The Big Bang, Third Edition

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9780716738787: The Big Bang, Third Edition

Our universe was born billions of years ago in a hot, violent explosion of elementary particles and radiationæthe big bang. What do we know about this ultimate moment of creation, and how do we know it?

Drawing upon the latest theories and technology, the new edition of The Big Bang, is a sweeping, lucid account of the event that set the universe in motion. Award-winning astronomer and physicist Joseph Silk begins his story with the first microseconds of the big bang, on through the evolution of stars, galaxies, clusters of galaxies, quasars, and into the distant future of our universe. He also explores the fascinating evidence for the big bang model and recounts the history of cosmological speculation. Revised and updated, the new edition features all the most recent astronomical advances, including:

· Photos and measurements from the Hubble Space Telescope, Cosmic Background Explorer Satellite (COBE), and Infrared Space Observatory
· The latest estimates of the age of the universe
· New ideas in string and superstring theory
· Recent experiments on neutrino detection
· New theories about the presence of dark matter in galaxies
· New developments in the theory of the formation and evolution of galaxies
· The latest ideas about black holes, worm holes, quantum foam, and multiple universes

A marvelous introduction to scientific cosmology, The Big Bang takes readers on a spectacular journey spanning time and space.

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About the Author:

Joseph Silk is the Head of Astrophysics and Savilian Professor of Astronomy in the Department of Physics at the University of Oxford. Previously, he was a tenured professor at the University of California at Berkeley, where he researched theoretical astrophysics. He has received several awards for his contributions to astronomy, and is currently a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, the American Physical Society, and of the Royal Society, United Kingdom. He is the author of several books, including A Short History of the Universe, Cosmic Enigmas, and The Left Hand of Creation, written with John D. Barrow. He lives in Oxford, England.

Review:

"Joseph Silk, one of the most productive cosmologists of our era, has updated his well-regarded book [with] the latest news from the cosmological front."
—Donald Goldsmith, astronomer and author of The Runaway Universe

"Brings a classic right up to date . . . The clearest and most comprehensive of its kind"
—Andrew Liddle, Professor of Astrophysics, University of Sussex

"Silk writes with clarity and authority about a field of deep interest to us all and to which he has made major scientific contributions over the years"
—Bruce Partridge, Haverford College

"A grand, sweeping tour of the Universe. Modern cosmological theories are lucidly explained by an astronomer who was instrumental in constructing them."
—Emory Bunn, Physics Department, Bates College

"This wonderfully detailed book gives an excellent flavor of the complex and rapidly changing field of cosmology."
—Michael Rowan-Robinson, Imperial College of Science, Technology, and Medicine, Physics Department

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