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.