Big Bang by Simon Singh
The Origin of the Universe

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We've all heard of the Big Bang, and yet few of us truly know what it is.

Renowned for making difficult ideas much less difficult than they might first appear, Simon Singh is our perfect guide to explaining why cosmologists believe that the Big Bang is an accurate description of the origin and evolution of the universe.

This highly readable and entertaining book tells the story of the many brilliant, often eccentric scientists who fought against the establishment idea of an eternal and unchanging cosmos. From such early Greek cosmologists as Anaximander to recent satellite measurements taken deep in space, Big Bang is a narrative full of anecdotes and personal histories. With characteristic clarity, Simon Singh tells the centuries-long story of mankind's attempt to understand how the universe came to be, a story which itself begins some 14 billion years ago (give or take a billion years). Simon Singh shows us that it is within the capability of all of us -- in his expert hands -- to understand the Big Bang: the fundamental theory in all of science, and a high point -- perhaps the high point -- of human achievement.

 

About Simon Singh

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Simon Singh received his Ph.D. in particle physics from the University of Cambridge. A former BBC producer, he directed the BAFTA Award-winning documentary film Fermat's Last Theorem and wrote Fermat's Enigma, the best-selling book on the same subject. His best seller The Code Book was the basis for the BBC series The Science of Secrecy.
 
Published January 1, 2004 by Fourth Estate. 544 pages
Genres: Science & Math. Non-fiction

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at the same time, the British astronomers Fred Hoyle and Thomas Gold entered the debate with the proposition that the universe had no distinct beginning, the Steady State theory.

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Simon Singh's fast-paced history of the Big Bang theory encompasses all of recorded human history, from Eratosthenes to Einstein.

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The New York Times

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Simon Singh tells the story of the universe and profiles the people who have explained that story.

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The Guardian

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He shows how the term "universe" expanded in its definition from the Milky Way (some 100,000 light years across), through the realisation that we live in merely one "island universe" among many, with truly vast distances separating these islands.

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In his new book Big Bang: The Origin of the Universe, author Simon Singh speculates on what came before the birth of the universe, and what may eventually happen at its end.

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Bookmarks Magazine

At heart, Big Bang illustrates how scientific theories are tested, rejected, and accepted—with the Big Bang theory "the archetypal example of the scientific method in action."

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