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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on March 23, 1999
Format: Paperback
This book is very well written as far as scientific material is concerned. Having a very funadmantal understanding of such concepts as the Big Bang would prove to be helpful while reading, but not once was I utterly confused. The book is jam-packed with useful info and data. Kudos to Richard Morris for a fine book.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on October 24, 2004
Format: Hardcover
This book is a must in every amateur astronomer's bookshelf. Freshmen following a first course in cosmology may also find this book useful as a first intuitive approach to the field. The author is extremely clear in his explanations and he reminds me the writing style of French Canadian Hubert Reeves, one of the most famous cosmology writers for the general public.
Structuring the book with "questions" is an extremely useful approach for those trying to demystify space and time.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on December 27, 2012
Format: Paperback
This is another "feel good" book that merely recounts the current state of political correctness in cosmology. For the novice, it gives answers to what the current establishment sanctions as the leading theory of how the universe came into existence. If you are looking to acquaint yourself with a superficial account of the Big Bang, this is one book among many that does the job. If however, you are looking for a book with real substance, go elsewhere. There is one thing that I find particularly distasteful, both in this book and in many others that I have read. It is the assertion that all the "good" scientists believe as the author thinks they should. Here's an example from page 7. "In the view of most, there were no good reasons to question the basic theory" (of the Big Bang). I doubt that the author has interviewed "most scientists", and so I believe it to be highly suspicious that he can make so sweeping a statement. Of course if a scientist does oppose the Big Bang theory, he will most likely find his career jeopardized. Such is the fate of those who don't play follow the leader. Halton Arp adn Fred Hoyle point out these things very well. Not recommended.
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