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 ... read more
In the beginning: From mythology to cosmology, from prehistory to 1900
Theories of the universe: How Einstein's theory of gravity hinted at a moment of creation
Great debate: How observations of the universe implied a cosmic expansion
Mavericks of the cosmos: How theory and observation came together to form the big bang model
Paradigm shift: Battle between rival cosmological theories is finally resolved
Epilogue: What are the outstanding questions for the big bang model?
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