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Symphony in C

Nonfiction: Science; History & Philosphy
Unabridged   10.5 hour(s)
Publication date: 06/11/2019

Symphony in C

Carbon and the Evolution of (Almost) Everything

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Audio CD ISBN:9781684570843
Digital Download ISBN:9781684570850


An enchanting biography of the most resonant—and most necessary—chemical element on Earth.

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An enchanting 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 as a luxury and half a trillion as a necessity, but there are still mysteries yet to be solved 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, earth scientist Robert Hazen leads us on a global journey through the origin and evolution of life's most ubiquitous element. The story unfolds in four movements—Earth, Air, Fire, and Water—and transports us through 14 billion years of cosmic history.

From the archives of Harvard to the cliffs of Scotland and into the precious metal mines of Namibia, Symphony in C is a sweeping chronicle of carbon: the most essential element on Earth.


“From the Big Bang to coal, carbohydrates, and ultra-strong high-tech nanofibers, Robert M. Hazen provides an illuminating and enjoyable guide to the remarkable odyssey of carbon, the element of life. Enjoy the trip!” —Andrew Knoll, Fisher Professor of Natural History, Harvard University

Author Bio

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.