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A Human's Guide to the Cosmos


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Dr Jo Marchant is an award-winning science journalist. She has a PhD in genetics and medical microbiology from St Bartholomew's Hospital Medical College, London, and an MSc in Science Communication from Imperial College. She has worked as an editor at New Scientist and Nature, and her articles have appeared in the Guardian, Wired, Observer, New Scientist and Nature. She is the author of Decoding the Heavens, shortlisted for the Royal Society Prize for Science Books, and Cure, shortlisted for the Royal Society Prize for Science Books and longlisted for the Wellcome Book Prize. @JoMarchant |


A dazzling cultural account of our enduring and ever-changing relationship to the cosmos. Beginning with cave paintings and stone circles, Marchant traces humanity's epic journey from a sky filled with gods, spirits and celestial events that shaped people's lives and beliefs to the Big Bang and the search for alien life. This book will change the way you look at the night sky -- MANJIT KUMAR, author of QUANTUM
Vast in scope and meticulously researched this brilliant book traces humanity's enduring relationship with our physical and cultural ancestors: the stars. Full of fascinating stories, Jo Marchant weaves astronomy with astrology, mathematical physics with gods and spirits. It made me question my reality and left me starstruck -- GAIA VINCE * * author of Transcendence and Adventures in the Anthropocene * *
This thematic, engaging overview of our stars and skies has something for all readers of geography, exploration, religion, philosophy, and politics * * Library Journal * *
Praise for Cure: Should be compulsory reading for all young doctors * * New Scientist * *
[Marchant] surveys with grace what we think we know, and what we would like to know, about the mysterious and troubling relationship between our minds and our bodies * * Guardian * *
[Marchant has a] flair for finding inspirational figures . . . the studies are irresistible, and they come in an almost infinite variety * * New York Times * *
A revved-up, research-packed explication of the use of mind in medicine * * Nature * *
Turns the mind-body debate on its head * * Times Literary Supplement * *
A diligent and useful work that makes the case for 'holistic' medicine while warning against the snake-oil salesmen who have annexed that word for profit * * Sunday Times * *
Praise for Decoding the Heavens: A dizzyingly brilliant thing . . . Whatever else it might once have told its creators, the Antikythera mechanism bears a chilling message for our technological age * * Telegraph * *

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