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Evolving Cosmos

By: Govert Schilling

145 pages, 122 col plates

Cambridge University Press

Hardback | Nov 2004 | #146116 | ISBN: 0521833256
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Schilling describes the evolution of the cosmos, from the beginning of space and time fourteen billion years ago, to the creation of the Earth and mankind. The book ends with a glance into the distant future of the universe, because the here and now are only fleeting moments in its biography.

'Evolving Cosmos contains all the arguments and amazing facts for an exciting discussion about life, the universe and everything.' Andre Kuipers, ESA Astronaut '! what a deliciously informative, beautiful new work ! on a never-ending subject!' Wim T. Schippers, artist and presenter of the Dutch National Science Quiz 'This is a book to read, to re-read, and to cherish.' Frank Deboosere, Dutch TV meteorologist '! a triumph. Schilling has a deep understanding of his subject and writes with verve and enthusiasm. Nobody has written a popular history of the universe as detailed as this before ! Every step of the story is illustrated with stunning colour images ! A beautiful, awe-inspiring book.' New Scientist 'Schilling has a knack for arranging and simplifying the ideas so they're easily digestible and not too challenging.' Focus 'It is written in a very accessible style and is lavishly illustrated with a good clear explanation of the pictures and how they fit into the developing theme written in the book. As someone who has limited knowledge of how our universe arrived at its current state I found the book informative and interesting to read.' Spaceflight '! Schilling uses this book to paint a far wider canvas than the universe as revealed by the telescope. ! If you want a quick and beautiful look at human knowledge on the grandest scale, this book is the place to go.' Times Higher Education Supplement 'The many illustrations are useful but it is [the] words which paint pictures in your mind ! it's worth getting the book for the chapters on the formation of the planets and emergence of life on Earth alone ! a wonderful account of how we and our world came into existence and the time-scales involved ! ' Popular Astronomy


Foreword; 1. Creation; 2. Contraction; 3. Order; 4. Birth; 5. Recycling; 6. Growth; 7. Modelling; 8. Evolution; 9. Development; 10. Completion.

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Govert Schilling is the Netherlands' best known astronomy journalist. He writes for many publications including New Scientist, Science, and Sky and Telescope. In 2002 he was awarded the Dutch Eureka! prize for his work on popularising knowledge and science.

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