In The Life Era, Eric Chaisson continues telling the scenario of cosmic evolution begun with his award winning Cosmic Dawn. Stressing the time-honored concept of change, he articulates three grand eras in universal history: the radiation era, starting with the big bang; the matter era, when organized structures emerged; and the life era, when technologically sentient beings take control of their destiny.
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Eric Chaisson is director of the Wright Center for Science Education at Tufts University, where he is also professor of physics and professor of education. He is a two-time winner of the American Institute of Physics Science Writing Award (for Cosmic Dawn and Hubble Wars), and is co-author of Astronomy Today, the nation's most widely used astronomy text book.From Publishers Weekly:
This provocative "book length essay" is the second in a projected trilogy, following Cosmic Dawn, which examined the origins of matter and life and pointed the way to the Chaisson's view that, as matter grew out of cosmic energy, so in our time this process of "cosmic selection" has led to a "Life Era" that will see humans, through technology, give creative direction to evolutionincluding, perhaps, that of the cosmos. The author, an associate professor at Harvard and a researcher in astrophysics at MIT, is caught up in those ultimate questions that distinguish philosophers and theologians such as Kant, Descartes, Teilhard, Tillich, and he is in the tradition of moderns like Carl Sagan, J. S. Trefil, George Wald, Jacques Monod and others who urge science into new dimensions. Chaisson is a bedrock scientist, however, and what some might dismiss as mysticism disguised as freewheeling physics is, in fact, hard science with enriching overtones. His study of cosmic change is followed by an appended "mathematical guide" that is dazzling. Macmillan Book Clubs alternate.
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