Symphony in C: Carbon and the Evolution of (Almost) Everything

Symphony in C: Carbon and the Evolution of (Almost) Everything

by Robert M. Hazen

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Overview

A Science News Favorite Book of 2019


An earth scientist reveals the dynamic biography of the most resonant—and most necessary—chemical element on Earth.


Carbon. It’s in the fibers in your hair, the timbers in your walls, the food that you eat, and the air that you breathe. It’s worth billions of dollars as a luxury and half a trillion as a necessity, but there are still mysteries about the element that can be both diamond and coal. Where does it come from, what does it do, and why, above all, does life need it? With poetic storytelling, Robert M. Hazen leads us on a global journey through the origin and evolution of life’s most essential and ubiquitous element.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780393358629
Publisher: Norton, W. W. & Company, Inc.
Publication date: 10/13/2020
Pages: 320
Sales rank: 520,969
Product dimensions: 5.40(w) x 8.20(h) x 0.90(d)

About the Author

Robert M. Hazen is executive director of the Deep Carbon Observatory based at the Carnegie Institution’s Geophysical Laboratory and Clarence Robinson Professor of Earth Sciences at George Mason University. He lives in Bethesda, Maryland.

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