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This stunning collection of images and essays surveys the key breakthroughs that have shaped our understanding of the universe around us--from the discovery of the solar system, to Supermassive black holes and the remote depths of the cosmos. Beginning with the theories put forward for the origin of our universe--the Big Bang and its rivals--and ending with what the eventual fate of our cosmos might be, this overview of 100 landmark discoveries tells the story of how we have endeavoured to understand the place of our own planet in the wider universe.
Giles Sparrow studied astronomy at University College, London, and science communication at Imperial College, before embarking on a career in publishing. He has written and co-written a number of bestselling books on popular science and astronomy, including "Cosmos" and "Hubble: Window on the Universe".