Exploring the Universe

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Forget Dr Johnson and London - if you are tired of the universe, you are tired of life. What could be more exciting than the nature of everything? What better adventure than exploring our cosmic environment? This approachable guide brings alive humanity's attempts to explain the existence of everything and explores the latest and best theories on how the universe came into being.

Along the way we will meet black holes and dark matter, supernovae and quasars. The universe is populated with a strange cast of characters that this richly illustrated book brings alive. From the basic understanding of the nature of a star, or of how a planet like the Earth was formed, the remarkable story of cosmology unfolds through to the truly ultimate question of how the universe will end.

With approachable text and stunning images, assuming no previous knowledge, the reader is taken beyond the certainties to explore the strange concepts that fill modern cosmology. Is the universe a hologram? Is everything we know part of a membrane floating in multidimensional space? Could we be living in a computer simulation? It sounds like science fiction, but these are among the ideas cosmologists seriously propose for the nature of reality.


Cosmology is about looking at the universe as a unified whole. It’s a pretty big subject and this is a great introduction to it... Clegg examines the origin of the universe and offers a clear explanation of the big bang theory. The pictures are amazing... If this book doesn’t make you want to rush out and buy a telescope, well then, you must already have one. Superb science book covering life, the universe and a whole lot more. ***** Flipside Magazine (Thomas Murphy)

A book that contains a description of the Big Bang that’s about the best I’ve ever come across, and reads like a friendly professor enthusiastically explaining the wonders of the universe in your bedroom. Yano.co.uk

This is a beautifully illustrated book covering basic understanding of the nature of stars and how planets are formed through to such concepts as theories of how the universe came into being... Throughout the book wonderful illustrations aid the reader... Discussion about the enormous strides in equipment and telescopes in modern astronomy are fascinating... It goes on to extend our knowledge to more complex matters in the final chapters and this, along with the beautifully clear illustrations, makes it a good read. The Astronomer (Guy M. Hurst)

There are few subjects better suited to a picture book than the universe, and the latest title from www.popularscience.co.uk's prolific editor proves this admirably... The pictures are great, and I was unusually comfortable with the format. All too often picture books are so big that they aren't practical to sit and read, they are only suited to thumbing through on the proverbial coffee table. This one is big enough for the colour pictures to have impact, but compact enough to be readable. That readability is necessary because unlike many picture books with their short, unconnected mini-articles, this book has a continual flow of text that picks up on Clegg's experience as a popular science writer... makes a great taster whether you are a younger reader coming to the area for the first time or an adult who wants a more pictorial overview. **** www.popularscience.co.uk (Jo Reed)