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Life through Time and Space

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$40.00 • £32.95 • €36.00

ISBN 9780674975866

Publication Date: 08/07/2017


296 pages

5-1/2 x 8-1/4 inches

7 line illustrations


[Arthur] has a refreshingly jargon-free approach to science writing… The book tackles some immense scientific questions that are beyond our current capability to answer and, despite their complexity, gives the reader a framework to understand and contemplate their significance… Life through Time and Space takes the reader on a journey through the furthest regions of the universe, but ends with an introverted look at our own species.—Tiffany Taylor, Times Higher Education

For those of you curious about how a respected scientist whose specialty is in zoology (and evo-devo) might view life on our planet, Arthur’s perspective is an intriguing treat, giving us a new spin on an old cosmic tale, with novel details emphasized over what you might have heard before.—Ethan Siegel, Forbes

Arthur writes clearly about many complex and varied subjects, and his enthusiasm for the material shows.—Marcos Huerta, Science

Life through Time and Space is an interesting look at an overwhelming subject… [Arthur’s] treatment of the stages of formation and ultimately life as we know it is well done and intriguing. It would be difficult to find a more thorough, thought-provoking exercise… Arthur does a remarkable job of describing ‘evo-devo’ and eventually offers some predictions about the future of humans and species extinction.—F. W. Yow, Choice

In an imaginative and highly enjoyable journey from atoms to galaxies, Wallace Arthur explores commonalities in cosmology, embryology, and evolution.—Vivian Irish, Professor of Molecular, Cellular, and Developmental Biology, Yale University

Science, as Wallace Arthur shows us in this delightful and blessedly jargon-free book, reveals to us things as they are, for what they are. Offering astronomical and biological perspectives on origins, life cycles, structure and function, and endings, Arthur shows that human existence is only one tiny, temporary strand in the endless weave of reality.—Ronald Jenner, Natural History Museum, London

Arthur takes the reader on a breathtaking journey through time and space, astronomy and biology. What a delightfully written and intellectually stimulating book.—Alessandro Minelli, Professor Emeritus of Zoology in the Faculty of Mathematical, Physical, and Natural Sciences, University of Padua

A farsighted, original, and thought-provoking trip through the evolution of life and the universe.—Rudolf Raff, Distinguished Professor and James H. Rudy Professor of Biology, Indiana University

I can recommend this book without reservation. It contains an authoritative and fascinating account of evolution on Earth and, perhaps, further afield. Brilliant and thought-provoking in every way.—Sir Arnold Wolfendale, FRS, 14th Astronomer Royal

What a lovely book. Its scope is very ambitious—it brings together several different fields and perspectives that are all equally fascinating. And it deals with them in an intertwined way, moving from Earthly creatures to dying stars to alien life with a fluid curiosity that is infectious.—Julia Sigwart, Queen’s University, Belfast

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