206 pages, no illustrations
Account of how the Big Bang theory arose, how it evolved, and why it is the best theory so far to explain the current state of the universe.
...this is the first book in a proposed series that examines the big questions in science. If the other authors tackle their topics with such objectivity, clarity and verve, the series should be a resounding success... (Astronomy and Space, March 2005) "the layout of the book is first class... A first rate book , having a permanent place in my library and I look forward to reading future work by the author..." (BBC Three Counties Radio -- quote from transcript, 27 May 2002) "...This is a book very much intended for the non--specialist and it can be recommended as a lightweight and light--hearted introduction to the field..." (The Observatory Magazine, December 2002) "...An insight into the best theory so far to explain the universe we see today..." (Astronomy Now, January 2003)
Acknowledgments. Introduction. PART I: HOW WE CAME TO BELIEVE THE BIG BANG THEORY. 1. The First Cosmologies. 2. The Birth of the Big Bang. 3. The Search for Proof. Interlude: Popular Reactions. PART II: HOW GOOD A THEORY IS IT? 4. Scientific Reactions. 5. Glitches. 6. Current and Future Research. 7. The Edge of the Unknown. A Big Bang Timeline. Notes. Glossary. Bibliography. Index.
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KAREN C. FOX is the author of Chain Reaction and a regular contributor to Discovery Channel Online, ABCNews.com, and Science and Hope magazines.