Our true origins are not only human, or even terrestrial, but in fact cosmic. Drawing on recent scientific breakthroughs and cross-pollination among geology, biology, astrophysics, and cosmology, Origins illuminates the soul-stirring leaps in our understanding of the cosmos. This newly revised and updated edition features such startling discoveries as the more than 5,000 newly detected exoplanets that shed light on the origins of and possibilities for life in the cosmos, and data from a host of new ground-based and spaceborne observatories that have fundamentally changed what we know about the expanding universe – and maybe even the laws of physics.
From the first image of a galaxy's birth to tantalizing evidence of water not only on Mars but also on the asteroid Ceres, as well as moons of Jupiter and Saturn, coauthors Neil deGrasse Tyson and Donald Goldsmith conduct an exhilarating tour of the cosmos with clarity and exuberance.
Neil deGrasse Tyson is an astrophysicist with the American Museum of Natural History and the New York Times best-selling author of Astrophysics for People in a Hurry. He lives in New York City. Donald Goldsmith is an astronomy writer in Berkeley, California.
"Tyson and Goldsmith search the depths of the universe for clues to how billions of heavenly bodies, Earth, and life itself began. They energetically cover the breadth of modern cosmology."
– Science News
"Animated, good-natured and widely appealing."
– Richard Tihany, Eyepiece
"Who can ask for better cosmic tour guides to the universe than Drs. Tyson and Goldsmith?"
– Michio Kaku, author of Hyperspace and Parallel Worlds
"Distill[s] complex science in clear and lively prose."
– Scientific American Book Club
"The most informative, congenial and accessible general look at cosmology to come along since Carl Sagan's Cosmos 27 years ago,"
– Publishers Weekly
"The tone is informational, aimed at high clarity, and laced with giddy humor [...] general readers of every stripe will benefit from the authors' sophisticated, deeply knowledgeable presentation. If the casual book buyer purchases one science book this year, this should be the one. [...] Introduces the vibrant general-interest literature about individual post-Sagan advances in astronomy and cosmology."
– Gilbert Taylor, Booklist
"This is the book for anyone who wants to see how much we know about our surroundings and how we got here. But it is even more worthwhile for its sense of adventure and for showing just what science – imagination constrained by evidence – can tell us."
– Martin Ince, The Times Higher Education Supplement
"Neil deGrasse Tyson and Donald Goldsmith dip into astronomy, physics, geology, biology and chemistry with a racy and non-mathematical style. They encourage us to search for answers that could overturn much of what we think we already know. The task is daunting, but the excitement glows from every page."
– David Hughes, New Scientist