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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
TOP 500 REVIEWERon 19 June 2013
This updated 4th edition(2012) of 'Bang! The Complete History of the Universe' is one of the most accessible books on cosmology/astronomy that I've come across.
After a brief illuminating introduction there is a chronological account of the evolution of the Universe with chapters headed 'Genesis: In the Beginning'; 'And Then There Was Light'; 'The Evolving Universe'; 'Stars and Planets'; 'The Emergence of Life'; 'Into the Future' & 'The End of the Universe'. This is followed by a chapter on Practical Astronomy by Patrick Moore, biographies of key figures in astronomy/cosmology, a time line of the Universe and a useful glossary of cosmological terms.
Brian May, Patrick Moore & Chris Lintott have written an exciting state-of-the-art guide to the wonders of our Universe.
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on 16 January 2014
I am only part way through reading and am enjoying so far, but came back to amazon to check if what I received was what I expected. I have a small hardback book of text, with some full colour pages of photos and diagrams interspersed occasionally throughout. While a handy size for reading in the bath, it isn't the 'lavishly illustrated' coffee table book with lenticular cover I was expecting from the other reviews. It has bothered me a few times that the text refers to an image or diagram which I cannot find and it is not referenced. Bit annoying, but doesn't mean this isn't an extremely accessible book on a complex subject. Just be aware of that you might be getting something different to what other reviewers are raving about.
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on 30 September 2013
The best book I have read which attempts to explain what once must have been unexplainable. There are still the moments when you want to know 'But how do they know that" particularly when dealing with incredibly small numbers in the passage of time and space. It is a privilege to be around at this time in history and to learn about how we got to this stage and where our future lies. Unless of course there is something else out there.
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on 21 August 2013
For anyone that like me that wanted to understand what is up there this is essential reading. May, Moore and Lintott go into great detail without over complicating the text (the only equation mentioned is E=mc2). Everything is covered with helpful diagrams and fantastic images and the brief biographys of some of sciences greatest men make this a must read.
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on 16 August 2013
Isn't it wonderful when you can educate yourself in what can be a very complicated subject? But it takes talented and expert writers to crack that code and with this gem of a book these 3 authors succeed admirably. Well structured, easily understood and with the bonus of the very good biographies section at the end.
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on 18 December 2013
Often the great problem of writing about the cosmos is trying to understand it all. Well, Patrick Moore, Brian May, and Chris Lintott certainly get my vote for that. An uncomplicated text with great detail makes this book an excellent tool for learning. RIP Patrick.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
The text is superb - it is a good book - but it is galling to read reviews about how great the illustrations are only to discover that the Kindle version has none. I suggest buying the physical version of this book.
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on 4 November 2013
I haven't finished this book yet, but it is well-written and I will. It has the same effect on me as all astronomy books - you get drawn into an alternative univese here on earth through a weired way of thinking.
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on 23 August 2014
I have based my rating on the hardback edition which I previously owned but gave away. The illustrations in that are superb and helpful as is the clear, well written explanation of the history of the universe and Big Bang. This is great for adults and older children because it does not seek to baffle or confuse, but clarify, explain and demonstrate in straightforward but interesting terms. Well worth the price for the hardback. BUT do not buy the kindle edition if you want the illustrations as these are missing. I was furious when my kindle version was delivered and discovered it contains just text. I would definitely not have bought if this had been clearly stated. So be warned.
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on 22 May 2014
I thought this a very good read . It is written in a straightforward way and treats complicated subjects like Quantum Theory in a way to make them more understandable to the layman.
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