It's just the nature of the beast. He has written many books on myth, Homer, and the history of writing. Baggott takes the reader on a linear, 13. Thus, they believe that the creation story in Genesis must have been absolutely true, in its original or autograph copies: God formed the world, its life forms, and the rest of the universe in one continual act of creation. Let me try to assess the book completely on its own first.
This story usually describes some prehistoric event which led to the creation of sun, stars and everything else that we see around us. Cite this article: Duane Gish, Ph. What does it mean to be human? Uniform processes such as normal river sedimentation, small volcanoes, slow erosion, and small earthquakes appear insufficient to explain large portions of the geologic record. Geologic data reflect catastrophic flooding. The sheer variety of events described in these stories should logically inspire a question: Which one is true? Contents Preface 1: In the 'Beginning': The Origin of Space, Time and Energy 2: Breaking the Symmetry: The Origin of Mass 3: The Last Scattering Surface: The Origin of Light 4: Setting the Firmament Alight: The Origin of Stars and Galaxies 5: Synthesis: The Origin of Chemical Complexity 6: Sol: The Origin of the Sun and its Planets 7: Terra Firma: The Origin of a Habitable Earth 8: The Cosmic Imperative: The Origin of Life 9: Symbiosis 10: A Song of Ice and Fire: The Origin of Species 11: The Human Stain: The Origin of Humanity 12: Cogito Ergo Sum: The Origin of Human Consciousness Epilogue Appendix: Powers of Ten Bibliography Index Customer Reviews Biography Jim Baggott is a freelance science writer. Origins: The Scientific Story of Creation tells the version according to modern science.
After all, in taking us from the Planck epoch to the present day, he not only has to encompass 13. And some more important topics - like let's say the real implications of relativity on the fabric of cosmos - are covered perfunctorily. He has worked as a research biochemist with Cornell University Medical College, the Virus Laboratory, University of California - Berkeley, and The Upjohn Co. That's a whole lot of science to pack in. This story culminates by describing how the people of a particular community who follow that religion came to be. Reviewed from a copy made available by the publisher via NetGalley. Some of the details on chemistry, reactions and molecules also being easier to understand and track in text over audio form.
What does it mean to be human? After all, we cannot really know what the world was like before its creation. What does it mean to be human? The Second Law of Thermodynamics states that matter and energy always tend to change from complex and ordered states to disordered states. The story spans a staggering 13+ billion years, and is marked with cataclysmic as well as still-mysterious events almost beyond our imagination. Full of insightful and stunning pictures and diagrams, this book explains smoothly some of the most arcane concepts of astrophysics, chemistry, geology and biology without over-simplification. Posted on October 15, 2015. Actually, any two species of life have a common ancestor, even humans and cabbages, or dogs and sharks.
The inception of the earth and of living kinds may have been relatively recent. The Last Scattering Surface: The Origin of Light 4. The Second Law of Thermodynamics states that things tend to go from order to disorder entropy tends to increase unless added energy is directed by a conversion mechanism such as photosynthesis , whether a system is open or closed. It is a unique account, sta What is life? It is about how the world on which we live came to be, how life began and evolved to produce us: conscious, intelligent beings capable of a rational, scientific investigation of their beginnings. Thankfully, Science has led the way as usual in describing how the universe came to be, how the first atoms were formed, first clouds of gases coalesced to form stars, all the way to human origins. The Universe and the Solar System Were Suddenly Created.
Genesis, for instance, contains two conflicting myths, while the Ancient Egyptians had a whole collection of incompatible variations, though this didn't really matter, because these were stories with a message, rather than an attempt at history or science. Evolution after Darwin: The Evolution of Life, Chicago:Univ. The inception of the earth and then of life must have occurred several billion years ago. Rather than display my areas of scientific strength and weakness and nitpick specific sections I prefer to commend Baggott on making an account that, while challenging for those only somewhat well-versed in these topics, is still accessible to the general reader. That the mind directs the body is an illusion, it is the other way around. Systematic gaps occur between kinds in the fossil record. There are also seminars and audiovisuals for training teachers to offer both models of origins.
These often beautiful stories describe how the world came into being and, most importantly in terms of the reason the stories exist, explore how we as humans relate to the wider universe. The earth's geologic features appear to have been fashioned largely by rapid, catastrophic processes that affected the earth on a global and regional scale catastrophism. Certain topics - like when the author covers the masses and spins of most standard model particles - are discussed with encyclopaedic zeal. They refer to the creation of the world in order to guarantee the vigor of the glorified king, buried in an artificial primeval hill. Natural selection is a tautologous concept circular reasoning , because it simply requires the fittest organisms to leave the most offspring and at the same time it identifies the fittest organisms as those that leave the most offspring. It also means that there is limited opportunity for story, for narrative - and that the biggest drawback of this book.
Human babies are born in a sack of water and of course all sorts of things emerge from the sea. The story shifts about halfway through from mostly physics and chemistry to biology and chemistry lets face it, chemistry is every where! To me, a comparison with Cosmosapiens is unavoidable and this book comes short. Every civilisation has its creation myths. Drawing together the physical and biological sciences, Baggott recounts what we currently know of our history, highlighting the questions science has yet to answer. Sol: The Origin of the Sun and its Planets 7. And, like the ancients, we fashion these observations into the story of our creation.