Science laureate Robert Jastrow cannot say that at the root of evolution lies nothing but blind chance. So he is searching for other answers.

Many people would consider Robert Jastrow a modern Renaissance man. A physicist with a wide-ranging interest and expertise in astronomy, earth sciences, and paleontology, he has applied these disciplines to the study of what he calls the “cosmic mysteries”: the origin of the universe, the origin of life, and the origin of man.

He has written three books that are billed as the scientist’s version of biblical Genesis: Red Giants and White Dwarfs (New Amer. Lib., 1971), the story of the evolution of the universe from the moment of creation; Until the Sun Dies (Norton, 1977), the evolutionary story of life on the earth up to man; and most recently, The Enchanted Loom (Simon & Schuster, 1981), the scientific story of the emergence of intelligent life on earth.

Jastrow is one of the most successful popularizers of modern science today. In addition to his evolution trilogy, he teaches geology and astronomy at Columbia University and is professor of earth science at Dartmouth College. He has been host of numerous space science programs on CBS, and is a regular columnist for Science Digest magazine. He is also founder and former director of the National Aeronautical and Space Administration’s Goddard Institute of Space Studies in New York.

Above all, Robert Jastrow impresses one as a man on a search. It is a search for clues, not just in the material world, but clues, wherever they may be found, to the origins of life and its meaning. He freely admits, however, that so far he has conducted this search solely in the realm of science. But Jastrow, perhaps more so than any of his atheistic or agnostic ...

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