Death is an essential element in the progress of science, since it takes care of conservative scientists of a previous generation reluctant to let go of an old, fallacious theory and embrace a new and accurate one.As harsh as this statement seems, even Einstein defended an outmoded idea about the universe when an unknown interloper published equations challenging the great man. Einstein didn't have to die for cosmology to move forward (he reluctantly apologized for being wrong), but stories like this one show how difficult it can sometimes be for new theories to take root. Fred Hoyle, who coined the term "big bang" as a way to ridicule the idea of a universe expanding from some tiny origin point, strongly believed that the cosmos was in a steady state. But Singh shows how Hoyle's research, meant to prove the contrary, added evidence to the expansion model. Big Bang is also a history of astronomical observation, describing the development of new telescopes that were crucial to the development of cosmology. Handwritten summary notes at the end of each long chapter add a charming, classroom feel to this revealing and very readable book. --Therese Littleton --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.
Awesome read! I loved how this book takes the big bang, piece by piece, and explains it little by little. No rush in the matter, just very slowly. Read morePublished 9 days ago by Mico
Simon Sigh is a great writer. A book on this subject could have been boring. However, I could hardly put it down. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Stephen Gill
Unfortunately, there was a handwritten note covering the front fly leaf that ruined the value of the book for me. That may have been stated in the listing. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Mary Kay
Simon Singh’s Big Bang  is a clear and useful introductory explanation of the scientific quest for discovering and understanding the organization, size, and origin of the... Read morePublished 4 months ago by Sam Adams
I saw his lecture on C-SPAN and sought out the book to read at my leisure given that I haven't found a video of the C-SPAN lecture. Read morePublished 4 months ago by RayBlahBlah
I had a basic idea behind the big bang theory, but wanted a more thorough explanation. This book provides a fantastic beginning to modern era history of astronomy and cosmology... Read morePublished 6 months ago by Justin W.