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From Dust to Life: The Origin and Evolution of Our Solar System

John Chambers and Jacqueline Mitton


The birth and evolution of our solar system is a tantalizing mystery that may one day provide answers to the question of human origins. This book tells the remarkable story of how the celestial objects that make up the solar system arose from common beginnings billions of years ago, and how scientists and philosophers have sought to unravel this mystery down through the centuries, piecing together the clues that enabled them to deduce the solar system's layout, its age, and the most likely way it formed. Drawing on the history of astronomy and the latest findings in astrophysics and the planet ... More

Keywords: solar system, human origins, astronomy, astrophysics, planetary sciences, evolving universe, extrasolar planets, planetary systems

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2017 Print ISBN-13: 9780691175706
Published to Princeton Scholarship Online: May 2018 DOI:10.23943/princeton/9780691175706.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

John Chambers, author
Carnegie Institution for Science

Jacqueline Mitton, author