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A lucid essay on the cosmos—past, present and future—accompanied by clear diagrams, computer graphics and luminous telescopic photos... conveys the excitement of scientists tackling the largest problem yet uncovered.(Wall Street Journal)
Full of lavish illustrations in beautiful colour—though not of course of dark matter and dark energy—it is a first-class overview for the non-specialist, with enough meaty detail for scientists too.(New Scientist)
For the general reader and armchair astronomer alike, Nicolson's fascinating account shows how our ideas about the nature and the content of the universe have developed.(Lunar and Planetary Information Bulletin)
Not just for college-level science collections strong in astronomy, but for the general-interest lending library catering to non-scientist readers.(Midwest Book Review)
I particularly enjoyed how Nicolson explores topics that take a back seat in the mainstream media.(Monica Bobra Sky and Telescope)
Beautifully illustrated... a valuable contribution to popular scientific literature.(Choice)
For any reader interested in science, particularly cosmology and physics, Dark Side of the Universe is highly recommended.(TheSop.org)
Iain Nicolson is a writer, lecturer, and occasional broadcaster on astronomy and space science. A Visiting Fellow of the University of Hertfordshire and a contributing consultant to Astronomy Now, he is a frequent contributor to BBC Television's The Sky at Night. His most recent books include Unfolding Our Universe and Stars and Supernovas.
And the illustrations/photographs are excellent!
The book is well organized and comprehensive, and Nicolson writes clearly and concisely for the literate general reader, often throwing in helpful analogies.
I HIGHLY recommend this book before or during any course in cosmology, dark matter or dark energy.
This book is very descriptive -- no mathematical development -- the discussion is for the novice who is looking for an overview.Published 7 months ago by Terry
It helped me understand a subject I am fasinated with and showed me how little I know about it. I would have liked to have had more direct sources or referrals to learn much more... Read morePublished 9 months ago by Robert W. McBride
Iain Nicolson did a truly fantastic job of authoring a pop cosmology book that presents the most relevant evidence for the standard model and our current thinking regarding dark... Read morePublished 17 months ago by Justin M
How did our universe come into existence? What is this dark matter that appears to be so abundant in it? Why is the universe expanding? Read morePublished 23 months ago by Ralf M. Leonhardt
The origin and evolution of the universe has been the subject of many a publication since Stephen Hawking's "A Brief History of Time" became a bestseller. Read morePublished on July 21, 2011 by Ernest Dempsey
This book patiently explains many of the important scientific concepts in clear, plain English with excellent examples. It does so with perhaps a little too much certainty. Read morePublished on September 26, 2010 by Robert L. Bartz
This is a very good book on presenting in a simplistic and graphic manner the current thinking,logic and history behind the theory of the composition of the universe. Read morePublished on August 23, 2010 by Andrew Ketner
I purchased this as a gift for Christmas and he was so surprised! He loved it and has been reading it every night since then. Read morePublished on January 17, 2010 by Jaimie Yerina
I have only just started reading this book; however, having flicked through it, I am very impressed. It is beautifully illustrated and well written. Read morePublished on August 30, 2009 by PhoebeCat