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    Simon Singh(Author)

We've all heard of the Big Bang, and yet few of us truly know what it is.

Renowned for making difficult ideas much less difficult than they might first appear, Simon Singh is our perfect guide to explaining why cosmologists believe that the Big Bang is an accurate description of the origin and evolution of the universe.

This highly readable and entertaining book tells the story of the many brilliant, often eccentric scientists who fought against the establishment idea of an eternal and unchanging cosmos. From such early Greek cosmologists as Anaximander to recent satellite measurements taken deep in space, Big Bang is a narrative full of anecdotes and personal histories. With characteristic clarity, Simon Singh tells the centuries-long story of mankind's attempt to understand how the universe came to be, a story which itself begins some 14 billion years ago (give or take a billion years). Simon Singh shows us that it is within the capability of all of us -- in his expert hands -- to understand the Big Bang: the fundamental theory in all of science, and a high point -- perhaps the high point -- of human achievement.

"Singh is a gifted writer.a good storyteller.and [he] knows how to describe and explain complex and esoteric subjects." -- San Diego Union-Tribune"Fascinating.Simon Singh loves storytelling and has a knack for digging up underappreciated characters." -- New York Newsday"Highly readable. Singh brings the colourful protagonists in his story to life." -- New Scientist"It's hard to imagine a grander, more thrilling story...fast-paced...hugely entertaining...Big Bang is, quite literally, cosmic."--New York Times"An expert but friendly guide to help you decode the mysteries [of the universe] with crisp, clear running commentary."--Sylvia Nasar, author of A Beautiful Mind"Singh's unerring eye for picturesque anecdotes and his capacity for simplifying complex scientific ideas is a winning formula."--Saturday Daily Telegraph (London)"Singh is a gifted writer...a good storyteller...and [he] knows how to describe and explain complex and esoteric subjects."--San Diego Union-Tribune"Fascinating...Simon Singh loves storytelling and has a knack for digging up underappreciated characters."--New York Newsday"The history of mathematics comes alive even for those who dread balancing their checkbooks."--Publishers Weekly on Fermat's Enigma"Brings together...the geniuses who have secured communications, saved lives, and influenced the fate of nations. A pleasure to read."--Chicago Tribune on The Code Book"(Singh) is a gifted expositor, ready to venture to places other science popularisers don't even try to reach."--The Mail (on Sunday)"Singh is one of the best science journalists writing today...Impressive."--London Times (Sunday)"Entertaining and satisfying. . . . Offers a fascinating glimpse into the mostly secret competition between codemakers and codebreakers."--USA Today on The Code Book"Highly readable... Singh brings the colourful protagonists in his story to life."--New Scientist"Inimitable. . . . There's no better account of the big bang theory."--Publishers Weekly (starred review)"Singh spins tales of cryptic intrigue in every chapter."--Wall Street Journal on The Code Book"A clear, lively, and comprehensive view of the way science arrived at the leading theory of how everything began."---Kirkus Reviews (starred review)"This book is a blast...who knew that the Big Bang could be so much fun?"--James Gleick, bestselling author of CHAOS and FASTER"An absorbing tale of codemaking and codebreaking over the centuries."--Scientific American on The Code Book"Enthralling...commendably lucid...[Singh's] book provides a timely and entertaining summary of the subject."--Economist on The Code Book"An excellent account of one of the most dramatic and moving events of the century."--New York Times on Fermat's EnigmaIt s hard to imagine a grander, more thrilling story fast-paced hugely entertaining Big Bang is, quite literally, cosmic. --New York Times"Inimitable. . . . There s no better account of the big bang theory. --Publishers Weekly (starred review)"A clear, lively, and comprehensive view of the way science arrived at the leading theory of how everything began. ---Kirkus Reviews (starred review)"This book is a blast...who knew that the Big Bang could be so much fun? --James Gleick, bestselling author of CHAOS and FASTER"Singh is one of the best science journalists writing today...Impressive. --London Times (Sunday)"An expert but friendly guide to help you decode the mysteries [of the universe] with crisp, clear running commentary. --Sylvia Nasar, author of A Beautiful Mind"Singh s unerring eye for picturesque anecdotes and his capacity for simplifying complex scientific ideas is a winning formula. --Saturday Daily Telegraph (London)"(Singh) is a gifted expositor, ready to venture to places other science popularisers don t even try to reach. --The Mail (on Sunday)"Highly readable Singh brings the colourful protagonists in his story to life. --New Scientist"Singh spins tales of cryptic intrigue in every chapter. --Wall Street Journal on The Code Book"Entertaining and satisfying. . . . Offers a fascinating glimpse into the mostly secret competition between codemakers and codebreakers. --USA Today on The Code Book"Enthralling...commendably lucid...[Singh s] book provides a timely and entertaining summary of the subject. --Economist on The Code Book"Brings together...the geniuses who have secured communications, saved lives, and influenced the fate of nations. A pleasure to read. --Chicago Tribune on The Code Book"An absorbing tale of codemaking and codebreaking over the centuries. --Scientific American on The Code Book"The history of mathematics comes alive even for those who dread balancing their checkbooks. --Publishers Weekly on Fermat's Enigma"An excellent account of one of the most dramatic and moving events of the century. --New York Times on Fermat's Enigma"Fascinating Simon Singh loves storytelling and has a knack for digging up underappreciated characters. --New York Newsday"Singh is a gifted writer a good storyteller and [he] knows how to describe and explain complex and esoteric subjects. --San Diego Union-Tribune"

