Book ID: CBB001422209

From Dust to Life: The Origin and Evolution of Our Solar System (2014)


Chambers, John (Author)
Mitton, Jacqueline (Author)

Princeton University Press

Publication Date: 2014
Physical Details: xvi + 299 pp.; ill.; index
Language: English

The birth and evolution of our solar system is a tantalizing mystery that may one day provide answers to the question of human origins. This book tells the remarkable story of how the celestial objects that make up the solar system arose from common beginnings billions of years ago, and how scientists and philosophers have sought to unravel this mystery down through the centuries, piecing together the clues that enabled them to deduce the solar system's layout, its age, and the most likely way it formed. Drawing on the history of astronomy and the latest findings in astrophysics and the planetary sciences, John Chambers and Jacqueline Mitton offer the most up-to-date and authoritative treatment of the subject available. They examine how the evolving universe set the stage for the appearance of our Sun, and how the nebulous cloud of gas and dust that accompanied the young Sun eventually became the planets, comets, moons, and asteroids that exist today. They explore how each of the planets acquired its unique characteristics, why some are rocky and others gaseous, and why one planet in particular--our Earth--provided an almost perfect haven for the emergence of life.

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Review Good, Gregory (2014) Review of "From Dust to Life: The Origin and Evolution of Our Solar System". Physics in Perspective (pp. 406-409). unapi

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