A Listmania! list by A. Panda(Guadalajara, Mexico)
The list author says: "Like most people, I am interested in understanding different types of origins. This interest mixes a bit of science, a bit of history and philosophy and why not, some fantasy and myths too."
"The origin of our material universe. The author explains how symmetry laws as well as the breaking of this same symmetry, permitted the formation of matter (otherwise matter and anti-matter would have probably annihilated themselves)."
"This book explains briefly the origin of homo sapiens, their journey out of Africa, the origin of the 7 main genetic European women groups, the origin of some Polinesian and a bit of American genetic groups."
"The author narrates a lot of origins related to the natural sciences: the big-bang, the origin of life on earth, the origin of the continents, a bit of genetics and evolution, etc. We would need a similar compendium on nearly everything related to the social sciences."
"This book narrates the search for the homeland and origin of the Indo-Europeans, which is the linguistic group from which almost all of the actual European languages derive. Their heirs are Latin and Greek, all germanic, celtic, slavic and baltic languages, as well as Iranian, Hindu and Tocharian."
"This book narrates the origins of Germanic languages (Gothic, Old Norse, Old English, Old Frisian, Old Saxon, Old High German and Old Low Franconian), with a brief history of the people speaking these languages and their main literature (religious texts, sagas or even law codex)."
"This book is an excellent historic account of the first Germans. The author takes information from very different sources and fields of study, from archeology, linguistics, historical texts, mainly the Germania by Tacitus, myths and songs. This book reads like a novel and keeps you interested from the beginning to the end"
"This book is an excellent anthropological account of the origin of supernatural all-knowing godlike entities, qualities which in early societies were attributed to the ancestors and which were later transferred to the Gods. It also explains the origin of some rituals and ceremonies."
"Excellent anthropological account of the origin of several cultural traits of different societies, as well as some rituals and beliefs, based on the resources available to the specific cultures. Get an insight of the origin of some food prohibitions, based on the "sacred" or the "evil" status of the animal or food."
"This book is an attempt to attribute the origin of the hero's mythological journey to internal psychological fenomena and to explain myths through psicoanalysis. It also makes an account of various myths regarding the origin of the universe, as well as of the good and evil having the same origin."
"This book narrates various types of origins, from the big bang to the origin of organic matter. It also explores the possibility of life elsewhere, meaning that life might have originated and developed independently in different places of our universe."
"This book explains that personality traits have its origins both in genetics (nature), as well as in environmental factors (nurture) and gives an account of this almost two century long debate starting from its origins in Darwin's theory of evolution to the ideas of his followers (like Galton) and their opponents."
"Brief explanation of genetics and the formation of neurons, the nervous system and the brain, including its "wiring" from a genetical point of view. It also briefly explains how the brain and the mind could have evolved. Personally I think everything was too briefly explained, but it's a good introduction to the topics."
"Excellent explanation of the forces behind the origin of languages as we know them today and how this forces may have driven their evolution from an original prehistoric and primitive language (a sort of "Me Tarzan, you Jane" form of communication). However, this book does not explain how this primitive language could have appeared in the first place."
"In this book you will find an excellent account of the origin of differentiation specially in animal species in their genetic modular design and in specialization of certain modules. It explains differentiation from an evolutionary and embryological point of view."
"This book gives a brief account of Traditional Economics and Complexity economics, explaining the evolution of this science field since Adam Smith. According to the author, the economy is not a closed system, but a complex adaptive system. Evolution and complexity theories applied to Economics in a truly novel and interesting way."
"The origin of animals moving out to the water to populate the land. Excellent account of the way our body and its parts are constructed, via paleonthology (the study of fossils), genetics and embryology or developmental biology. One of the best explanations of evolution you will find."
"Here you will find the origin of order or in better words of "negative entropy states". These states are so called "self-sustained criticalities" or order at the edge of chaos where life emerges. This book explains the origin of life and narrates the origin of the "Gaia hypothesis" from an astrophysicist's point of view."
"Take a glimpse into the origin of fairness, morality, empathy, political alliances, etc. Quoting the author, "the fundamental difference between our two closest relatives (chimps and bonobos) is that one resolves sexual issues with power, while the other resolves power issues with sex"."
"The origin of consciousness explained in a truly beautiful way. For me this is one of the greatest achievements of reductionist science in which after studying the nuts and bolts of our internal circuitry, something grand and beautiful emerges: "you are the music while the music lasts..." (you need to read the book to really comprehend this last sentence.)"
""This is one of the most astounding and groundbreaking books I have read. It tries to "investigate" into the origins of life and into its defining properties from different perspectives: biology, chemistry, physics, complexity and networks. Finally it tries to establish the laws of a general biology, which can explain life anywhere in the universe and in any form the ecosystems would adopt.""
"This book explains the origin of human cognitive abilities and social skills, by explaining how the modern mind evolved from primate brains giving way to four different modes of representation and therefore cultures: episodic (apes), mimetic (homo erectus), mythic and theoretic (homo sapiens sapiens before and after written language)."
"For each symmetry there is a conserved magnitude and the other way around (Emmy Noether's theorem). From this theorem we can infer that the fundamental laws of physics are the same today as in the instants after the Big-Bang, so we can explain events that happened in the course of time. Symmetries lie at the heart of each law of conservation and in fact give origin to them."
"Symbiosis between microorganisms lie probably at the heart of evolution. The invasion of one prochariotic cell by another and their later cooperation was the most probable origin of euchariotic cells (cells with nucleus, the origin of complex life). Microorganisms are everywhere, even inside our cells as mitochondrias... Excellent book!"
"Here you will find everything you would like to know about water: starting from its origin some time after the Big Bang and how it pervaded our planet to its chemical composition and its strange physical and chemical properties, which ultimately are responsible for the origin of life."
"This book has not been translated to English yet. Its title means "the sex of the lizards" and it is an excellent account of why and how sexual reproduction could have emerged as an alternative to "clonation". It also explains the origin of the two different sexes and the supposed war between them; all of this is supported with several examples from the animal world.""
"This book tries to explain the origin of the self, consciousness and mind in the life management systems of simple organisms. The homeostatic processes that help maintain life are at the core of the reward and punishment systems that guide our behaviour by way of nuerotransmitters that generate pain or pleasure. Exciting topics covered in a simple understandable way."