The Universe Within by Neil Shubin

| January 17, 2013 | 0 Comments


Once Neil deGrasse Tyson, after being asked what is the most astounding fact, said that it is undoubtedly the fact that the atoms that formed our planet and our bodies are the same atoms, which came from stars — the universe is within us. The book by Neil Shubin is in many ways an expansion of this idea. In his best-selling book, Neil Shubin attempts to answer the question: How are the events that formed our solar system billions of years ago embedded inside each of us?

About the Author

Neil Shubin is provost of The Field Museum as well as a professor of anatomy at the University of Chicago, where he also serves as an associate dean. Educated at Columbia, Harvard, and the University of California at Berkeley, he lives in Chicago. His other best-selling book is  “Your Inner Fish: A Journey into the 3.5-Billion-Year History of the Human Body“.

Author: Neil Shubin

Paperback: 240 pages

Publisher: Pantheon (2013)

ISBN-10: 0307378438

ISBN-13: 978-0307378439

Kindle edition: (US|UK)

Reviews: 25 customer reviews

Rating: ★★★★½ Ranking: 1 US Version UK Version

Short Review

“A truly delightful story of how human beings and life on Earth are connected to the wider universe. We don’t observe reality from outside; we’re embedded deeply within in it, and it shows. Neil Shubin is a sure-handed and entertaining guide to the big picture of how we came to be.” –Sean Carroll, theoretical physicist and author of The Particle at the End of the Universe   

In Your Inner Fish — another best-seller —  Neil Shubin delved into the amazing connections between human bodies—our hands, heads, and jaws—and the structures in fish and worms that lived hundreds of millions of years ago. In The Universe Within, Shubin tackles even bigger questions — why do we look the way we do? — having in mind the role of biology, physics and cosmology, and how they describe what formed our bodies. Starting once again with fossils, he turns his gaze skyward, showing us how the entirety of the universe’s fourteen-billion-year history can be seen in our bodies. As he moves from our very molecular composition (a result of stellar events at the origin of our solar system) through the workings of our eyes, Shubin makes clear how the evolution of the cosmos has profoundly marked our own bodies. In a sense our bodies are like books, which have recorded billions of years of evolution, both cosmic and Darwinian, which is illustrated in this book in a clear and fun-to-read manner.

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