By: Harold J Morowitz
209 pages, Figs, 2 tabs
A leading scientist examines 28 key moments in the evolution of the universe, life, and the human spirit. Morowitz illuminates the emergence of the stars, the birth of the elements and of the periodic table, and the appearance of solar systems and planets. He looks at the emergence of living cells, animals, vertebrates, reptiles, and mammals, leading to the great apes and the appearance of humanity. He also examines tool making, the evolution of language, the invention of agriculture and technology, and the birth of cities.
1. The emergence of emergence; 2. Ideas of emergence; 3. The twenty-eight steps; 4. The first emergence: the primordium; 5. Large-scale structure; 6. Stars; 7. The periodic table; 8. Solar systems; 9. Planetary structure; 10. The geospheres; 11. The emergence of metabolism; 12. Cells; 13. Cells with organelles; 14. Multicellularity; 15. Neurons; 16. Animalness; 17. Chordateness; 18. Vertebrateness; 19. Crossing the geospheres; 20. Reptiles; 21. Mammals; 22. The niche; 23. Arboreal animals; 24. Primates; 25. Great apes; 26. Hominization and competitive exclusion; 27. Tool makes; 28. Language; 29. Agriculture; 30. Technology and urbanization; 31. Philosophy; 32. The spirit; 33. Analysing emergences; 34. Athens and Jerusalem; 35. Science and religion; 36. The task ahead
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