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A Tear at the Edge of Creation
A Radical New Vision for Life in an Imperfect Universe
Marcelo Gleiser

Dartmouth College Press



Contents

• PART I ONENESS
• Burst!
• Fear of Darkness
• Transition
• Belief
• Oneness: Beginnings •The Pythagorean Myth
• Living the Platonic Dream
• God, the Sun
• To Hold the Key to the Cosmos in Your Mind . . .
• Kepler’s Mistake
• PART II THE ASYMMETRY OF TIME
• The Big Bang Confirmed
• The World in a Grain of Sand
• Light Acts in Mysterious Ways
• The Imperfection of Electromagnetism
• The Birth of Atoms
• From Creation Myths to the Quantum: A Brief History Leap of Faith •The Jitterbug Cosmos •The Universe That We See
• The Faltering Big Bang Model
• Back to the Beginning
• Exotic Primordial Matter
• A Small Patch of Weirdness
• Darkness Falls
• Darkness Rules
• PART III THE ASYMMETRY OF MATTER
• Symmetry and Beauty
• A More Intimate Look at Symmetry
• Energy Flows, Matter Dances
• Violation of a Beautiful Symmetry
• The Material World
• Science of the Gaps
• Symmetries and Asymmetries of Matter
• The Origin of Matter in the Universe
• A Universe in Transition
• Unification: A Critique
• PART IV THE ASYMMETRY OF LIFE
• Life!
• The Spark of Life
• Life from No Life: First Steps
• First Life: The “When” Question
• First Life: The “Where” Question
• First Life: The “How” Question
• First Life: The Building Blocks
• The Man Who Killed the Life Force
L’Universe Est Dissymétrique!
The Chirality of Life
• From So Asymmetric a Beginning . . .
• We Are All Mutants•PART V THE ASYMMETRY OF EXISTENCE
• Fear of Darkness II
• Is the Universe Conscious?
• Meaning and Awe
• Beyond Symmetry and Unification
• Marilyn Monroe’s Mole and the Fallacy of a Cosmos “Just Right” for Life
• Rare Earth, Rare Life?
• Us and Them
• Cosmic Loneliness
• A New Directive for Humanity
• Epilogue: Garden of Delights
• Afterword to the New Edition
• Notes
• Bibliography •Acknowledgments
• Index

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