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Preface Part I. Prolegomena: Science and Religion: 1. Monumental scientific discoveries, units of measurements, and a warning about this book Part II. Matter and Energy: 2. Atoms and photons 3. The atomic nucleus Part III. Cosmology 4. Birth of the universe 5. Measuring the universe 6. The objects in the sky 7. The solar system 8. Earth in space Part IV. Geology: 9. Minerals and gems 10. Igneous rocks and volcanism 11. The Earth's interior 12. Plate tectonics 13. The atmosphere 14. The hydrosphere 15. Sediments and sedimentary rocks 16. Sedimentary environments 17. Diagenesis, metamorphism, and rock deformation 18. Stratigraphy Part V. Evolution of Life and Environment: 19. Origin and early evolution of life 20. The cryptozoic: sections and taxa 21. Early phanerozoic phyla and related taxa 22. The paleozoic 23. The mesozoic 24. The cenozoic Part VI. The Historical Perspectives: Part VII. Appendices: Part VIII. References and subject index.