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Origins - Fourteen Billion Years of Cosmic Evolution
Origins is the companion volume to the two-part NOVA television special by the same name. Astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson and astronomy writer Donald Goldsmith attempt to cram 14 billion years of history into its 300 pages, creating a surprisingly engrossing book. It begins with the Big Bang and ends with the search for extraterrestrial life in an easily accessible form of writing that uses mild humor to keep readers going through the sections that may be difficult to understand.
Softcover, 352 pp.
Neil deGrasse Tyson Frederick P. Rose Director Hayden Planetarium Neil deGrasse Tyson's professional research interests are broad, but include star formation, exploding stars, dwarf galaxies, and the structure of our Milky Way. Tyson obtains his data from the Hubble Space Telescope, as well as from telescopes in California, New Mexico, Arizona, and in the Andes Mountains of Chile.