Big Bang: The Origin of the Universe (Paperback)

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A half century ago, a shocking Washington Post headline claimed that the world began in five cataclysmic minutes rather than having existed for all time; a skeptical scientist dubbed the maverick theory the Big Bang. In this amazingly comprehensible history of the universe, Simon Singh decodes the mystery behind the Big Bang theory, lading us through the development of one of the most extraordinary, important, and awe-inspiring theories in science.

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“It’s hard to imagine a grander, more thrilling story…fast-paced…hugely entertaining…Big Bang is, quite literally, cosmic.”

“Inimitable. . . . There’s no better account of the big bang theory.”

“A clear, lively, and comprehensive view of the way science arrived at the leading theory of how everything began.”-

“This book is a blast...who knew that the Big Bang could be so much fun?”

“Singh is one of the best science journalists writing today...Impressive.”

“An expert but friendly guide to help you decode the mysteries [of the universe] with crisp, clear running commentary.”

“Singh’s unerring eye for picturesque anecdotes and his capacity for simplifying complex scientific ideas is a winning formula.”

“(Singh) is a gifted expositor, ready to venture to places other science popularisers don’t even try to reach.”

“Highly readable… Singh brings the colourful protagonists in his story to life.”

“Singh spins tales of cryptic intrigue in every chapter.”

“Entertaining and satisfying. . . . Offers a fascinating glimpse into the mostly secret competition between codemakers and codebreakers.”

“Enthralling...commendably lucid...[Singh’s] book provides a timely and entertaining summary of the subject.”

“Brings together...the geniuses who have secured communications, saved lives, and influenced the fate of nations. A pleasure to read.”

“An absorbing tale of codemaking and codebreaking over the centuries.”

“The history of mathematics comes alive even for those who dread balancing their checkbooks.”

“An excellent account of one of the most dramatic and moving events of the century.”

“Fascinating…Simon Singh loves storytelling and has a knack for digging up underappreciated characters.”

“Singh is a gifted writer…a good storyteller…and [he] knows how to describe and explain complex and esoteric subjects.”
Product Details
ISBN: 9780007162215
ISBN-10: 0007162219
Publisher: Harper Perennial
Publication Date: November 1st, 2005
Pages: 560
Language: English