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How It Began: A Time-Traveler's Guide to the Universe

How It Began: A Time-Traveler's Guide to the Universe (Trade Paperback / Paperback)

By Impey, Chris

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In this vibrant, eye-opening tour of milestones in the history of our universe, Chris Impey guides us through space and time, leading us from the familiar sights of the night sky to the dazzlingly strange aftermath of the Big Bang. What if we could look into space and see not onl...y our place in the universe but also how we came to be here? As it happens, we can. Because it takes time for light to travel, we see more and more distant regions of the universe as they were in the successively greater past. Impey uses this concept look-back time to take us on an intergalactic tour that is simultaneously out in space and back in time. Performing a type of cosmic archaeology, Impey brilliantly describes the astronomical clues that scientists have used to solve fascinating mysteries about the origins and development of our universe. The milestones on this journey range from the nearby to the remote: we travel from the Moon, Jupiter, and the black hole at the heart of our galaxy all the way to the first star, the first ray of light, and even the strange, roiling conditions of the infant universe, an intense and volatile environment in which matter was created from pure energy. Impey gives us breathtaking visual descriptions and also explains what each landmark can reveal about the universe and its history. His lucid, wonderfully engaging scientific discussions bring us to the brink of modern cosmology and physics, illuminating such mind-bending concepts as invisible dimensions, timelessness, and multiple universes. A dynamic and unforgettable portrait of the cosmos, How It Began will reward its readers with a deeper understanding of the universe we inhabit as well as a renewed sense of wonder at its beauty and mystery.
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ISBN 9780393343861
Released NZ 14 Jan 2013
Publisher WW Norton & Co
Format Trade Paperback/Paperback
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ISBN-13 9780393343861
Stock Available
Status In stock at publisher; ships 6-12 working days
Publisher WW Norton & Co
Imprint WW Norton & Co
Released 14 Jan 2013
Publication Country United States United States
Format Trade Paperback/Paperback
Author(s) By Impey, Chris
Category Popular Science
Popular Astronomy
Cosmology & The Universe
Space Travel & Exploration
Number of Pages 448
Dimensions Width: 140mm
Height: 211mm
Spine: 33mm
Dewey Code 523.1
Weight 414g
Interest Age General Audience
Reading Age General Audience
Library of Congress Cosmology, Space and time
NBS Text Science: General & Reference
ONIX Text General/trade

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