"Silk is an expert in the field and describes both the triumphs and the controversies of modern astrophysical research with clarity and eloquence. Strongly recommended." Choice
"Cosmologist Joseph Silk sums up the evidence and shows how physicists are able to leap from the infinitesimal to the vast in A Short History of the Universe." Chicago Tribune
"...a worthy preface to the momentous discoveries undoubtedly coming in the next decade." Astronomy
"Of the many books currently available on cosmology, this is the one I would choose to hook the neophyte or delight the aficionado." Boston Book Review
"A useful introduction." Choice
In this fascinating book, astronomer Joseph Silk explores the Universe from its beginnings to its ultimate fate. He shows how cosmologists study cosmic fossils and relics from the distant part to construct theories of the birth, evolution and future of the Universe. Stars, galaxies, dark matter and dark energy are described, as successive chapters detail the evolution of the Universe from a fraction of a microsecond after the Big Bang. This highly readable account will appeal to all those with an interest in the story of the Universe.