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Core Readings

  • Huang Twins. (2012). "The Scale of the Universe." Link 5 mins
  • AAAS. (1990). "Chapter 4. The Physical Setting." Link 30 mins
  • AAAS. (1990). "Chapter 5. The Living Environment." Link 15 mins
  • Curtis, Helena. (1983). "The Flow of Energy." Biology. pp. 157-164. Link 10 mins

Interest Readings

  • Energy Flow Diagram Link 5 mins
  • USGS. (2014). "The Water Cycle." (review diagram). Link 5 mins
  • Windows to the Universe. (2010). "Carbon Cycle." (review diagram). Link 5 mins
  • "A Timeline of Life's Evolution." Exploring Life's Origins. Link <5 mins
  • Wikipedia. "Periodic Table." Read introduction. Link 2 mins
  • Wikipedia. "Geological History of Earth." Read Introduction. Link
  • Wikipedia. "Timeline of the Evolutionary History of Life." Read introduction. Link
  • Wikipedia. "Evolution." Read introduction. Link 5 mins
  • Wikipedia. "Second Law of Thermodynamics." Read introduction. Link 1 min
  • Wikipedia. "The Selfish Gene." (Read the highlights only, if you like). Link <5 mins
  • Wikipedia. "Carrying Capacity." (Read the highlighted text and whatever else you find of interest.) Link 5 mins
  • Wikipedia. "Outline of Knowledge." Link
  • Wikipedia. "Universe." Link
  • Wikipedia. "Laws of Science." Link
  • Wikipedia. "Earth." Link
  • Wikipedia. "Ecology." Link
  • Wikipedia. "Human." Link
  • Powers of Ten Video Link
  • AAAS. (1990). "Chapter 6. The Human Organism." Link
  • Wolchover, Natalie. (2014). "A New Physics Theory of Life." Scientific American, Quanta Magazine. Link 10pp., 15 mins

Wolchover presents MIT researcher Jeremy England's ideas about how matter-energy spontaneously generates complexity in certain circumstances, and how this proclivity can be used to shed light on life's origins, and upon aspects of biological evolution less than fully explained by Darwinian natural selection. Links in this article to related research.