How It Began

How It Began

A Time-traveler's Guide to the Universe

Book - 2012
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Baker & Taylor
An astronomer discusses the latest theories of the origin of matter and the possibility of parallel universes as he takes readers on an intergalactic tour through a telescope that serves as a time machine. 17,000 first printing.

Norton Pub
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.
A majestic account of the most fascinating phenomena in our universe—and the science behind them.

Book News
For general readers, Impey (astronomy, U. or Arizona) describes how the universe began, beginning with the Moon, then Jupiter and its moons, the outer solar system, the star system Proxima Centauri, the Orion nebula, and the Milky Way. Then, he explores the remote universe from the nearest galaxy out to the first star, including Andromeda, the Coma Cluster, black holes, galaxies, and the big bang, as well as limitations of the big bang theory and discussion of matter and antimatter, quantum theory, string theory, and M-theory. Annotation ©2012 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Baker
& Taylor

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.
An astronomer discusses the latest theories of the origin of matter and the possibility of parallel universes as he provides an intergalactic tour through a telescope that serves as a time machine.

Publisher: New York : W.W. Norton, c2012
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780393080025
Branch Call Number: 523.1 IMP
Characteristics: xiii, 434 p. :,ill. ;,24 cm.

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JCLBethanyT May 06, 2013

Colloquial and creative, this may appeal to fans of other popular scientists like Michio Kaku and Brian Cox.

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