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

In Your Inner Fish, Neil Shubin delved into the amazing connections between human bodies—our hands, heads, and jaws—and the structures in fish and worms that lived hundreds of millions of years ago. In The Universe Within, Shubin takes an even more expansive approach to the question of why we look the way we do. Starting once again with fossils, he turns his gaze skyward, showing us how the entirety of the universe’s fourteen-billion-year history can be seen in our bodies. As he moves from our very molecular composition (a result of stellar events at the origin of our solar system) through the workings of our eyes, Shubin makes clear how the evolution of the cosmos has profoundly marked our own bodies.

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.

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Thursday, January 10, 2013 - 6:00pm to 7:15pm
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The Universe Within: Discovering the Common History of Rocks, Planets, and People. Cover Image
ISBN: 9780307378439
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Published: Pantheon Books - January 8th, 2013

Your Inner Fish: A Journey Into the 3.5-Billion-Year History of the Human Body Cover Image
ISBN: 9780307277459
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Published: Vintage - January 6th, 2009

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