Bang!: The Complete History of the Universe

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Who knows what Brian May was thinking when he wrote "We Will Rock You" for Queen? As a lifelong astrophysics aficionado, he may have been thinking about the origins of the universe. He's certainly been thinking about it lately. May, a freshly minted astrophysics Ph.D., joins forces with legendary astronomer Patrick Moore and astrophysicist Chris Lintott in Bang! to consider the history of the universe from the Big Bang to Heat Death.

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Overview

Who knows what Brian May was thinking when he wrote "We Will Rock You" for Queen? As a lifelong astrophysics aficionado, he may have been thinking about the origins of the universe. He's certainly been thinking about it lately. May, a freshly minted astrophysics Ph.D., joins forces with legendary astronomer Patrick Moore and astrophysicist Chris Lintott in Bang! to consider the history of the universe from the Big Bang to Heat Death.

Space, time, and matter were birthed 13.7 billion years ago and will continue on longer than we are able to comprehend. Infinitesimally small at first, the Universe is immense and ever expanding. Bang! explains how it all started, takes you on a tour of what is known about the evolution of the Universe, and posits how the end of time will come about.

This fascinating book includes photographs, short biographies of key figures, an at-a-glance timeline, a glossary of terms, and suggested resources for further exploration.

Based on the work of history’s most brilliant scientific minds, this amazing story features clear, straightforward discussions of the most perplexing and compelling aspects of existence—from the formation of stars, planets, and other galactic bodies to black holes, quasars, anti-matter, and dark matter to the emergence of life and the possibility that it could exist elsewhere.

Pick up a copy of Bang! It will, it will rock you.

Johns Hopkins University Press

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Editorial Reviews

Midwest Book Review

Highly recommended for community library astrology collections and for anyone who wants a unbiased look at the universe itself.

Space Review
There's at least one rock star who knows a thing or two about real stars.

— Jeff Foust

History Wire - Where the Past Comes Alive
The story is told in clear, straightforward terms, in the strict order in which the events happened, and uses no mathematics.

— Steve Goddard

Journal for the History of Astronomy

Stunningly illustrated... breathtaking views of galaxies.

AstroGuyz.com

The scope of the book is ambitious; its hard to cram in antimatter and inflation in one chapter and then skip to planetary science and biology in the next. Still, the authors do a wonderful job tackling a broad array of cosmic subjects. This is just the kind of book that would have fired up my imagination as a kid!... In the end, Bang! is an excellent illustrated compendium for what are perhaps weightier and less accessible tomes.

FiveBooks
It basically takes the reader on a tour of the entire universe, and tells you everything you wants to know... It's beautifully described, accurate and they feature fantastic photography. If you like astronomy and those Hubble pictures on the Internet, don't know much but would love to learn more, this would be a great book for you.

— Philip Plait

History Wire - Where the Past Comes Alive - Steve Goddard

The story is told in clear, straightforward terms, in the strict order in which the events happened, and uses no mathematics.

Space Review - Jeff Foust

There's at least one rock star who knows a thing or two about real stars.

FiveBooks - Philip Plait

It basically takes the reader on a tour of the entire universe, and tells you everything you wants to know... It's beautifully described, accurate and they feature fantastic photography. If you like astronomy and those Hubble pictures on the Internet, don't know much but would love to learn more, this would be a great book for you.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780801889851
  • Publisher: Johns Hopkins University Press
  • Publication date: 4/28/2008
  • Edition description: second edition
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 170
  • Sales rank: 1,011,752
  • Product dimensions: 9.30 (w) x 11.10 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

Brian May is the founding guitarist of the rock band Queen and a longtime astrophysics enthusiast. He recently was awarded a Ph.D. in the field by the University of London. Patrick Moore has been studying astronomy since long before mankind made it into space and was knighted for his service to the science. He is the host of The Sky at Night, the author of more than 70 astronomy books, and the co-founder and former president of the Society for Popular Astronomy. Chris Lintott is an astrophysicist who specializes in star formation.

Johns Hopkins University Press

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Table of Contents

Prefaces 8

Introduction The Lure of the Skies 14

Ch. 1 Genesis: In the Beginning 24

Ch. 2 And Then There Was Light 42

Ch. 3 The Evolving Universe 70

Ch. 4 Stars and Planets 90

Ch. 5 The Emergence of Life 110

Ch. 6 Into the Future 128

Ch. 7 The End of the Universe 148

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 9, 2013

    The book may well be very good, but the description here on the

    The book may well be very good, but the description here on the Barnes and Noble website says it talks about a universe that is 13.7 million years old, when ours happens to be 13.7 billion.

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  • Posted August 30, 2009

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    Excellent

    So far the best astronomy book I have read in my opinion, this is out of about 15 or so. The images really pull it together, on top of great information easy to understand text. This is not just a great picture book.

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