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The Universe Within: Discovering the Common History of Rocks, Planets, and People

Tuesday, Nov 12, 2013, 11:30 AM until 1:30 PM
Union League Club
65 West Jackson Blvd
Chicago, IL  

(312) 427-7800
Julie Voelker
Held at Union League Club
Registration is Required By Monday, November 11, 2013
Payment In Advance Only
Business or business casual attire required. Jeans are not allowed.
Registrants & Fees
Member$ 35.00
Non-Member$ 40.00

The Universe Within: Discovering the Common History of Rocks, Planets, and People


Reception, noon luncheon followed by author discussion, Q&A and book signing.



$35 Member
$40 Non-member
Book is not included but will be available for sale at the event.

From one of our finest and most popular science writers, and the best-selling author of Your Inner Fish, comes the answer to a scientific mystery as big as the world itself: How are the events that formed our solar system billions of years ago embedded inside each of us?

In Your Inner Fish, Neil Shubin delved into the amazing connections between human bodies--our hands, heads, and jaws--and the structures in fish and worms that lived hundreds of millions of years ago.  In The Universe Within, with his trademark clarity and exuberance, Shubin takes an even more expansive approach to the question of why we look the way we do.  Starting once again with fossils, he turns his gaze skyward, showing us how the entirety of the universe's fourteen-bilion-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. 

Author's Profile

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.


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