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Genesis : the story of how everything began / Guido Tonelli ; translated from the Italian by Erica Segre and Simon Carnell.

Tonelli, Guido, 1950- (author.). Segre, Erica, (translator.). Carnell, Simon, 1962- (translator.).

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Crookston Public Library 523.1 TON (Text) 33500013386768 New On holds shelf -

Record details

  • ISBN: 9780374600488
  • ISBN: 0374600481
  • Physical Description: 223 pages ; 22 cm
  • Edition: First American edition.
  • Publisher: New York : Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2021.

Content descriptions

General Note:
"Originally published in Italian in 2019 by Giangiacomo Feltrinelli Editore, Milano, Italy, as Gesesi"--Title page verso.
"English translation originally published in 2021 by Profile Books Ltd, Great Britain"--Title page verso.
Formatted Contents Note:
Introduction: The grand narrative of origins -- In the beginning was the void -- Day one: an irresistible breath produces the first wonder -- Day two: the delicate touch of a boson changes everything, forever -- Day three: the birth of the immortals -- Day four: and then, at last, there was light -- Day five: the first star lights up -- Day six: and chaos disguised itself as order -- Day seven: a swarming of complex forms -- The human factor -- Epilogue: The massacre of the assumption.
Summary, etc.:
"A breakout bestseller in Italy, now available for American readers for the first time, Genesis: The Story of How Everything Began is a short, humanistic tour of the origins of the universe, earth, and life-drawing on the latest discoveries in physics to explain the seven most significant moments in the creation of the cosmos"-- Provided by publisher.
Tonelli reveals the extraordinary story of our genesis: from the origins of the universe, to the emergence of life on Earth, to the birth of human language with its power to describe the world. Evoking the seven days of biblical creation, he takes us on a brisk, lively tour through the evolution of our cosmos and considers the incredible challenges scientists face in exploring its mysteries. -- adapted from jacket
Language Note:
In English. Translated from the Italian.

  • Booklist Reviews : Booklist Reviews 2021 February #1
    *Starred Review* Einstein meets Ovid in Tonelli's compelling account of how the universe was born and how it has since evolved. Grounded in theoretical science but sustained by artistic fervor, this account not only illuminates the precepts of modern cosmology for nonspecialists, but also endows those precepts with rare imaginative power. Though Tonelli incorporates technical terms (leptons, neutrinos, muons) in his narrative, interested nonspecialists will understand—even delight in—a story that begins in the mysterious triggering of the big bang and culminates in the emergence of a universe filled with galaxies where stellar fire warms planets (like ours) capable of sustaining intelligent life. Readers will thrill at the opportunity to accompany a world-class physicist to the frontiers of cosmological science, there to contemplate the unfolding of the universe and to gauge the dazzling new technologies enabling scientists to scrutinize that unfolding. Others have told this story, of course, but no one has so enriched the science of this cosmic drama with such meaningful forays into mythology, scripture, music, and history. Thus, while teaching readers about the scientific discoveries of modern cosmology, Tonelli also compellingly explores the primal, prescientific human emotions—wonder, anxiety, hope—that have animated the researchers who have made those discoveries. A science book that will matter deeply to nonscientists. Copyright 2021 Booklist Reviews.

Author Notes

Guido Tonelli is an Italian particle physicist who played a key role in the discovery of the Higgs boson, the so-called God particle, which earned François Englert and Peter Higgs the 2013 Nobel Prize in Physics. For his contributions to the field, Tonelli was made a commendatore of the Order of Merit of the Italian Republic in 2012 and was awarded the Enrico Fermi Prize from the Italian Physical Society and the $3 million Special Breakthrough Prize in Fundamental Physics. He is a professor of general physics at the University of Pisa and a visiting scientist at the European Organization for Nuclear Research (CERN).

Subject: Cosmology.
Life > Origin.
Life > Origin.

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