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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
Salesrank: 2532977
Weight:1.03 lbs
Published: 2002 Simon & Schuster International
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A brilliant physicist has discovered the true origins of existence and now presents his answer and full explanation - that life began inside our planet, not on its surface. In his groundbreaking first book, FIVE AGES OF THE UNIVERSE, Fred Adams established the five eras of the universe from birth to demise. Now, he gives us a stunning new perspective on how the laws of physics created our non-random universe and life itself. This handful of laws resulted in the big bang, which led to stars, galaxies and then to solar systems with planets such as Earth. That process was absolutely necessary for all the tiny chemical structures and vast landscapes required for life to emerge. One of Adams's amazing claims is that organisms did not evolve in a primodial soup in a pond on the Earth's surface, but rather one of many such structures in the vast cosmic landscape. In seven chronological chapters, Adams takes the reader from the general subjects of physics and the universe to the specific origins of life on earth - showing clearly how energy flowed, exploded and was harnessed in replicating organisms. He reveals how the evolution of the universe followed a clear path toward the emergence of life. His insight provides an answer to humankind's deepest anxiety - we are almost certainly not alone in the universe - and throws a whole new light on our identity and beliefs. Life wasn't a lucky break, but the result of physics.