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The Copernicus Complex - Our Cosmic Significance in a Universe of Planets and Probabilities

Caleb Scharf

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The Sunday Times (UK) Best Science Book of 2014 A Publishers Weekly Top 10 Science Book of Fall 2014 An NBC News Top Science and Tech Book of 2014 A Politics & Prose 2014 Staff Pick In the sixteenth century, Nicolaus Copernicus dared to go against the establishment by proposing that Earth rotates around the Sun. Having demoted Earth from its unique position in the cosmos to one of mediocrity, Copernicus set in motion a revolution in scientific thought. This perspective has influenced our thinking for centuries. However, recent evidence challenges the Copernican Principle, hinting that we do in fact live in a special place, at a special time, as the product of a chain of unlikely events. But can we be significant if the Sun is still just one of a billion trillion stars in the observable universe? And what if our universe is just one of a multitude of others-a single slice of an infinity of parallel realities? In The Copernicus Complex, the renowned astrophysicist Caleb Scharf takes us on a scientific adventure, from tiny microbes within the Earth to distant exoplanets, probability theory, and beyond, arguing that there is a solution to this contradiction, a third way of viewing our place in the cosmos, if we weigh the evidence properly. As Scharf explains, we do occupy an unusual time in a 14-billion-year-old universe, in a somewhat unusual type of solar system surrounded by an ocean of unimaginable planetary diversity: hot Jupiters with orbits of less than a day, planet-size rocks spinning around dead stars, and a wealth of alien super-Earths. Yet life here is built from the most common chemistry in the universe, and we are a snapshot taken from billions of years of biological evolution. Bringing us to the cutting edge of scientific discovery, Scharf shows how the answers to fundamental questions of existence will come from embracing the peculiarity of our circumstance without denying the Copernican vision. With characteristic verve, Scharf uses the latest scientific findings to reconsider where we stand in

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English

Length:

9h 2m


Chapters

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Chapter 1
Chapter 1

17:30


Chapter 2
Chapter 2

18:28


Chapter 3
Chapter 3

29:05


Chapter 4
Chapter 4

19:51


Chapter 5
Chapter 5

20:53


Chapter 6
Chapter 6

23:51


Chapter 7
Chapter 7

18:42


Chapter 8
Chapter 8

26:36


Chapter 9
Chapter 9

24:56


Chapter 10
Chapter 10

15:08


Chapter 11
Chapter 11

23:50


Chapter 12
Chapter 12

20:31


Chapter 13
Chapter 13

18:41


Chapter 14
Chapter 14

14:43


Chapter 15
Chapter 15

28:02


Chapter 16
Chapter 16

29:57


Chapter 17
Chapter 17

23:51


Chapter 18
Chapter 18

21:49


Chapter 19
Chapter 19

29:18


Chapter 20
Chapter 20

19:24


Chapter 21
Chapter 21

19:21


Chapter 22
Chapter 22

23:16


Chapter 23
Chapter 23

14:54


Chapter 24
Chapter 24

23:08


Chapter 25
Chapter 25

16:54