition brings this story up to date, chronicling scientific achievements in recent years in such fields of research as cosmology, the large-scale architecture of the universe, black holes, exoplanets, and the search for extraterrestrial life.

With over 250 figures, this is a non-technical, easy-to-read textbook at an introductory college level that is ideal for anyone interested in science as well as its history.


Keywords

introduction to cosmology development of modern physics cosmological models cosmic evolution history of astronomy cosmology explained cosmology for students origins of life building blocks of the universe the cosmic timeline structure of the universe Copernican Revolution history life in extrasolar systems

Authors and affiliations

  • Pekka Teerikorpi
    • 1
  • Mauri Valtonen
    • 2
  • Kirsi Lehto
    • 3
  • Harry Lehto
    • 4
  • Gene Byrd
    • 5
  • Arthur Chernin
    • 6
  1. 1.Department of Physics and AstronomyUniversity of TurkuTurkuFinland
  2. 2.Department of Physics and AstronomyUniversity of TurkuTurkuFinland
  3. 3.Department of BiologyUniversity of TurkuTurkuFinland
  4. 4.Department of Physics and AstronomyUniversity of TurkuTurkuFinland
  5. 5.Department of Physics and AstronomyThe University of AlabamaTuscaloosaUSA
  6. 6.Sternberg Astronomical InstituteMoscow UniversityMoscowRussia

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