- Paperback: 544 pages
- Publisher: Harper Perennial; First Thus edition (4 July 2005)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0007152523
- ISBN-13: 978-0007152520
- Product Dimensions: 12.6 x 3.8 x 19.9 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars See all reviews (100 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 69,404 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Big Bang: The Most Important Scientific Discovery of All Time and Why You Need to Know About It Paperback – 4 Jul 2005
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'Comprehensive yet eminently comprehensible … Singh explains even the most complicated ideas with subtlety, grace and wit.' Economist
'[Singh] is a gifted expositor, ready to venture to places other science popularisers don't even try to reach.' Mail on Sunday
'Singh's unerring eye for picturesque anecdotes and his capacity for simplifying complex scientific ideas is a winning formula' Sunday Telegraph
Singh presents a tightly structured history of the key players in humankind's realisation of how much space really is out there. As Singh shows, coming up with a theory of how the universe began is possibly the most creative thing of all.' Guardian
'Singh is a very gifted story teller who never misses a chance to make his subject clearer of more entertaining … Singh is also fastidious about crediting the true pioneers of science … a brilliant book.' Independent on Sunday
About the Author
Simon Singh is a science journalist and TV producer. Having completed his PhD at Cambridge he worked from 1991 to 1997 at the BBC producing Tomorrow’s World and co-directing the BAFTA award-winning documentary Fermat’s Last Theorem for the Horizon series. He is the author of Fermat’s Last Theorem, which was a no 1 bestseller in Britain and translated into 22 languages. In 1999, he wrote The Code Book which was also an international bestseller and the basis for the Channel 4 series The Science of Secrecy.
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Arranging his topics carefully, Singh ties concepts to their investigators. Early ideas were based on "common sense" and accepted authorities. Naked eye observation limited our ability to "see" the universe until the telescope was developed. "Decentralising" is an ongoing theme in this book as we learn how Western Europe came to understand the Earth was not the centre of things. Galileo's telescopic observations shifted that centre to the sun. When telescopes improved even the sun's location moved to the edge of the Milky Way. Singh demonstrates how each step was proposed, considered and contested, then accepted with additional data. With hindsight, the conclusions all appear obvious. At the time of each new concept's proposal, "established" views held sway until overwhelming evidence displaced them.
No proposal was so hotly disputed as the notion that the cosmos began as a tiny region which rapidly expanded - the Big Bang.Read more ›
The physics involved is very gentle, and the author makes a lot of effort not to lose the readers, with many explanations and metaphors making everything clear. As a result, the book should probably appeal to people ranging from those who know very little of cosmology to those who, like myself, may have read a few other popular accounts of the subject.
This book is up there with "The Ascent of Man" and "A Short History of Nearly Everything".
As an aside, this is also the best example of art of summarising material that I have ever seen - each chapter of around 80 pages is summed up in 2 sides of notes - without losing anything.
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I just don't believe it and i'm not even religious..... i have a theory.......Published 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
I've read Simon SIngh's books on the Fermat Theorem and on Cryptography and liked them both (the Code Book is easily the best introduction to the subject for the non-specialist). Read morePublished 3 months ago by Amazon Customer
An excellent book from an excellent seller. Written in a style that is very readable and maintains the readers interest throughout.Published 6 months ago by DxB
I am not usually a reader of scientific books or on astronomy but having read Singh 's formats last theorem I thought I'd give Big Bang a try. I found it enthralling. Read morePublished 11 months ago by Amazon Customer
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