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A Series of Fortunate Events - Chance and the Making of the Planet, Life, and You (Hardcover) Loot Price: R372
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A Series of Fortunate Events - Chance and the Making of the Planet, Life, and You (Hardcover): Sean B. Carroll

A Series of Fortunate Events - Chance and the Making of the Planet, Life, and You (Hardcover)

Sean B. Carroll

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"Fascinating and exhilarating-Sean B. Carroll at his very best."-Bill Bryson, author of The Body: A Guide for Occupants From acclaimed writer and biologist Sean B. Carroll, a rollicking, awe-inspiring story of the surprising power of chance in our lives and the world Why is the world the way it is? How did we get here? Does everything happen for a reason or are some things left to chance? Philosophers and theologians have pondered these questions for millennia, but startling scientific discoveries over the past half century are revealing that we live in a world driven by chance. A Series of Fortunate Events tells the story of the awesome power of chance and how it is the surprising source of all the beauty and diversity in the living world. Like every other species, we humans are here by accident. But it is shocking just how many things-any of which might never have occurred-had to happen in certain ways for any of us to exist. From an extremely improbable asteroid impact, to the wild gyrations of the Ice Age, to invisible accidents in our parents' gonads, we are all here through an astonishing series of fortunate events. And chance continues to reign every day over the razor-thin line between our life and death. This is a relatively small book about a really big idea. It is also a spirited tale. Drawing inspiration from Monty Python, Kurt Vonnegut, and other great thinkers, and crafted by one of today's most accomplished science storytellers, A Series of Fortunate Events is an irresistibly entertaining and thought-provoking account of one of the most important but least appreciated facts of life.

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Imprint: Princeton University Press
Country of origin: United States
Release date: September 2020
First published: 2020
Authors: Sean B. Carroll
Dimensions: 203 x 133 x 20mm (L x W x T)
Format: Hardcover - Trade binding
Pages: 224
ISBN-13: 978-0-691-20175-7
Categories: Books > Science & Mathematics > Science: general issues > Philosophy of science
Books > Science & Mathematics > Science: general issues > Popular science
Books > Science & Mathematics > Biology, life sciences > Life sciences: general issues > Evolution
Books > Science & Mathematics > Biology, life sciences > Human biology & related topics > General
LSN: 0-691-20175-7
Barcode: 9780691201757

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