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.
Do not be intimidated by the fact this book deals with the science of physics and mathematics. Singh is not only a prolific writer, he has an ability to explain complex topics in... Read morePublished 2 days ago by Carlton Haggard
This book is so well written. It reads like a story. I have a pretty strong science background, and what is cool about this book is that it takes all of the math and science you... Read morePublished 26 days ago by T. Semple
Very well written and a compelling take on subjects that may be over the head of the general populace would it not be for the style that Singh writes with.Published 5 months ago by Victor Kogan
This is an excellent book for the layman to gain some understanding of the long history of scientific investigations leading to the "Bib Bang' theory.Published 5 months ago by Burton Boyd
The author has done a GREAT job of explaining how the Big Bang theory was developed. I enjoyed learning how the diameter of the earth, distance to the moon, etc was figured out... Read morePublished 6 months ago by George
This is one of the most concise histories of astronomy I have ever read. The build up from the ancient Greeks through quantum mechanics and its interplay with the Big Bang Theory... Read morePublished 6 months ago by Christopher Weiss
It is excellent, although I must say I was a bit disappointed because it really focuses on the whole picture of science; instead of just explaining the theories, the history of how... Read morePublished 6 months ago by Aidan Gibson