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Fred Adams

Origins of Existence

When we ponder upon our existence, we see that a lot of things had to happen for us to be here. In 'Origins of Existence', Fred Adams follows this process through from the beginning of time. He starts by looking at the laws of physics, and then at the origin of the universe. This is followed by chapters on the formation of galaxies, stars and planets, and this leads on to a look at the origin of life. The final chapter examines how the laws of the universe seem to be fine-tuned to allow for the development of living beings.

The book is essentially a long discussion of the processes leading to life, rather than trying to teach the reader about the subjects concerned. There are a few illustrations, but these are highly stylised - for decoration, rather than helping the reader to understand what the book is saying. Hence I'm not sure that this book would be entirely suitable for those readers with no prior knowledge of the subjects covered, but then again more knowledgable readers may not find much new information. What the book does well is to gather ideas from several different fields to form a consistent thread.

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Hardcover 272 pages  
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Published: 2002 Free Press
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Hardcover 272 pages  
ISBN: 0743212622
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Published: 2002 Simon & Schuster International
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In Origins of Existence astrophysicist Fred Adams takes a radically different approach from the long tradition of biologists and spiritual leaders who have tried to explain how the universe supports the development of life. He argues that life followed naturally from the laws of physics -- which were established as the universe burst into existence at the big bang. Those elegant laws drove the formation of galaxies, stars, and planets -- including some like our Earth. That chain of creation produced all the tiny chemical structures and vast celestial landscapes required for life. Ultimately, physical laws and the complexity they generate define the kind of biospheres that are possible -- from an Amazon rain forest to a frigid ocean beneath an ice sheet on a Jovian moon. Adams suggests that life was not merely some lucky break, but rather a natural outcome of the ascending ladder of complexity supported by our universe. Since our galaxy seems to harbor millions of planets with the same basic elements of habitability as Earth, the emergence of life is probably not a rare event. If life emerges deep inside planets and moons, as new research suggests happened on our planet, the number of viable habitats is truly enormous. Seven chronological chapters take the reader from the laws of physics and birth of the universe to the origins of life on Earth -- showing how energy flowed, exploded, and was repeatedly harnessed in replicating structures and organisms. In his groundbreaking first book, Fred Adams established the five eras of the universe with a focus on its long-term future. It is perhaps not surprising that he now turns his attention to the mystery of our astronomical origins. Here is a stunning new perspective, a book of genesis for our time, revealing how the laws of physics created galaxies, stars, planets, and even life in the universe.