From Chaos to Consciousness: A Brief History of the Universe
by Mike Corwin
Publisher: Bookboon 2015
Number of pages: 166
A textbook intended for a one-semester course in Astronomy. After a few introductory chapters on the history of astronomy and the present universe, it is narrowly focused on material directly and chronologically related to the eventual rise of conscious beings in the universe.
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