Reads and Zines with The Universe Within
In The Universe Within, Neil Shubin ambitiously traces the history of the universe and the story of evolution through the bodies and remains of all living things on Earth. Seeking to better understand how we have come to be, Shubin’s quest results in the discovery of connections between human and animal physiologies and the wider cosmos. While this may seem like a rather difficult and and confusing connection to make, the book reads so much like an adventure novel that you forget it is actually a work of scientific inquiry that ultimately shifts the way we see humanity.
Shubin, a prominent palaeontologist, provides fascinating facts and stimulating comparisons easily understood by anyone with even the slightest knowledge of science, astronomy, biology, and evolution. However, Shubin by no means “dumbs down” the science he writes about here. Instead, his enthusiasm for scientific discourse shines through in his highly entertaining and enthusiastic writing style.
Shubin’s enthusiasm is notedly demonstrated in his recounting of major historic anecdotes that pepper his research. One example is Shubin’s account of how geologists Marie Tharp and Bruce Heezen mapped the ocean floor and how their discovery of mid-ocean ridges ultimately led to our contemporary theories of continental drift and the Earth’s tectonic plates. Shubin’s focus on the stories of major discoveries, as well as the science behind them, reads like an account of how the undertakings of various scientific disciplines are all connected by a shared desire to unearth the secrets of life in the universe.
Overall, I found this book ambitious, quick paced, and highly enjoyable. A definite must-read for a slightly more basic understanding of how the universe was formed and how forces in the cosmos and on Earth have shaped our contemporary world.
For more information about Dr. Shubin and The Universe Within, visit his website here. The Universe Within is available on Amazon for $18.15 CAD.
- Victoria Nolte