Astronomy - Recent Discoveries and Developments
by Paul Rumsby
Astronomy - Recent Discoveries and Developments Gathers the most significant, ground breaking, headline making stories and presents them in an easy to read, easy to understand format. Each section is accompanied by colour images and illustrations which beautifully reinforces the subject. Makes essential reading for interested laypersons, Amateur and Professional Astronomers, In fact anyone with an attraction for this fascinating and absorbing subject.
The Perfect Catch-Up
The Perfect Introduction
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The complete history of the universe is a title to live up to, especially in two hundred pages. But authors Brian May, Chris Lintott and Sir Patrick Moore have managed to do just that and in a way that is both fun and easy to understand. A true ‘coffee table’ astronomy book.
The large format is perfect for displaying the stunning photographs from the Hubble Space Telescope and large ground based instruments. The book follows a time-line, starting 13.7 billion years ago, chapter one deals with the fractions of a second after the big bang. Successive chapters build on the story of universal evolution. Through the birth of galaxies, stars and planets, the emergence of life and on into the future and the eventual fate of the Earth as our Sun swells to become a red giant star. The main content of the book concludes with the ultimate fate of the universe and explores the possible outcomes currently hypothesized.
A nice piece on Practical Astronomy, a number of biographies including eminent names such as Chandrasekhar, Einstein, Zwicky and Hoyle and a short glossary brings the book to a close.
You will find other books that cover the same ground and in far greater detail, but you will be hard pressed to find one you will enjoy as much as Bang or one that is as beautifully presented. You may find yourself reading from cover to cover and then starting over again on page one, as I did.
About the Authors; Though best known as the lead guitarist for the supergroup Queen, Brian May also studied for a PhD in astrophysics before giving up the academic life for rock music. Patrick Moore is the world's best-loved astronomer, author of more than 100 books and presenter of the world's longest running TV programme, BBC's "The Sky at Night". Chris Lintott is the co-presenter, with Patrick, of "The Sky at Night". He took his first degree in Physics at Cambridge, then his PhD in Astrophysics at University College London, and is now doing further research at Oxford.