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Life Through Time and Space

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By: Wallace Arthur(Author), Stephen Arthur(Illustrator)

277 pages, 7 b/w illustrations

Harvard University Press

Hardback | Aug 2017 | #236660 | ISBN-13: 9780674975866
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All humans share three origins: the beginning of our individual lives, the appearance of life on Earth, and the formation of our planetary home. Life Through Time and Space brings together the latest discoveries in both biology and astronomy to examine our deepest questions about where we came from, where we are going, and whether we are alone in the cosmos.

A distinctive voice in the growing field of astrobiology, Wallace Arthur combines embryological, evolutionary, and cosmological perspectives to tell the story of life on Earth and its potential to exist elsewhere in the universe. He guides us on a journey through the myriad events that started with the big bang and led to the universe we inhabit today. Along the way, readers learn about the evolution of life from a primordial soup of organic molecules to complex plants and animals, about Earth's geological transformation from barren rock to diverse ecosystems, and about human development from embryo to infant to adult. Arthur looks closely at the history of mass extinctions and the prospects for humanity's future on our precious planet.

Do intelligent aliens exist on a distant planet in the Milky Way, sharing the three origins that characterize all life on Earth? In addressing this question, Life Through Time and Space tackles the many riddles of our place and fate in the universe that have intrigued human beings since they first gazed in wonder at the nighttime sky.



I. From Stars to Embryos
    1. Galaxy Gazing
    2. Handy Man and Other Early People
    3. A Human with No Nerves
II. Cycles of Life
    4. From Celestial Furnaces
    5. Life Cycles: Animals versus Stars
    6. The Moment of Conception
III. In the Beginning
    7. A Universe Begins
    8. The Opposite of a Whimper
    9. Our Internal Evolution
IV. Structures and Functions
    10. Spacious Heavens
    11. The Ecological Theater
    12. Becoming an Adult
V. From Boulders to Brains
    13. Rubble around the Sun
    14. The Very First Animals
    15. Here Comes the Brain
VI. Milestones of Discovery
    16. Exoplanets and Aliens
    17. From Darwin to Darwinism
    18. Analyzing the Embryo
VII. Endings and Enlightenment
    19. The End of the World
    20. Extinction and How to Avoid It
    21. From Embryo to Enlightenment


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Wallace Arthur is Emeritus Professor of Zoology at the National University of Ireland, Galway.

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