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Symphony in C

Symphony in C: Carbon & the Evolution of (Almost) Everything

Principal Investigator and Executive Director of the Deep Carbon Observatory, Robert M. Hazen, is crafting Symphony in C: Carbon & the Evolution of (Almost) Everything. Hazen, both a scientist and musician, has authored more than 400 articles and 20 books on science, history, and music and has performed as a professional trumpeter for more than 40 years.  In this new work, he uses his knowledge of musical compositions as a muse to explain the complexities of carbon and why it is so important to life on Earth.

Hazen is composing Symphony in C in four movements, each of which explore carbon’s multi-faceted characteristics, as epitomized by the classical elements of the ancients—Earth, Air, Fire, and Water. The book will take readers on a fascinating journey about origins and evolution, stasis and change, science and technology, spanning almost 14 billion years of cosmic history, but utterly immediate and relevant today.

Hazen's work has been recognized by Fellowship in the American Association for the Advancement of Science, the Geological Society of America, the Geochemical Society, and the Mineralogical Society of America.  Hazen was the 2016 recipient of the Roebling Medal -- the highest award in mineralogy -- and has received many other science research awards. 

The open access volume, Carbon in Earth, edited by Hazen, Adrian P. Jones, and John A. Baross, may be of particular interest to those awaiting Hazen’s latest manuscript. This volume serves as a benchmark for our present understanding of Earth’s carbon—both what we know and what we have yet to learn.

About the Author

  • Robert Hazen
    Robert Hazen Geophysical Laboratory, Carnegie Institution for Science, USA
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    Robert Hazen
    Robert Hazen
    Geophysical Laboratory, Carnegie Institution for Science, USA

    DCO’s Executive Director Robert Hazen is a mineralogist and astrobiologist. He is a research scientist at the Carnegie Institution for Science in Washington, DC, and professor of Earth Science at George Mason University. Hazen is author of more than 400 articles and 20 books on science, history, and music. His recent research focuses on the role of minerals in the origin of life, including such processes as mineral-catalyzed organic synthesis and the selective adsorption of organic molecules on mineral surfaces. He has also developed a new approach to mineralogy, called "mineral evolution," which explores the co-evolution of the geo- and biospheres. His work has been recognized by Fellowship in the American Association for the Advancement of Science, the Geological Society of America, the Geochemical Society, and the Mineralogical Society of America. He was the 2016 recipient of the Roebling Medal—the highest award in mineralogy, and has received many other science research awards. The mineral hazenite was named in his honor.

Updates

First Draft Completed

Here's the latest: Robert M. Hazen has completed his first draft, which is currently under review. 

Norton Awards Contract

Robert M. Hazen is actively working on Symphony in C: Carbon & the Evolution of (Almost) Everything. W. W. Norton & Company is publishing the book with a planned release in fall 2019.

UK Publisher

Harper Collins Publishers will publish Symphony in C in the UK market.

Further Reading

Hazen, R.M, 2012. The Story of Earth: The First 4.5 Billion Years, from Stardust to Living Planet. Viking Penguin.

Trefil, J, and Hazen, R.M.  2012. The Sciences: An Integrated Approach. Wiley Plus.

Hazen, R.M, and Trefil, J. 2009. Science Matters: Achieving Scientific Literacy. Anchor Books / Random House.

Hazen, R.M. 2005. Genesis: The Scientific Quest for Life's Origin. John Henry Press.

Trefil, J. and Hazen, R.M. 2004. Physics Matters: An Introduction to Conceptual Physics. John Wiley and Sons, Inc.

Hazen, R.M. 1999. The Diamond Makers.  Cambridge University Press.

Hazen, R.M. 1993. The New Alchemists: Breaking Through the Barriers of High Pressure. Times Books / Random House.

Hazen, R.M. 1988. The Breakthrough: The Race for the Superconductor. Summit Books / Simon & Schuster.

Hazen, R.M. and Singer, M. 1997. Why Aren't Black Holes Black? Anchor Books.

Hazen, R.M, and Trefil, J. 1991. Science Matters: The Principles of Science Simply Explained. Cassell.

Hazen, R.M. 1982. The Poetry of Geology. Unwin Hyman. 

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