Big Bang : The Most Important Scientific Discovery of All Time and Why You Need to Know About it, Paperback

Big Bang : The Most Important Scientific Discovery of All Time and Why You Need to Know About it Paperback

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The bestselling author of Fermat's Last Theorem and The Code Book tells the story of the brilliant minds that deciphered the mysteries of the Big Bang.

A fascinating exploration of the ultimate question: how was our universe created?

Albert Einstein once said: 'The most incomprehensible thing about the universe is that it is comprehensible.' Simon Singh believes geniuses like Einstein are not the only people able to grasp the physics that govern the universe.

We all can. As well as explaining what the Big Bang theory actually is and why cosmologists believe it is an accurate description of the origins of the universe, this book is also the fascinating story of the scientists who fought against the established idea of an eternal and unchanging universe.

Simon Singh, renowned for making difficult ideas much less daunting than they first seem, is the perfect guide for this journey.

Everybody has heard of the Big Bang Theory. But how many of us can actually claim to understand it?With characteristic clarity and a narrative peppered with anecdotes and personal histories of those who have struggled to understand creation, Simon Singh has written the story of the most important theory ever.


  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 544 pages
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
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  • Category: Evolution
  • ISBN: 9780007152520



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Another excellently accessible and readable science book from Simon Singh. This one covers the history of the science of how the uiniverse works and is very well written. Singh's books are aimed at the intelligent layman and as such he explains everything you need to know in easy to read languge without ever patronising and also deals very well with the personalities involved. There's much more to his books than just the science.

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Simon Singh has written the most readable account of the "story" of the Big Bang. He writes of the characters, some of them rogues, the arguments, the lows and the highs, just as if it were a story. He writes with such clarity that anyone who has even the vaguest interest in wanting to know about the Big Bang but little in the way of a science education, should read this book as they will be gripped. Thank you Simon

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A very readable and understandable history of the Big Bang theory. I would have preferred more detail of the actual theory itself as I still have one big question regarding what 'space expanding' actually means.

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Really clear and well-written, this book charts the course of astronomy from Greek philosophers through general relativity and onwards to the COBE satellite - showing how the Big Bang model of the universe was developed, refined and proved by successive generations of scientists. Good introductory read, sometimes mind-bending - left me wanting more.

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A good, non-mathematical summary of the history of the development of the Big Bang Theory and how it has become established as the pre-eminent theory in explaining the origins of the universe.Singh keep the tone light an simple. I found his style really engaging and illuminating. Science needs more writers like him to boost its popularity with the general public.The summary notes at the end of each chapter are a brilliant idea and give you a moment to reflect on the key milestone one final time.