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A Brief History of the Universe

A Brief History of the Universe [Kindle Edition]

J.P. McEvoy
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From Stonehenge to String Theory – how astronomy has changed the world

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Since the dawn of humanity, men have attempted to divine the nature of the heavens. The first astronomers mapped the movement of the seasons and used the positions of the constellations for augurs and astrology. Today, the search goes ever deeper into the nature of reality and life itself. In this accessible overview, astrophysicist J.P. McEvoy tells the story of how our knowledge of the cosmos has developed. He puts in context many of the greatest discoveries of all time and many of the dominant personalities: Aristotle, Copernicus, and Isaac Newton, and as we approach the modern era, Einstein, Eddington, and Hawking.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 683 KB
  • Print Length: 338 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0762436220
  • Publisher: Robinson (5 Nov 2009)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0038M3SUG
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #220,567 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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J.P. McEvoy received the Msc in physics from the University of Pennsylvania (USA) and the PhD from the University of London. As a research associate at the RCA Research Laboratories in Princeton and for the next 15 years, he worked in solid state physics as a research scientist in the USA, Switzerland and Britain. Of his previous books, the graphic guides Introducing Stephen Hawking, and Introducing Quantum Theory have been acclaimed worldwide and translated into a dozen languages. He also has written a popular book on the history of solar eclipses, called Eclipse, for Fourth Estate. Recently, he has been active in science journalism and broadcasting. In October 2006, he received the prestigious founder's award given by the American School in London for Inspiring and Dedicated Service to Education. His new book for Constable and Robinson published in 2010, A Brief History of the Universe, continues his celebration of the creative individuals whose ideas has shaped humanity's understanding of the physical world. He lives in London with his wife Patricia, a family therapist.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent & thought provoking 12 Aug 2010
Fantastic book whose pace perfectly matches that of our understanding of the cosmos. Slow at first, it accelerates exponentially until it reaches the present day. On the way, it gives interesting insights into the characters of the scientists who gradually moved mankind from a rather large place at the centre of an imaginably sized creation to a much smaller place on the outskirts of a much much bigger universe.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A Brief History of the Universe. 21 April 2012
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A Brief History of the Universe. Sorry! Not had time to read yet. Will read when I get a chance to do so.
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5.0 out of 5 stars `A brief history of the universe' by J. P. McEvoy - excellent 26 Aug 2013
By William P. Palmer - Published on
Review of `A brief history of the universe' by J. P. McEvoy published by Robinson of London in 2010.

CITATION: McEvoy, J. P. (2010). A brief history of the universe. London: Robinson.

Reviewer: Dr W. P. Palmer

This book is another in the Brief History series. I found it very well written with well developed connections between the events covered. The book is 300 pages long with suggestions for further reading and an index. The copy reviewed was a paperback at a reduced price so the comparative lack of illustration was to be expected. J. P. McEvoy is an established researcher and writer in this area having previously written about Stephen Hawking and also on quantum theory.

McEvoy starts his history of astronomy with the old Babylonian period from about 2000 BC, moving on to Greek astronomy and Ptolemy's important role in astronomical theory. Part 2 is entitled `Newton's Universe' and starts with Nicholaus Coppernicus. I have always been very fond of Koestler's `The Sleepwalkers: A History of Man's Changing Vision of the Universe (Compass), but McEvoy points out one of Koestler's errors where Koestler claimed that De Revolutionibus Orbium Coelestiumwas not widely read in its first edition. McEvoy dedicated his book to Kepler and Einstein, so it is not surprising that he gives a very full and positive account of Kepler's life and discoveries. Galileo and Newton get high praise for their contributions to astronomy, but the author details the flaws in their characters. He is particularly interesting on the terrible way in which Galileo ignored Kepler's letters.

Part 3 is entitled `Einstein's universe' and this brings the reader up to date with 20th and 21st century astronomy. In some ways, this is the least well-known story in astronomy, perhaps because the story-line diversifies so much and there is so much information to record. McEvoy gives one set of connected events well, but omits others. For example I would have expected Subrahmanyam Chandrasekhar, Stephen Hawking and black holes to receive more attention, but the author is only writing a `Brief History'. I did feel the last section may have less well edited as `Sir Hermann Bondi' was referred to as `Sir Hermann Biondi' on several occasions and even in the index. A few small typos also crept in and the author has a great fondness for using the dash as a substitute for the correct punctuation mark.

Overall it is an interesting and worthwhile book providing the ordinary reader with `A brief history of the universe'

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4.0 out of 5 stars Rally really great book 8 Mar 2013
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Enjoyed it a lot, it was perfect to get a better understanding of the ancient cultures contribution to actual cosmologie, great writing style, came short on explaining relativity and quantum mechamics.
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars 15 July 2014
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Interesting book.
5.0 out of 5 stars Need this book for class 24 May 2013
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I needed this book for class, I was very happy to see if was available as a Kindle PC version. Price was well within affordable!
2.0 out of 5 stars I had hoped for pictures! 28 July 2014
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Sorry, maybe my mistake but not t all what I expected.
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