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Big Bang: The Origin of the Universe


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ISBN13: 9780007162208
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ox_hugsnkissez_xo, January 6, 2008 (view all comments by ox_hugsnkissez_xo)
The Big Bang by Simon Singh offers excellent insight into the world of science, even thought it tended to drag on with pointless facts about physicists and other scientists. It was adequately comprehensible and more or less an enjoyable read. For an average person such as myself, I gained further understanding of the theory of "The Big Bang" and expanded my horizons with this concept. For better convenience of the reader, it would've been in Singh's best interest to shorten the book by the first 100 pgs. On the other hand, he did an excellent job guiding the reader through the research involved and, through convenient diagrams, made his novel an enjoyable read. I would recommend it to anyone curious about our universe, and wanting to gather more insight.
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Samsara, July 21, 2007 (view all comments by Samsara)
The Big Bang is a primer on the history of astrophysics targeted to the armchair admirer of science rather than the professional. Singh manages to keep the narrative entertaining (who would imagine that this book would feature a drunken moose!?!) while blowing your mind with complex scientific theories. I would as often laugh out loud as I would run up to the nearest person to try to explain to them my newfound understanding of relativity.
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Singh, Simon
Fourth Estate (GB)
Ferreira, Pedro G.
Astrophysics & Space Science
Big bang theory
Expanding universe
General science
Astronomy - General
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Product details 544 pages Fourth Estate - English 9780007162208 Reviews:
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Simon Singh continues to demonstrate his mastery of bringing complex concepts to lay readers with this brilliant book on the origins of the universe. Singh clearly presents an overview of the history of science, filled with colorful characters, and how scientific minds arrived at our current understanding of cosmology.

"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "It was cosmologist Fred Hoyle who coined the term 'big bang' to describe the notion that the universe exploded out of nothing to kick-start space and time. Ironically, Hoyle himself espoused the steady state theory, positing that the universe is eternal and never really changes. Former BBC producer and science writer Singh (Fermat's Enigma) recounts in his inimitable down-to-earth style how the big bang theory triumphed. Readers will find here one of the best explanations available of how Cepheid stars are used to estimate the distance of other galaxies. Singh highlights some of the lesser-known figures in the development of the big bang theory, like Henrietta Leavitt, a volunteer 'computer' at the Harvard College Observatory who in 1912 discovered how Cepheid stars can be used to measure galactic distances. Singh shows how the creation of the heavier elements was a major stumbling block to widespread adoption of the big bang until Hoyle (once again boosting the theory that he so fervently opposed) proved that they were created in stars' nuclear furnaces and strewn throughout the universe via supernova explosions. Readers who don't need a review of the early development of cosmology may wish that Singh had adopted a somewhat less leisurely pace. But his introductory chapters hold a lot of worthwhile material, clearly presented for the science buff and lay reader. There's no better account of the big bang theory than this. B&w photos and illus. Agent, Patrick Walsh at Carville and Walsh, London. (Jan. 7)" Publishers Weekly (Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information, Inc.)
"Review" by , "This book is a blast...who knew that the Big Bang could be so much fun?"
"Review" by , "An expert but friendly guide to help you decode the mysteries [of the universe] with crisp, clear running commentary."
"Review" by , "As in his previous books, Mr Singh explains even the most complicated ideas with subtlety, grace and wit...Exemplary."
"Review" by , "Singh's unerring eye for picturesque anecdotes and his capacity for simplifying complex scientific ideas is a winning formula."
"Synopsis" by , On the eve of the theory's 100th birthday, here is the first complete biography of Einsteins theory of general relativity, revealing the personal feuds and ideological battles, the decades of neglect, the resurgence, and now, the deep questioning of a theory that has given us black holes, dark energy, and modern cosmology.
"Synopsis" by , How did one elegant theory incite a scientific revolution? Physicists have been exploring, debating, and questioning the general theory of relativity ever since Albert Einstein first presented it in 1915. Their work has uncovered a number of the universes more surprising secrets, and many believe further wonders remain hidden within the theorys tangle of equations, waiting to be exposed. In this sweeping narrative of science and culture, astrophysicist Pedro Ferreira brings general relativity to life through the story of the brilliant physicists, mathematicians, and astronomers who have taken up its challenge. For these scientists, the theory has been both a treasure trove and an enigma, fueling a century of intellectual struggle and triumph.. Einsteins theory, which explains the relationships among gravity, space, and time, is possibly the most perfect intellectual achievement of modern physics, yet studying it has always been a controversial endeavor. Relativists were the target of persecution in Hitlers Germany, hounded in Stalins Russia, and disdained in 1950s America. Even today, PhD students are warned that specializing in general relativity will make them unemployable. Despite these pitfalls, general relativity has flourished, delivering key insights into our understanding of the origin of time and the evolution of all the stars and galaxies in the cosmos. Its adherents have revealed what lies at the farthest reaches of the universe, shed light on the smallest scales of existence, and explained how the fabric of reality emerges. Dark matter, dark energy, black holes, and string theory are all progeny of Einsteins theory. We are in the midst of a momentous transformation in modern physics. As scientists look farther and more clearly into space than ever before, The Perfect Theory reveals the greater relevance of general relativity, showing us where it started, where it has led, and where it can still take us.
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