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

Author(s): Chris Impey


Because it takes time for light to reach us, we see more and more distant regions of the universe as they looked in the successively greater past. Chris Impey uses this concept of "look-back time" to take an intergalactic tour from current-day Earth to the first fractions of a second after the Big Bang. Pausing at landmarks such as the oldest star and the first ray of light, he provides stunning descriptions but also illustrates the latest theories of the origin of everything. Along the way he introduces readers to researchers tackling such mysteries as cosmic inflation and the possibility of parallel universes. Enlivened by vivid descriptions and lucid explanations, How It Began offers a breathtaking tour from the familiar sights of the night sky to the most remote frontiers of the enigmatic early universe.

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Here is a universe wrapped in a dream of spacefaring for everyone to share. Author Chris Impey combines the vision of a practicing scientist with the voice of a gifted storyteller. He has crafted some of the finest metaphors imaginable for capturing astronomy s most grandiose concepts. How It Began glitters with a sprinkle of Moon dust. --Dava Sobel, author of "A More Perfect Heaven: How Copernicus Revolutionized the Cosmos"

Chris Impey is a University Distinguished Professor in the Astronomy Department at the University of Arizona in Tucson. He is the author of the "endlessly inspiring" (New Scientist), "wonderful" (The Times Higher Education), How It Ends (ISBN 978 0 393 33998 7).

General Fields

  • : 9780393343861
  • : W. W. Norton & Company, Incorporated
  • : WW Norton & Co
  • : 0.347
  • : January 2013
  • : 211mm X 140mm
  • : United States
  • : March 2013
  • : books

Special Fields

  • : Chris Impey
  • : Paperback
  • : English
  • : 523.1
  • : 448