200 pages, Col photos, figs
In 2006, rock legend and experienced amateur astronomer Brian May joined the legendary expert Sir Patrick Moore and astrophysicist Chris Lintott to tell the story of the Universe from the moment time and space came into existence at the Big Bang, through to the infinite future and the ultimate fate that awaits us. Following the spectacular success of the first edition, they have got together again to extend and update the information in this accessible introduction to the history of the universe. Many of the pictures of the Universe obtained by instruments such as the Hubble Space Telescope or the Very Large Telescope in Chile are beautiful enough to be considered works of art in their own right. This book presents them in context, and uses extraordinary new artworks to explain the mind-blowing theories from the cutting edge of astronomy in a way that everyone can understand.
1. The Lure of the Skies; 2. Genesis: In the Beginning: 13.7 million years ago; 3. The Dark Ages: Zero to 300,000 years after the Big Bang; 4. The Evolving Universe: 300,000 years until 6000 million years; 5. The Emergence of Life: 6000 million years until the present day; 6. Into the Future: Present day to 6000 million years hence; 7. The Far Future: Infinity and beyond; Index.
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Though best known to the world as the lead guitarist for the supergroup Queen, Brian May also studied for a PhD in astrophysics before giving up the academic life for rock music. Patrick Moore is the world's best-loved astronomer, author of more than 100 books, and presenter of the world's longest running TV programme, BBC's "The Sky at Night". Chris Lintott is best-known as the co-presenter, with Patrick, of "The Sky at Night". He took his first degree in Physics at Cambridge, then his PhD in Astrophysics at University College London, and is now doing further research at Oxford.