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

ISBN-10: 0393343863
ISBN-13: 9780393343861
Edition: N/A
Authors: Chris Impey
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Description: 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  More...

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List price: $16.95
Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company, Incorporated
Publication date: 1/14/2013
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 448
Size: 5.50" wide x 8.25" long x 1.25" tall
Weight: 0.770
Language: English

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 only 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.

Chris Impey is an award-winningUniversity Distinguished Professor at theUniversity of Arizona. In addition to hiscritically acclaimed books How It Beginsand How It Ends, he has written twoastronomy textbooks. He lives in Tucson,Arizona.

Preface
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Separated At Birth
Planetary Zoo
Distant Worlds
Stellar Nursery
The Edge Of Darkness
Remote
Island Universe
Cosmic Architecture
Nuclear Power
The Growth Of Galaxies
Light And Life
Alien
Big Bang
White Heat
Something Rather Than Nothing
Unification And Inflation
Multiverse
Notes
Illustration Credits
Index

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