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The Evolution of Matter
From the Big Bang to the Present Day


  • Date Published: June 2008
  • availability: Available
  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9780521866477

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  • The Evolution of Matter explains how all matter in the Universe developed following the Big Bang and through subsequent stellar processes. It describes the evolution of interstellar matter and its differentiation during the accretion of the planets and the history of the Earth. Unlike many books on geochemistry, this volume follows the chemical history of matter from the very beginning to the present, demonstrating connections in space and time. It provides also solid links from cosmochemistry to the geochemistry of Earth. The book presents comprehensive descriptions of the various isotope systematics and fractionation processes occurring naturally in the Universe, using simple equations and helpful tables of data. With a glossary of terms and over 900 references, this volume is a valuable reference for researchers and advanced students studying the chemical evolution of the Earth, the Solar System and the wider Universe.

    • Presents the evolution of matter from a unifying, 'historical' perspective
    • Includes much quantitative information in the form of tables allowing easy reference and comparison
    • Includes over 900 references to guide readers to more advanced and detailed sources
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    Review of the hardback: '… the latest and most comprehensive contribution to this important and growing genre. … The Evolution of Matter will provide advanced undergraduates and Earth science professionals with an unusually broad and integrated view of isotope cosmo- and geo-chemistry, from the ancient origin of atoms to the modern living Earth. … an engaging historical narrative.' Elements

    'Overall, The Evolution of Matter is a good, deep and readable combination of the textbook and monograph, which brought under one cover a link between cosmo- and geochemistry; solar system formation and evolution; Earth's core, crust and mantle. It also combines a description of sophisticated geodynamic models with considerable cosmo-geochemical reference information.' Pure and Applied Geophysics

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    Product details

    • Date Published: June 2008
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9780521866477
    • length: 532 pages
    • dimensions: 253 x 180 x 29 mm
    • weight: 1.19kg
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Part I. The Elements:
    1. Isotopes – weights and abundances
    2. Introduction to the universe – the baryonic matter
    3. Element and isotope abundances – reference collection
    4. Cosmological nucleosynthesis – production of H and He
    5. Stellar nucleosynthesis – lower mass stars and s-process
    6. Stellar nucleosynthesis – r- and associated processes
    7. Timing of stellar nucleosynthesis
    8. Chemical evolution of the galaxy
    Part II. Early Solar System – Nebula Formation, Evolution and Lifetime:
    9. Introduction to the solar nebula
    10. The primary solar system objects and related processes
    11. Chondritic meteorites
    12. Highly processed meteorites
    13. A summary of early solar system chronology
    Part III. Accretion of the Earth:
    14. Introduction to the planetary system, earth and moon
    15. Introduction to planetary accretion
    16. Earth accretion – the giant impact(s)
    17. The post-accretion silicate earth – comparison with meteorites
    18. Core segregation
    19. Heavy 'crust' on the top of the core
    20. The early atmo-hydrophere
    21. Light from the moon…
    Part IV. Global Evolution of the Earth:
    22. First look on the Earth
    23. The plate tectonic concept – some phenomenology
    24. Oceanic ridge and island magmatism
    25. Subduction and island arc magmatism
    26. Composition of the continental crust – magmatic, metamorphic and sedimentary processes
    27. Isotopic records of the evolution of the earth's accessible reservoirs
    28. Geochemical earth model
    List of meteorites, rocks and minerals

  • Authors

    Igor Tolstikhin, Kola Scientific Centre, Russian Academy of Sciences

    Jan Kramers, Universität Bern, Switzerland

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