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  • Hardcover: 144 pages
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press (18 Nov. 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0521833256
  • ISBN-13: 978-0387985756
  • Product Dimensions: 23 x 2.5 x 28 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,097,818 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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'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, to re-read, and to cherish.' Frank Deboosere, Dutch TV meteorologist

'… a triumph. Schilling has a deep understanding of his subject and writes with verve and enthusiasm. Nobody has written a popular history of the universe as detailed as this before … Every step of the story is illustrated with stunning colour images … A beautiful, awe-inspiring book.' New Scientist

'Schilling has a knack for arranging and simplifying the ideas so they're easily digestible and not too challenging.' Focus

'It is written in a very accessible style and is lavishly illustrated with a good clear explanation of the pictures and how they fit into the developing theme written in the book. As someone who has limited knowledge of how our universe arrived at its current state I found the book informative and interesting to read.' Spaceflight

'… Schilling uses this book to paint a far wider canvas than the universe as revealed by the telescope. … If you want a quick and beautiful look at human knowledge on the grandest scale, this book is the place to go.' The Times Higher Education Supplement

'The many illustrations are useful but it is [the] words which paint pictures in your mind … it's worth getting the book for the chapters on the formation of the planets and emergence of life on Earth alone … a wonderful account of how we and our world came into existence and the time-scales involved … ' Popular Astronomy

'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 Schilling's narrative only serve to heighten the sense of wonder.' Astronomy and Space

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In this fascinating book, science journalist Govert Schilling takes the reader on a journey through time, using a combination of compelling text and breathtaking photographs. He describes the evolution of the cosmos, from the beginning of space and time, to the creation of the Earth and mankind.

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7 of 10 people found the following review helpful By S Foster on 1 Feb. 2005
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Truly a beautiful book !
The pictures are magnificent.
No complicated physics , just a guide to the galaxy and how it all started.
Well worth the money.
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A masterful description of time and space 9 April 2007
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Govert Schilling (with an excellent translation into English by David Wray) has managed to explain the entire history of the Universe in some 127 pages and in a most beautiful and poetic way (reminiscent of Carl Sagan). The breadth of his coverage is only matched by his eloquent description which is sure to touch the hearts of scientist and layman alike. With such a vast coverage, he, of course, cannot go into the intricate details of each subject but yet he manages to capture the essence of each topic and hardly misses any important topic that relates to the subject at hand. From the first quantum of time after the Big Bang (just 1 x 10^-43 seconds after) to the end of the Universe in a whimper some 10^100 years later, he describes the important milestones of cosmic evolution - the creation of matter, the first atoms, the separation of the four fundamental forces, the cosmic dark ages, the age of recombination, the first stars and subsequent generations of stars, supernovae, black holes, the synthesis of the heavy elements, the first galaxies, the formation of solar systems, the evolution of life, the ultimate end of human life and of the Sun and Earth, and finally the slow death of the universe itself! Not much is left out. An astonishing number of details are presented in a non mathematical way but yet the poetic beauty of his descriptions fills your mind with pictures that unfold with every page. Speaking of pictures, the book is filled with beautiful color astronomical pictures and paintings on almost every page as well but believe me, the words alone are enough to touch your very soul. If every there was an answer to the age old question, "What is the meaning of life?" - this is it!
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