The Universe Within: Discovering the Common History of Rocks,
Planets, and People
In The Universe Within, with his trademark clarity and exuberance,
Neil Shubin takes an expansive approach to the question of why we
look the way we do. Starting with fossils, he shows us how the
entirety of the universe’s fourteen-billion-year history can be
seen in our bodies. As he moves from our very molecular composition
(a result of stellar events at the origin of our solar system)
through the workings of our eyes, Shubin makes clear how the
evolution of the cosmos has profoundly marked our own bodies.
Neil Shubin is the author of the best-selling Your Inner Fish,
which was chosen by the National Academy of Sciences as the best book
of the year in 2009. Trained at Columbia, Harvard, and the University
of California at Berkeley, Shubin is associate dean of biological
sciences at the University of Chicago. In 2011 he was elected to the
National Academy of Sciences.