Exploring the Universe

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There are few topics more awe-inspiring than cosmology. What is the universe? How does it work? Where did it come from? These fundamental questions intrigue adults and children alike. This accessible guide brings alive humanity's attempts to explain the existence of everything and explores the latest and best theories on how the universe came into being.

With approachable text, assuming no previous knowledge, uniquely in such an illustrated book, the reader is taken beyond the ...

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Overview

There are few topics more awe-inspiring than cosmology. What is the universe? How does it work? Where did it come from? These fundamental questions intrigue adults and children alike. This accessible guide brings alive humanity's attempts to explain the existence of everything and explores the latest and best theories on how the universe came into being.

With approachable text, assuming no previous knowledge, uniquely in such an illustrated book, the reader is taken beyond the certainties to explore the strange concepts that fill modern cosmology. Is the universe a hologram? Is everything we know part of a membrane floating in multidimensional space? Could we be living in a computer simulation? It sounds like science fiction, but these are among the ideas cosmologists seriously propose for the nature of reality.

Exploring the Universe is for students, amateur astronomers, and anyone who has looked up at the sky and wondered about our place in the universe.

Contents:
Introduction
Where did we come from?
Music of the spheres
Building blocks
Our neighbourhood
A growing space
A bang or a whimper
How do we know?
Most of our universe is missing
Cosmic oddities: Just a theory
The ultimate question

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  • ISBN-13: 9781908126160
  • Publisher: Artis
  • Publication date: 1/30/2015
  • Pages: 200
  • Product dimensions: 7.60 (w) x 9.70 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction 8

Chapter 1 Where did we come from? 11

Chapter 2 Music of the spheres 19

Chapter 3 Building blocks 33

Chapter 4 Our neighbourhood 49

Chapter 5 A growing space 89

Chapter 6 A bang or a whimper? 109

Chapter 7 How do we know? 125

Chapter 8 Most of our universe is missing 145

Chapter 9 Cosmic oddities 157

Chapter 10 Just a theory 181

Chapter 11 The ultimate question 191

Picture credits 198

Index 199

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