Star Wars Sale
 
 

Special Offers see all

Enter to WIN!

Weekly drawing for $100 credit. Subscribe to PowellsBooks.news for a chance to win.
Privacy Policy

More at Powell's


Recently Viewed clear list


The Powell's Playlist | June 18, 2014

Daniel H. Wilson: IMG The Powell’s Playlist: Daniel H. Wilson



Like many writers, I'm constantly haunting coffee shops with a laptop out and my headphones on. I listen to a lot of music while I write, and songs... Continue »
  1. $18.87 Sale Hardcover add to wish list

    Robogenesis

    Daniel H. Wilson 9780385537094

spacer
Qualifying orders ship free.
$16.95
New Trade Paper
Ships in 1 to 3 days
Add to Wishlist
Qty Store Section
1 Burnside - Bldg. 2 Astronomy- Cosmology
3 Local Warehouse Astronomy- General
9 Remote Warehouse Astronomy- General

More copies of this ISBN

How It Began: A Time-Traveler's Guide to the Universe

by

How It Began: A Time-Traveler's Guide to the Universe Cover

 

Synopses & Reviews

Publisher Comments:

In this vibrant, eye-opening tour of milestones in the history of our universe, Chris Impey guides us through space and time, leading us from the familiar sights of the night sky to the dazzlingly strange aftermath of the Big Bang.

What if we could look into space and see not only our place in the universe but also how we came to be here? As it happens, we can. Because it takes time for light to travel, we see more and more distant regions of the universe as they were in the successively greater past. Impey uses this concept--"look-back time"--to take us on an intergalactic tour that is simultaneously out in space and back in time. Performing a type of cosmic archaeology, Impey brilliantly describes the astronomical clues that scientists have used to solve fascinating mysteries about the origins and development of our universe.

The milestones on this journey range from the nearby to the remote: we travel from the Moon, Jupiter, and the black hole at the heart of our galaxy all the way to the first star, the first ray of light, and even the strange, roiling conditions of the infant universe, an intense and volatile environment in which matter was created from pure energy. Impey gives us breathtaking visual descriptions and also explains what each landmark can reveal about the universe and its history. His lucid, wonderfully engaging scientific discussions bring us to the brink of modern cosmology and physics, illuminating such mind-bending concepts as invisible dimensions, timelessness, and multiple universes.

A dynamic and unforgettable portrait of the cosmos, How It Began will reward its readers with a deeper understanding of the universe we inhabit as well as a renewed sense of wonder at its beauty and mystery.

Synopsis:

"Impey combines the vision of a practicing scientist with the voice of a gifted storyteller."--Dava Sobel

About the Author

Chris Impey is a University Distinguished Professor in the Astronomy Department at the University of Arizona in Tucson. He has written popular pieces on astronomy and is the author of The Living Cosmos, How It Ends, and How It Began. He lives in Tucson, Arizona.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780393343861
Author:
Impey, Chris
Publisher:
W. W. Norton & Company
Subject:
Astronomy
Subject:
Astronomy - General
Publication Date:
20130131
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Illustrations:
75 illustrations
Pages:
448
Dimensions:
8.25 x 5.5 in

Other books you might like

  1. The Signal and the Noise: Why So...
    Used Hardcover $19.50

Related Subjects

Children's » Action and Adventure » Adventure Stories
Children's » General
Computers and Internet » Nutshell » General
Reference » Science Reference » General
Science and Mathematics » Astronomy » Cosmology
Science and Mathematics » Astronomy » General
Science and Mathematics » Nature Studies » General
Science and Mathematics » Physics » Cosmology

How It Began: A Time-Traveler's Guide to the Universe New Trade Paper
0 stars - 0 reviews
$16.95 In Stock
Product details 448 pages W. W. Norton & Company - English 9780393343861 Reviews:
"Synopsis" by , "Impey combines the vision of a practicing scientist with the voice of a gifted storyteller."--Dava Sobel
spacer
spacer
  • back to top
Follow us on...




Powell's City of Books is an independent bookstore in Portland, Oregon, that fills a whole city block with more than a million new, used, and out of print books. Shop those shelves — plus literally millions more books, DVDs, and gifts — here at Powells.com.