Origins: Fourteen Billion Years of Cosmic Evolution

Version: Unabridged
Author: Neil DeGrasse Tyson , Donald Goldsmith
Narrator: Kevin Kenerly
Genres: Science & Technology, Astronomy & Physics
Publisher: Blackstone Audiobooks
Published In: September 2014
# of Units: 7 CDs
Length: 8 hours, 30 minutes
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Overview

A thrilling and accessible tour of the cosmos

Our true origins are not just human, or even terrestrial, but in fact cosmic. Drawing on scientific breakthroughs and the current cross-pollination among geology, biology, astrophysics, and cosmology, Origins explains the soul-stirring leaps in our understanding of the cosmos. From the first image of a galaxy birth to Spirit rover’s exploration of Mars, to the discovery of water on one of Jupiter’s moons, coauthors Neil deGrasse Tyson and Donald Goldsmith conduct a galvanizing tour of the cosmos with clarity and exuberance.

“This is the most informative, congenial, and accessible general look at cosmology to come along since Carl Sagan’s Cosmos twenty-seven years ago…General readers of every stripe will benefit from the authors’ sophisticated, deeply knowledgeable presentation.”—Publishers Weekly (starred review)

Reviews (2)

Written by RONELLE JOHN on October 31st, 2016

  • Book Rating: 5/5

Origins: Fourteen Billion Years of Cosmic Evolution authored by Neil DE Grasse Tyson and Donald Gold Smith underscores their deep passion for astronomy and science as a discipline. I was not aware of how much I really enjoyed astronomy until I took a college level astronomy class. Often I wondered about how life began, and the existence of life in other worlds. Tyson authored more than a dozen non-fiction books, and two of his books “ The Pluto Files: The Rise and Fall of America’s Favorite Planet” and “The Sky Is Not The Limit: Adventures of an Urban Astrophysicist” remain at the top of my favorite books list. Tyson used his masterful skills of engaging readers with insight to his genuine passion for astronomy in an intellectual, and interesting delivery. Readers need not be well versed in science disciplines, or specifically aspiring to be a astrophysicist to be able to comprehend and enjoy the vast amount of fascinating information Tyson reviews. In his other titles, Tyson charismatically demonstrates his knowledge of astrophysics by purposefully integrated humor in his concepts. Origins: Fourteen Billion Years of Cosmic Evolution is no different, as Tyson and Goldsmith team up to continue their ultimate goals of effectively spreading science literacy. Origins: Fourteen Billion Years of Cosmic Evolution brilliantly explains key concepts and processes so that the readers who are part of the scientific community, and layman public can make more informed decisions.

Written by Ben Walden on November 9th, 2015

  • Book Rating: 5/5

Excellent book, well written - gets into complex ideas but us still written in a 'down to earth' style. I was astounded by the idea that we may be at a unique point in the universe's life cycle and it is this fact that allows life to exist. Since it has been proven that the universe is expanding at an ever increasing rate, hundreds of billions of years into the future we could not exist at all.

Author Details

Author Details

Tyson, Neil DeGrasse

Neil D. Tyson is research scientist in astrophysics at Princeton University and Curator of Astronomy, Hayden Planetarium, American Museum of Natural History. A graduate of the Bronx High School of Science in New York City, Dr. Tyson received his B.A. in Physics from Harvard and his Ph.D. in Astrophysics from Columbia. He is author of the question-and-answer book "Merlin's Tour of the Universe," published by Columbia University Press

Goldsmith, Donald

Donald Goldsmith is an astronomy writer in Berkeley, California, and the author of more than twenty books.