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by Brian May

ePub Bang! The Complete History of the Universe download
Author:
Brian May
ISBN13:
978-1844422319
ISBN:
1844422313
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Publisher:
Carlton Books Ltd (2007)
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Subcategory:
Astronomy & Space Science
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1436 kb
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Rating:
4.3
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866

I heard a Brian May NPR interview shortly after this book was published and was fascinated by his passion for both .

I heard a Brian May NPR interview shortly after this book was published and was fascinated by his passion for both rock music and astrophysics - quite a combination. I'd known that May studied the subject before Queen hit the big time but hadn't heard him speak about it before so this book, and his Doctorate degree came as quite a surprise. I was a bit skeptical about "Bang!! The Complete History of the Universe" but intrigued as well, especially when I saw the two co-authors, Patrick Moore and Chris Lintott, and I must say that the book did not let me down.

The front cover features a hologram of a star exploding, and the book contains many stunning photographs, some of which were taken by Brian during and since his studies.

Start by marking Bang!: The Complete History of the Universe as Want to Read: Want to Read savin. ant to Read.

We all, Patrick Moore, Chris Lintott and myself, plus the whole BANG! team, hope that the interactive nature of BangUniverse. com will stimulate constructive discussion of the astronomical topics raised in the book.

Who knows what Brian May was thinking when he wrote "We Will Rock . Infinitesimally small at first, the Universe is immense and ever expanding.

Who knows what Brian May was thinking when he wrote "We Will Rock You" for Queen? As a lifelong astrophysics aficionado, he may have been thinking about the origins of the universe. He's certainly been thinking about it lately. Bang! explains how it all started, takes you on a tour of what is known about the evolution of the Universe, and posits how the end of time will come about.

Published by Carlton Books Ltd (2007). Many of the pictures of the Universe obtained by instruments such as the Hubble Space Telescope or the Very Large Telescope in Chile are beautiful enough to be considered works of art in their own right. ISBN 10: 1844422313 ISBN 13: 9781844422319. This book presents them in context, and uses extraordinary new artworks to explain the mind-blowing theories from the cutting edge of astronomy in a way that everyone can understand.

I heard a Brian May NPR interview shortly after this book was published and was fascinated by his passion for both .

Who knows what Brian May was thinking when he wrote "We Will Rock You" for Queen?. As a lifelong astrophysics aficionado, he may have been thinking about the origins of the universe. to consider the history of the universe from the Big Bang to Heat Death. Bang!: The Complete History of the Universe by DSc, CBE, Brian May (Hardback, 2008).

Brian May has signed this "Bang! .

Brian May has signed this "Bang! The Complete History of the Universe" book in silver ink. Excellent condition. View Current Auction.

  • Probably like most potential readers from outside the U.K., I was first made aware of this book because I'm a Queen fan - since Brian May is both the guitarist for that band and a PhD astrophysicist. Obviously his latter qualification gives him the authority to co-author the book, and if his former qualification helps him sell more books, he won't mind. Readers in the U.K. might well be as familiar with Sir Patrick, Fellow of the Royal Society and TV-show host. Thus, the authors of this book have the populist credentials to combine with the scientific credentials, which bodes well for its readability. And this book is eminently readable. Not only that, but for a relatively modest price, it is packed full of photos, diagrams, and drawings, all in full colour. The book is handsomely packaged and printed on high-quality glossy paper. I only mention this because, again, the price belies the quality of the product.

    The scope of the book is exactly as advertised on the cover - "The Complete History of the Universe." As such it is a cosmological book, with reader-friendly (and, I think, as scientifically accurate as it is possible to be without delving into advanced mathematics) coverage of the Big Bang, expansion of the universe, the formation of the solar system, and the eventual fate of the universe. It ranges from the large (looking at the universe as a whole) to the subatomic, with a discussion of the fate of the elementary particles of which all matter is made. Ample evidence (and discussion) is devoted to the big cosmological questions: an infinitely expanding universe vs. a big crunch model, the evidence for the existence of dark matter, the relationship between time and distance, etc.

    By its very nature, a book that deals this extensively with big ideas won't have much room for the details of trivial matters such as the Solar System. In my opinion this is a failing of the book - planets and their moons are barely mentioned except in groups (the "gas giants are...." or "the moons of Jupiter are...."). Extrasolar planets are essentially non-existent. Oddly, given this omission, there is a large amount of time devoted to observational astronomy - while the names of the constellations are useful (and make finding your way around the heavens), they are arbitrary groupings arising from Earth's sightlines with no real physical existence. Similarly, the sections on telescopes and observing are a little dull and go on too long.

    Still, a very attractive and interesting book. Most armchair astronomers are likely to learn at least a few new things, because of the sheer breadth of the material. Even if they don't they are sure to revel in the beautiful pictures and diagrams, and gloat over the relatively cheap selling price.

  • This is a great book for people who don't grasp astrophysics like myself. The information is not dumbed down, but the authors make it easy for laymen to understand the theory behind the origin of the universe.

  • This book is well written in simple English for the lay person to easily follow.
    It deals with the universe from the first nanosecond to its theoretical end...or is it?
    I thoroughly recommend it to anyone interested in our place in the great scheme of things. Just look at the contents and you'll understand what the book holds for you.
    If I had to make a complaint it would be the paucity of illustrations.
    All told. Good value.

  • I heard a Brian May NPR interview shortly after this book was published and was fascinated by his passion for both rock music and astrophysics - quite a combination. I'd known that May studied the subject before Queen hit the big time but hadn't heard him speak about it before so this book, and his Doctorate degree came as quite a surprise.

    I was a bit skeptical about "Bang!! The Complete History of the Universe" but intrigued as well, especially when I saw the two co-authors, Patrick Moore and Chris Lintott, and I must say that the book did not let me down. "Bang!" is a quite comprehensive, but very approachable primer on the latest 'birth of the universe' theories. Written in a highly engaging, but not simplistic, style and beautifully illustrated, it is an outstanding introduction to astrophysics for the novice and a great review of current theories for the more knowledgeable.

    The fact that Dr. May's name on the cover may bring readers that would not normally pick up a book like this is just icing on the cake.

    Kudos to all involved!

  • I recently watched Prof Susskind's Cosmology lectures but I needed a simpler discussion of Cosmology to describe the subject to some of my friends who don't have a math background.

    This book supplied that level of information for them.

    Very useful.

  • Good

  • The pictures are not put together with the text, but clumped together in 3 different sections if the book, so that you have to leaf through them to see what the text is referring to. This may be because it is not the first edition and someone got lazy? But the material is quite clear, for the most part, and it is very interesting and worthwhile.

  • This was a wonderful read, perfect for the layman. I have read Stephen Hawking`s book "A Brief History Of Time" which was also excellent, but hard to wrap the mind around in some parts of it. This I believe I understood 100%.