Here is a wondrous excursion through 15 billion years of human and prehuman history by America's most popular and exciting science writer, Isaac Asimov.
From the flashing birth of the Universe to planetary systems, from algae to reptiles, Asimov covers the infinite and the microscopic in rich detail.
Even if you've never known the difference between a proton and a neutron or a nebulae and a dwarf star, Beginnings makes it all abundantly clear - and absolutely fascinating,
A remarkable accomplishment in true Asimovian style. With a detailed analysis of the question "what was the first human flight?", Beginnings wastes no time in challenging so-called 'fundamental' concepts. After Asimov thoroughly dismantles the readers conception of 'firsts', he moves backward through time explaining the firsts of everything from written language and human history to invertebrates and eukaryotic cells.
All through this adventure Asimov makes sure to insert highly relevant stories of scientific mishaps. At their heart, these tales represent universal human failings which the text tacitly believes should be understood and avoided.
A must read for anyone interested in a cogent outline of humanity's scientific understanding.