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The Cosmos: A Beginner's Guide

Popular Science

By: Adam Hart-Davis and Paul Bader

192 pages, Illus

BBC Books

Paperback | Jun 2007 | #168714 | ISBN-13: 9781846072123
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About this book

Adam Hart-Davis brings us the latest news from the boundaries of the universe. By travelling the world to interview scientists at the sharp end of astronomical research - and visiting some of the largest scientific machines ever built - Adam reveals the current attempts to solve some of the most profound questions ever asked. How close are we to finding extraterrestrial life in our own solar system? Will we ever discover what happened in the very instant of creation itself - the Big Bang? What is the ultimate fate of the universe? Adam reports from the places where missions are launched, vast experiments are conducted, and new galaxies discovered. Using sketches and photos, he demonstrates in his own inimitable way what we could do to prevent an asteroid smashing into Earth, how we can detect exoplanets, and what aliens might see if they were watching our television signals. He shows us the workings of spacecraft and instruments, and explains how the latest findings have advanced our knowledge of how the universe ticks. Accompanying a six-part series on BBC2, "Adam's Guide to the Cosmos" takes us on a mind-bending journey to the edge of the Universe and the frontier of our understanding of our mysterious Cosmos.

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Adam Hart-Davis is a well-known BBC television presenter and popular science enthusiast. From 1995 to 2000 he presented Local Heroes, in which he cycled around the country telling the stories of the pioneers of science and recreating their experiments. He went on to present What the Romans Did For Us, followed by series on the Victorians, the Tudors and Stuarts, and the Ancients, all of which were accompanied by successful tie-in books. In April 2006 he presented Stardate: Mysteries of Venus to coincide with the Transit of Venus. Paul Bader is the Executive Producer of The Cosmos - A Beginner's Guide. Paul has worked with Adam for many years and the two have co-authored several books together.

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