The Universe Within by Neil Shubin
Discovering the Common History of Rocks, Planets, and People

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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.
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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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About Neil Shubin

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Neil Shubin is the author of the best-selling 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.
 
Published January 8, 2013 by Vintage. 252 pages
Genres: Nature & Wildlife, Science & Math, Sports & Outdoors, Professional & Technical. Non-fiction
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Guardian

Above average
Reviewed by Tim Radford on Feb 01 2013

The Universe Within may not quite deliver on the promise of its opening pages, but digressions such as these illuminate the story of discovery in unexpected and hugely enjoyable ways.

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WSJ online

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Reviewed by Sam Kean on Jan 11 2013

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.

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NY Journal of Books

Below average
Reviewed by Maria Stadtmueller on Jan 05 2013

The Universe Within contains many valuable facts, histories, and theories; however, it reads as if it were written in a vacuum. It’s unfortunate that Dr. Shubin...has ignored the starkly challenging era we live in.

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