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Authoritative and engaging, this takes us on a roller coaster ride through billions of light years to tell the story of the Big Bang, from birth to death. 13.8 billion years ago, matter, energy, space, and time all suddenly burst into existence in a cataclysmic event that’s come to be known as the Big Bang. It was the birth of our universe. What started life smaller than the tiniest subatomic particle is now unimaginably vast and plays home to trillions of galaxies. The formulation of the Big Bang theory is a story that combines some of the most far-reaching concepts in fundamental physics with equally profound observations of the cosmos. From our realization that we are on a planet orbiting a star in one of many galaxies, to the discovery that our universe is expanding, to the groundbreaking theories of Einstein that laid the groundwork for the Big Bang cosmology of today—as each new discovery deepens our understanding of the origins of our universe, a clearer picture is forming of how it will all end. Will we ultimately burn out or fade away? Could the end simply signal a new beginning, as the universe rebounds into a fresh expanding phase? And was our Big Bang just one of many, making our cosmos only a small part of a sprawling multiverse of parallel universes?
About the Author
Paul Parsons is a former editor of the BBC science and technology magazine Focus and managing editor of BBC Sky At Night magazine. He has been a science writer and journalist for more than 20 years, contributing to New Scientist, the Guardian, Daily Telegraph, Men’s Health, and National Geographic, and is the author of several books including The Science of Doctor Who, Science 1001, and The Periodic Table. He is also a consultant to Guinness World Records.
"This one is a winner . . . delivers the oft-told tale with engaging lucidity." —Nature Magazine
"Paul Parsons is a steady and highly experienced hand, who is able to introduce some of the most esoteric aspects of modern science while still leaving the reader feeling that they have a grasp of what's going on. This is a wonderful introduction to one of the most exciting and engaging aspects of science." —Popular Science
"Prepare to have your mind blown! A brilliantly written overview of the past, present and future of modern cosmology." —Dallas Campbell, author, Ad Astra