The Universe Within by Neil Shubin audiobook

The Universe Within: Discovering the Common History of Rocks, Planets, and People

By Neil Shubin
Read by Marc Cashman

Random House Audio 9780307378439
6.60 Hours Unabridged
Format: Digital Download (In Stock)
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From one of our finest and most popular science writers, the best-selling author of Your Inner Fish, comes the answer to a scientific mystery story as big as the world itself: How have astronomical events that took place millions of years ago created the unique qualities of the human species? In his last book, Neil Shubin delved into the amazing connections between human anatomy—our hands, our jaws—and the structures in the fish that first took over land 375 million years ago. Now, with his trademark clarity and exuberance, he takes an even more expansive approach to the question of why we are the way we are. Starting once again with fossils, Shubin turns his gaze skyward.  He shows how the entirety of the universe's 14-billion-year history can be seen in our bodies. From our very molecular composition (a result of stellar events at the origin of our solar system), he makes clear, through the working of our eyes, how the evolution of the cosmos has had profound effects on the development of human life on earth.

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A New York Times bestseller

A Kirkus Reviews “New and Notable Title” for Nonfiction, January 2013

From one of our finest and most popular science writers, the best-selling author of Your Inner Fish, comes the answer to a scientific mystery story as big as the world itself: How have astronomical events that took place millions of years ago created the unique qualities of the human species? In his last book, Neil Shubin delved into the amazing connections between human anatomy—our hands, our jaws—and the structures in the fish that first took over land 375 million years ago. Now, with his trademark clarity and exuberance, he takes an even more expansive approach to the question of why we are the way we are. Starting once again with fossils, Shubin turns his gaze skyward.  He shows how the entirety of the universe's 14-billion-year history can be seen in our bodies. From our very molecular composition (a result of stellar events at the origin of our solar system), he makes clear, through the working of our eyes, how the evolution of the cosmos has had profound effects on the development of human life on earth.

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

“What is special about the book is its sweep, its scope, its panorama—how physics, biology, geology, chemistry and seemingly every other science are brought to bear on the most intricate details of human life.” Wall Street Journal
“An illuminating account of how life on earth is shaped by the rhythms of the cosmos…[A] dazzling excursion into life, the universe, and everything.” Times Literary Supplement
“A new, fresh way of telling the story of life, the universe, and everything…Shubin illuminate[s] the story of discovery in unexpected and hugely enjoyable ways.” Guardian (London)
“Walt Whitman yawped, ‘I contain multitudes,’ and in Your Inner Fish, Shubin confirmed him by demonstrating how the evolution of life on earth is inscribed in the human body. Now Shubin shows that all creation, from the big bang on, is packed in there, too…In short, universal history made us what we are. Wow.” Booklist (starred review)
“Shubin illuminates, with Carl Sagan-like clarity and elegance, the specifics behind the Joni Mitchell lyric ‘We are stardust.’” Time Out Chicago
“Even those familiar with the basic underpinnings of how we evolved will find The Universe Within engaging.” Scientific American
The Universe Within gives us an appreciation of how we are just small specks and small moments in time. But it also challenges us to take steps to protect our environment so our world can last a little longer.” BookPage
“Shubin shares the findings of some of the great scientific specialists—as well as those of a few unsung heroes. But he also explains how a generalist’s appreciation of their work is still possible, simply by looking inside the human body.” New Scientist
“Wonderful…We need writers [like Shubin] who can make deeper connections between people and the natural world around them, as well as showing how that interrelatedness has played out over the deep time of geology.” Seattle Times
“An intelligent, eloquent account of our relations with the inanimate universe.” Kirkus Reviews (starred review)
“A volume of truly inspired science writing…Shubin deftly balances breadth and depth in his search for a ‘sublimely beautiful truth.’” Publishers Weekly

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Author Bio: Neil Shubin

Author Bio: Neil Shubin

Neil Shubin is the author of the bestselling Your Inner Fish, which was chosen by the National Academy of Sciences as the best book of the year in 2009. Trained at Columbia, Harvard, and the University of California at Berkeley, Shubin is associate dean of biological sciences at the University of Chicago. In 2011 he was elected to the National Academy of Sciences.

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Available Formats : Digital Download
Runtime: 6.60
Audience: Adult
Language: English