Friday, February 22, 2013

Neil Shubin - The World Within at the RSA

Pioneering paleontologist Neil Shubin - author of The Universe Within: Discovering the Common History of Rocks, Planets, and People - reveals the deep connections between the cosmos and the human body – from today right back to the Big Bang.

Here is the ad copy from Amazon:
From one of our finest and most popular science writers, and the best-selling author of Your Inner Fish, comes the answer to a scientific mystery as big as the world itself: How are the events that formed our solar system billions of years ago embedded inside each of us? 
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, with his trademark clarity and exuberance, 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.
Hmmm . . . interesting.

Listen to the podcast of the full event including audience Q&A
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