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The unity of science : exploring our universe, from the big bang to the twenty-first century  Cover Image Book Book

The unity of science : exploring our universe, from the big bang to the twenty-first century / Irwin Shapiro.

Shapiro, Irwin I., (author.).

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  • ISBN: 9780300253610
  • ISBN: 0300253613
  • Physical Description: xi, 359 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
  • Publisher: New Haven ; Yale University Press, [2023]

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Bibliography, etc. Note:
Includes bibliographical references (pages 331-350) and index.
Formatted Contents Note:
Introduction: Why Should We Care About the Unity of Science? -- Motions Seen in the Sky -- Modeling the Motion of Celestial Bodies -- The Telescope and the Speed of Light -- The Law of Gravitation, the Discovery of Planets, and Special and General Theories of Relativity -- The Cosmic Distance Ladder -- The Cosmic Microwave Background -- Dark Matter and Dark Energy -- The Origin, Shape, and Size of the Earth -- The Earth's Innards -- The Evolution of the Earth's Surface -- The Structure of Matter -- The Age of the Earth -- Fossils -- Sauropods: A Comprehensive, yet Superficial, Look -- The Demise of the Dinosaurs -- Story of Life: Darwin's, Wallace's, and Mendel's Contributions -- The Molecular Basis of Heredity -- DNA: The Hereditary Molecule and Its Structure -- Properties and Functions of DNA -- The Origin of Life, the Tree of Life, and Samples of Evolution -- Tardigrades, the Applications of Dna, and the Human Spread across the Globe -- The Search for Extraterrestrial Life.
Summary, etc.:
"A journey guided by science that explores the universe, the earth, and the story of life For Irwin Shapiro, science starts with questions. This book provides a broad and entertaining survey of major scientific discoveries that have changed our views of nature and, in turn, spawned further questions. Shapiro, an award-winning scientist and beloved teacher, separates his inquiry into three parts: looking up at the universe; looking down at the earth and its fossils; and looking in at the story of life. His framework encourages readers to view science as a detective story--to observe and question nature and natural phenomena, and to base all conclusions on scientific evidence. With his knowledgeable yet conversational approach, Shapiro offers an enjoyable way for the curious to learn about the foundations of a range of scientific topics: the motions of bodies in the cosmos, the history and structure of the earth, the evolution of organisms, and the search for extraterrestrial life and intelligence."-- Provided by publisher.
Subject: Cosmology.
Earth (Planet)
Evolution (Biology)

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Southbury Public Library 523.1 SHAPIRO (Text) 34019156206005 Adult New Nonfiction Checked out 04/22/2024

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