The Human Cosmos by Jo Marchant audiobook

The Human Cosmos: A Secret History of the Stars

By Jo Marchant
Read by Jo Marchant

Bolinda Audio 9780593183014

Unabridged

Format : Library CD (In Stock)
  • ISBN: 9780655697084

  • ISBN: 9780655697084

Runtime: 11.25 Hours
Category: Nonfiction/Science
Audience: Adult
Language: English

Summary

Summary

An historically unprecedented disconnect between humanity and the heavens has opened. Jo Marchant's book can begin to heal it.

For at least 20,000 years, we have led not just an earthly existence but a cosmic one. Celestial cycles drove every aspect of our daily lives. Our innate relationship with the stars shaped who we are--our art, religious beliefs, social status, scientific advances, and even our biology. But over the last few centuries we have separated ourselves from the universe that surrounds us. It's a disconnect with a dire cost.

Our relationship to the stars and planets has moved from one of awe, wonder and superstition to one where technology is king--the cosmos is now explored through data on our screens, not by the naked eye observing the natural world. Indeed, in most countries modern light pollution obscures much of the night sky from view. Jo Marchant's spellbinding parade of the ways different cultures celebrated the majesty and mysteries of the night sky is a journey to the most awe inspiring view you can ever see--looking up on a clear dark night. That experience and the thoughts it has engendered have radically shaped human civilization across millennia. The cosmos is the source of our greatest creativity in art, in science, in life.

To show us how, Jo Marchant takes us to the Hall of the Bulls in the caves at Lascaux in France, and to the summer solstice at a 5,000-year-old tomb at New Grange in Ireland. We discover Chumash cosmology and visit medieval monks grappling with the nature of time and Tahitian sailors navigating by the stars. We discover how light reveals the chemical composition of the sun, and we are with Einstein as he works out that space and time are one and the same. A four-billion-year-old meteor inspires a search for extraterrestrial life. The cosmically liberating, summary revelation is that star-gazing made us human.

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

“Journalist Marchant takes a thought-provoking look at how human fascination with the night sky has influenced beliefs throughout history…Integrating science, history, philosophy, and religion, Marchant’s epic account is one for readers to savor.” Publishers Weekly (starred review)

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Author Bio: Jo Marchant

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Available Formats : CD, Library CD
Category: Nonfiction/Science
Runtime: 11.25
Audience: Adult
Language: English