The book contains general information about the structure and functioning of the Universe and the characteristics of terrestrial life. It also discusses whether Earth-like life exists in other places in the Cosmos. The authors of the publication (biologist, physicist, astronomer) attempt to answer the questions: where did the Universe come from? How does it evolve? How did life and conscious beings originate in it?
Włodzisław Duch is a physicist, computer scientist and cognitive scientist. In 1977 he graduated with honours in theoretical physics from the Faculty of Mathematics, Physics and Chemistry of the Nicolaus Copernicus University. He also defended his doctoral thesis in quantum chemistry with honours three years later. Then in 1987, he received his habilitation degree in theoretical physics/applied mathematics. He received the title of professor in 1997, and three years later, he was hired as a full professor. He is the head of the Department of Applied Computer Science at the Faculty of Physics, Astronomy and Informatics at Nicolaus Copernicus University and the Neurocognitive Laboratory at the Center For Modern Interdisciplinary Research at Nicolaus Copernicus University. From 2012 to 2014, he was the Vice-Rector for Research and Informatization at UMK. From 2014 to 2015, he was the Undersecretary of State (Deputy Minister) at the Ministry of Science and Higher Education. He is a scholarship holder and employee of many foreign scientific institutions and manager and contractor of national and international grants. He has published over 350 papers. He has won numerous national and international awards.
Link to the Nicolaus Copernicus University Press: Cosmos and Life - Nicolaus Copernicus University Press