Evolving Cosmos

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Science journalist Govert Schilling takes the reader on a whirlwind journey through time by describing the evolution of the cosmos, from the beginning of space and time fourteen billion years ago, to the creation of the Earth and humankind. Ending with a glance into the distant future of the universe, the book's combination of compelling text and breathtaking photographs provides an impressive vision of the place of man in the cosmos. Govert Schilling is a Dutch science writer and astronomy publicist. He is a contributing editor of Sky and Telescope magazine, and regularly writes for the news sections of Science and New Scientist. Schilling is the astronomy writer for de Volkskrant, one of the largest national daily newspapers in The Netherlands, and frequently talks about the Universe on Dutch radio broadcasts. He is the author of more than twenty popular astronomy books, including Flash! (Cambridge, 2002), and hundreds of newspaper and magazine articles on astronomy.

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Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
"...a triumph. Schilling has a deep understanding of his subject and writes with verve and enthusiasm...Schilling deserves to do well with this offering. A beautiful, awe-inspiring book."
New Scientist

"Evolving Cosmos contains all the arguments and amazing facts for an exciting discussion about life, the universe and everything."
Andre Kuipers, ESA Astronaut

"What a deliciously informative, beautiful new work...on a never-ending subject!"
Wim T. Schippers, artist and presenter of the Dutch National Science Quiz

"This is a book to read, re-read, and to cherish."
Frank Deboosere, Dutch TV meteorologist

"...a beautifully illustrated, nontechnical history of the universe."

"...Schilling takes his reader on a well-told and imaginative tour of the universe, starting with the Big Bang."
Astronomy, Robert Burnham

"...a complete package. The poetic tone is consistent and adds to readers' understanding of the science behind the different presented views of the universe...Evolving Cosmos is a delightful and entertaining look into the heavens geared for just about anyone."
Sky & Telescope, Lisa R. Johnston

"What sets this book apart...is its presentation—both in the way it is written and the manner in which it is illustrated. Schilling makes a concerted effort to convey the wonder of the universe to his readers, and achieves this as much through his prose style as he does through his subject matter. ...The truly stunning photos that accompany Schlling's narrative only serve to heighten the sense of wonder."
Adrian Cosgrove
Astronomy & Space, January 2008

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780521833257
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
  • Publication date: 8/15/2004
  • Pages: 144
  • Product dimensions: 9.06 (w) x 11.02 (h) x 0.98 (d)

Meet the Author

Govert Schilling is the Netherlands' best known astronomy journalist. He writes for many publications including New Scientist, Science, and Sky and Telescope. In 2002 he was awarded the Dutch Eureka! prize for his work on popularising knowledge and science.

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Table of Contents

Foreword; 1. Creation; 2. Contraction; 3. Order; 4. Birth; 5. Recycling; 6. Growth; 7. Modelling; 8. Evolution; 9. Development; 10. Completion.

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