“Paul Murdin, a University of Cambridge astronomer, rounds up 65 major cosmic findings from before the invention of the telescope to the bafflements that are dark matter and dark energy in Secrets of the Universe . . . a well-organized, accessible survey of astronomy's past and present illustrated with almost 600 photographs and drawings.’”
(Austin American Statesman
“In 65 short chapters, astronomer Paul Murdin introduces us to many of the great thinkers and scientists whose insights and discoveries over the centuries helped to reshape our vision of space.”—Globe and Mail
(Globe and Mail
"[An] utterly absorbing account of the universe and how our knowledge of it has been acquired. . . . . Murdin's book beautifully illustrates the story of the astronomical quest. It should be under every Christmas tree this year, for anyone of any age and any stage of scientific literacy or illiteracy--and if the latter, it will soon and magnificently change it to the wonder in which all enquiry begins."
(Barnes and Noble Review
“If your interest in astronomy has been flagging, this is the book to reignite your sense of wonder. . . This is a marvelous overview of astronomy, from its colorful history to today's hottest topics. . . . This is a storyteller’s history of astronomy, constructed like a collection of short stories that invites readers to delve in at any point. Murdin approaches each subject with passion, insight, and explanations that make the most complex topics—relativity, gravitation, cosmology—not just accessible, but completely absorbing.”
"This well-written and illustrated book should be considered a reference shelf staple in one's professional library or classroom."
(Steve Canipe NSTA
About the Author
Paul Murdin is a senior fellow at the Institute of Astronomy at the University of Cambridge and editor in chief of the Encyclopedia of Astronomy and Astrophysics. Formerly, he was head of astronomy at the Particle Physics and Astronomy Research Council and director of science at the British National Space Centre. He is the author of Full Meridian of Glory: Perilous Adventures in the Competition to Measure the Earth and coauthor of The Firefly Encyclopedia of Astronomy.