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  • PDF | 532 pages
  • Simon Singh(Author)
  • Fourth Estate; New Ed edition (1 April 2005)
  • English
  • 7
  • Science & Nature
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  • By IhateTV on 30 August 2017

    In the footsteps of Carl Sagan, Charles Bronowski and Stephen Hawking, this is a modern counterpart.Written in a clear voice. Tongue in cheek, comical in some parts and comprehensief.The best book I read this year

  • By redgate on 8 March 2017

    Everything you want to know, easily explained without making you feel like you are reading a dummy's guide.

  • By Shel on 24 January 2016

    Very good

  • By Anna Abrahamyan on 1 June 2007

    Simon Singh has put together one of the best books of the popular science genre. Tired of all the maternity literature, I bought the "Big Bang" in a desperate urge only the 8th month of pregnancy can ignite. And a wonderful read it was. He has the most complex formulas explained through a smooth narrative of historical development of the Big Bang theory. It is a most compelling evidence of a beautiful marriage the natural and humanitarian sciences may have if put together this masterfully. The best thing about it is that I now can fearlessly answer to my curious little ones' questions on where we come from and why.

  • By J. Otto on 1 April 2006

    Particle physicist, Simon Singh, carries you on an interlectual journey through the creation and evolution of the universe. This is a powerful and insightful book into understanding science, and gives an elegant interpretation of the Big Bang theory - the explosive birth of the cosmos. Don't be fearful if your grasp of physics and mathematics is less than you would wish. The author's explanations are in simple to understand logic. Singh also gives the reader an engaging insight into the lives of scientists through the ages, and how the thinkining and religeous beliefs of the day, in many cases, was the enemy of enlightenment. Some of these great thinkers were ahead of their time and tragically became martyrs, others heroes in their own lifetime. Singh's book tells how science and the Big Bang theory have revolutionized our understanding of the cosmos. It will stretch your mind and your imagination. A must for every home library.

  • By Mrs J Lawson on 4 January 2005

    This is one of the most enjoyable popular science books I've read. Not only is it about the big bang theory itself, it also serves as a very informative account of cosmology through the ages, from the ingeneous methods of discovery of the distances to the sun, moon and stars to the famous contributions to science made by Copernicus, Gallileo, Rutherford etc. Even though I was already familiar with much of the science in this book, the relaxed, easy to read and often very amusing nature of the text made every single page enjoyable. We are almost always given an insight into the personalities of the men and women behind the discoveries, and Singh takes great care to show us the spirit and excitement of scientfic discovery.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.

  • By Guest on 30 October 2016

    I just don't believe it and i'm not even religious..... i have a theory.......

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