With one big bang, the universe exploded into being 13.7 million years ago. This is the story of how everything came about, from the moment when time and space came into existence, to the formation of the first stars, galaxies, and planets, to the evolution of human beings able to contemplate our own origins and ultimate destiny—and on to the infinite future, after the Red Giant Sun consumes Earth. This updated edition of Bang! explains it all in clear, straightforward terms, chronologically, without any mathematics, and including the most up-to-date discoveries.
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Although best known to the world as the lead guitarist of supergroup Queen, Brian May has a PhD in astrophysics. Here, for the first time, he uses his remarkable communication skills to share his enthusiasm for astronomy with the world. The late Sir Patrick Moore was the world's best-loved astronomer, author of more than 100 books, and presenter of the world's longest-running TV program, BBC's The Sky at Night. He was also a renowned musician, with a multitude of compositions to his name, including a march especially commissioned from him by the Royal Marines. Sir Patrick died on December 9, 2012. Chris Lintott is best known as the co-presenter, with Patrick, of The Sky at Night. He received a degree in Physics from Cambridge, then earned his PhD in Astrophysics at University College London. He is now doing further research at Oxford.Review:
"Highly recommended for community library astrology collections and for anyone who wants a unbiased look at the universe itself."(Midwest Book Review)
"The story is told in clear, straightforward terms, in the strict order in which the events happened, and uses no mathematics."(Steve Goddard History Wire - Where the Past Comes Alive)
"There's at least one rock star who knows a thing or two about real stars."(Jeff Foust Space Review)
"The scope of the book is ambitious; its hard to cram in antimatter and inflation in one chapter and then skip to planetary science and biology in the next. Still, the authors do a wonderful job tackling a broad array of cosmic subjects. This is just the kind of book that would have fired up my imagination as a kid!... In the end, Bang! is an excellent illustrated compendium for what are perhaps weightier and less accessible tomes."(AstroGuyz.com)
"Stunningly illustrated... breathtaking views of galaxies."(Journal for the History of Astronomy)
"It basically takes the reader on a tour of the entire universe, and tells you everything you wants to know... It's beautifully described, accurate and they feature fantastic photography. If you like astronomy and those Hubble pictures on the Internet, don't know much but would love to learn more, this would be a great book for you."(Philip Plait FiveBooks)
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