Universe in a Nutshell by Stephen Hawking
Stephen Hawking, author of the bestselling A
Brief History of Time, has a new betselling book about the Universe
and the mysteries of spacetime. This book is much easier to understand
than his previous one, with many charts and illustrations. This is a
great addition to anyone's home library, anyone who wants to know where
the state of the art stands in the science and theory of the cosmos
on a scale of all eternity.
Whole Shebang: A State-Of-The-Universe(s) Report by Timothy
Plenty of books try to explain the origin of the universe, but despite
the ascendance of the Big Bang theory, numerous details of that theory
remain in flux as new observations are made and new hypotheses formed
(and then confirmed or rejected). Timothy Ferris's The Whole Shebang
is an up-to-date account of the various mechanisms believed to have
contributed to the universe as we now know it, from the Big Bang itself
to inflation to superstrings.
The Little Book of the Big Bang: A Cosmic Primer by Martin J.
This is an intelligent little book that gets to the point quickly, by
Cambridge professor Rees.
The Life of the Cosmos by Lee Smolin
Penn State physics prof Smolin theorizes that Darwinian natural selection
operates at the astrophysical scale, that the Universe evolves in the
same way life evolves.
Hawking's Universe: The Cosmos Explained by David Filkin,
Now, in everyday language, Stephen Hawking's Universe reveals step-by-step
how we can all share his understanding of the cosmos, and our own place
within it. Stephen Hawking's Universe is a voyage of discovery with
an astonishing set of conclusions that will enable us to understand
how matter can be produced from nothing at all and will provide us with
an explanation for the basis of our existence and that of everything
Blind Watchers of the Sky: The People and Ideas That
Shaped Our View of the Universe by Rocky Kolb
Theoretical astrophysicist Kolb presents a popular history of astronomy
and scientific cosmology from Tycho Brahe to the second half of the
20th century. In a style touched with humor, Kolb offers a good balance
between science and biographical sketches.
the Universe: Our Historic Quest to Chart
the Horizons of Space and Time by Kitty Ferguson
This is an eloquent and fascinating narrative on the men and women-from
Aristarchus to Cassini, Sir Isaac Newton to Henrieta Leavitt and Stephen
Hawking-who have unlocked the mysteries of "how far" and in so doing
have changed our ideas about the size and nature of the universe and
our place in it. In Ferguson's hands, the unimaginable becomes accessible
and the remarkable quest something we can all share.
The Cartoon History of the Universe/Volumes
1-7 by Larry Gonick
An entertaining and informative illustrated guide that makes world history
accessible, appealing, and funny, this book covers the time period from
the Big Bang to Alexander the Great.
The Inflationary Universe: The Quest for a New Theory
of Cosmic Origins by Alan H. Guth, Alan P. Lightman
What happened before the Big Bang? Guth and Lightman call it Inflation:
immensely rapid expansion in the first fraction of a millisecond, fueled
by quantum vacuum energy. In this book the authors make the case for
an inflationary phase of our Universe.
First Three Minutes: A Modern View of the Origin
of the Universe by Steven Weinberg
The physics of the Big Bang without the math, written by Texas Nobel
Laureate Weinberg. Another small book that tells a compelling story,
it was written in 1977, making it a classic in its genre. This edition
has been updated for the nineties.
Before the Beginning: Our Universe and Others by Martin J. Rees
This book by Martin Rees is mainly about the Big Bang, not what happened
before it. He also examines the anthropic principle, which posits that
the values of physical constants measured in Nature adjusted dynamically
so that intelligent life could evolve in the Universe.
Bang: The story of the Universe by
Heather Couper, Nigel Henbest (Contributor), Luciano Corbella (Illustrator)
Cosmology for the Young Adult age group. Lots of colorful paintings
ease the introduction to this powerful topic for younger readers without
much math or physics experience.
The Dancing Universe: From Creation Myths to the Big
Bang by Marcelo Gleiser
Dartmouth physics professor Gleiser seeks the connection between science
and religion throughout ancient and modern history, showing many famous
icons of scientific rationalism were spiritually driven people with
very passionate views that found expression in their work.