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Preface 1: In the 'Beginning': The Origin of Space, Time and Energy 2: Breaking the Symmetry: The Origin of Mass 3: The Last Scattering Surface: The Origin of Light 4: Setting the Firmament Alight: The Origin of Stars and Galaxies 5: Synthesis: The Origin of Chemical Complexity 6: Sol: The Origin of the Sun and its Planets 7: Terra Firma: The Origin of a Habitable Earth 8: The Cosmic Imperative: The Origin of Life 9: Symbiosis 10: A Song of Ice and Fire: The Origin of Species 11: The Human Stain: The Origin of Humanity 12: Cogito Ergo Sum: The Origin of Human Consciousness Epilogue Appendix: Powers of Ten Bibliography Index

About the Author

Jim Baggott is a freelance science writer. He was a lecturer in chemistry at the University of Reading but left to work with Shell International Petroleum Company and then as an independent business consultant and trainer. His many books include Higgs: The Invention and Discovery of the 'God Particle' (OUP, 2012), A Quantum Story: A History in 40 Moments (OUP, 2011) and A Beginner's Guide to Reality (Penguin, 2005).


`Origins offers an eloquent, insightful, intellectually robust counter-narrative to both ID and theories Baggott describes as "fairy-tale physics" ... [He] aims to differentiate "unquestioned fact from majority explanation from debatable interpretation from pure speculation". His admirable success in treading this fine line is one of the book's great strengths.' Mark Greener, Fortean Times `I can't recommend it highly enough.' Mark Greener, Fortean Times

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