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The Big Questions The Universe Hardcover – 1 Jul 2010

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  • Hardcover: 208 pages
  • Publisher: Quercus (1 July 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1849162387
  • ISBN-13: 978-1849162388
  • Product Dimensions: 15.5 x 1.8 x 21.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 103,302 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The Big Questions series confronts the fundamental problems of science and philosophy that have perplexed enquiring minds throughout history. Each enlightening title provides and explains the answers of our greatest thinkers. In Big Questions: The Universe, Stuart Clark tackles the 20 key questions of astronomy, cosmology and existence itself.
What is the Universe?
Do other intelligent beings exist?
What are black holes?
Was Einstein right?
How did the Universe begin?
What is dark matter?
Why is 75% of the Universe a mystery?
Is there life on Mars?
Are there alternative universes?
How will the Universe end?
Are we really made from star dust?
Can we travel through time?
How old is the Universe?
What are stars made of?
Why doesn't the moon fall down?
Can the laws of physics change?
How big is the Universe?
What was the Big Bang?
How did the Earth form?
Is there evidence for God?

About the Author

Dr Stuart Clark is the author of the critically acclaimed book The Sun Kings: The Unexpected Tragedy of Richard Carrington and the Tale of How Modern Astronomy Began. A former editor of the United Kingdom's best-selling astronomy magazine, Astronomy Now, and a Visiting Fellow at the University of Hertfordshire, he currently writes for the European Space Agency and is a regular contributor to such magazines as New Scientist and BBC Focus. Dr Clark's previous books also include Journey to the Stars and Universe in Focus: The Story of the Hubble Telescope


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I have read a number of books on how the universe began, eg Brian Greens The Elegant Universe, Hawkins Grand Design, and those have been excellent in explaining the mind boggling nature of how the big bang happened. This book covers some of the same ground but it does it in a way that makes it easier to retain the knowledge - I think the writing style, and the way it sets out to answer key questions really helps. If I had to choose between the 3 I would get this one, but dont let that stop you getting all 3.
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A good brief overview of cosmology. The book touches briefly on a wide range of topics in a clear and precise way. It is easily understood to the non scientific mind but I found myself craving a little more knowledge on the subjects approached by Stuart Clark. This is an excellent introduction to Cosmology but no more than that. If it gives people an apatite for further reading on the subject that's only a good thing.
I can recommend Marcus Chown as a follow on author to read when you have finished this book. Especially if you enjoyed all the parallel universe stuff.
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An excellent book. Couldn't put it down. I was lucky enough to get my book signed by Stuart Clark not long after I purchased it. If your a space nut like me then buy this book.
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I would recommend this book to any lay reader who wants a succinct introduction to the current issues in cosmology. It is well written and clearly explained, without sacrificing scientific accuracy. The author knows his stuff and how to put it across in an exciting way. I found new insights from reading it that hadn't struck me from other popular accounts I have read in the past.
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Amazing way to look at the universe around us and see it from a different perspective. This book highlights many things that we dont understand but talks about peoples different perceptions of them a great way to see the space Round us differently.
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A fascinating and informative laypersons guide to where we are now - in relaxed and understandable language.
I have read many books on this subject; some half read, but this presentation is deserving of full marks. Thank you.
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The perfect non-fiction follow-on after Stuart Clark's excellent explorational "Science versus Religion: from Copernicus to Hubble" trilogy, "The Sky's Dark Labyrinth".
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