The Complete History of the Universe
May, Brian, 1947- (Book - 2008)
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Baker & Taylor
Traces the history of the universe from the big bang that began it, through the emergence of life in it, to current exploration of it, and theorizes about future discoveries and its ultimate end.

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May, the guitarist for the rock group Queen, recently was awarded a doctorate degree from the U. of Hertfordshire, and he teams with noted astronomers Moore and Lintott to present this account of the Big Bang. The second edition of this book has been revised to include new findings since 2006 including further study of the surface of Mars, the re-classification of Pluto as a dwarf planet and new observations on dark matter in the Universe. Hundreds of stunning color photographs illustrate the latest thoughts on the theory, and the text is simple and clear so that general audiences can digest the relatively complex ideas that are presented. Oversize: 9.5x11.25". Annotation ©2009 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Johns Hopkins University Press

Who knows what Brian May was thinking when he wrote "We Will Rock You" for Queen? As a lifelong astrophysics aficionado, he may have been thinking about the origins of the universe. He's certainly been thinking about it lately. May, a freshly minted astrophysics Ph.D., joins forces with legendary astronomer Patrick Moore and astrophysicist Chris Lintott in Bang! to consider the history of the universe from the Big Bang to Heat Death.

Space, time, and matter were birthed 13.7 billion years ago and will continue on longer than we are able to comprehend. Infinitesimally small at first, the Universe is immense and ever expanding. Bang! explains how it all started, takes you on a tour of what is known about the evolution of the Universe, and posits how the end of time will come about.

This fascinating book includes photographs, short biographies of key figures, an at-a-glance timeline, a glossary of terms, and suggested resources for further exploration.

Based on the work of history’s most brilliant scientific minds, this amazing story features clear, straightforward discussions of the most perplexing and compelling aspects of existence—from the formation of stars, planets, and other galactic bodies to black holes, quasars, anti-matter, and dark matter to the emergence of life and the possibility that it could exist elsewhere.

Pick up a copy of Bang! It will, it will rock you.

Blackwell North Amer
Bang! Space, time, matter ... the Universe was born 13.7 billion years ago. Infinitely small at first, it expanded more rapidly than anyone can contemplate. Brian May, Patrick Moore, and Chris Lintott explain how all this came about, from that moment when time and space came into existence, to the formation of the first stars, galaxies and planets, and to the evolution of human beings being able to contemplate our own origins and ultimate destiny. Then on towards that destiny in the infinite future, long after the Earth has been consumed by the Red Giant Sun. The story is told in clear, straightforward terms, in the strict order in which the events happened, and uses no mathematics.

Authors: May, Brian, 1947-
Statement of Responsibility: Brian May, Patrick Moore, Chris Lintott
Title: Bang!
the complete history of the universe
Publisher: Baltimore, MD : Johns Hopkins University Press, 2008
Edition: 2nd ed
Characteristics: 199 p. : ill. (chiefly col.) ; 29 cm.
Notes: "This second edition [originally] published in 2007 by Carlton Books Limited"--T.p. verso
Bibliography: Includes bibliographical references (p. 199) and index
Subject Headings: Expanding universe Popular works Big bang theory Popular works Cosmology Popular works
Topical Term: Expanding universe
Big bang theory
Additional Contributors: Lintott, Chris
Moore, Patrick
LCCN: 2007942194
ISBN: 9780801889851
Branch Call Number: 523.1 M
Research Call Number: JSF 13-262
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Feb 01, 2010
  • zencow rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

Maybe it was a problem with only my copy, but I noticed that there's a some kind sickening smell emanating from this book. It must be the ink, but it's so overpowering that I wasn't able to read the entire book. Otherwise, it's a very nice introductory book about Cosmology with some terrific photographs.


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