Before the Beginning: Our Universe and Others

Before the Beginning: Our Universe and Others

by Martin Rees (Author)


A beautifully written and genuinely accessible account of our universe and its place in the grand scheme of things, by the Astronomer Royal. The experimental and theoretical successes of cosmology in recent years offer the most dramatic enlargement of our concept of the universe since astronomers first realised the Sun's true place among the stars. In this groundbreaking, thought-provoking and accessible book Professor Sir Martin Rees argues that our universe is just one element in an infinite ensemble, a cosmic archipelago where impassable barriers prohibit communication between the islands. Our 'home universe' is an exceptional member of this ensemble, however, not least because it contains creatures able to observe it and contemplate its nature, past and future. One of these is Rees himself: one of the most creative and original of contemporary scientists, and a wonderful guide to the mysteries of the cosmos.


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Format: Paperback
Pages: 288
Edition: New edition
Publisher: Free Press
Published: 02 Sep 2002

ISBN 10: 074323099X
ISBN 13: 9780743230995

Media Reviews
'The real stuff of astronomy -- written by the best authority' --Stephen Hawking 'Mind-stretching... Equipped with little more than an inquiring mind, the reader can accompany this expert guide across the length and breadth of our universe, backwards and forwards in time, to find out just what cosmologists nowadays do and don't know' SUNDAY TIMES 'Masterly... I cannot think of a more civilised and stimulating way to escape from the mundane concerns of everyday life than to read BEFORE THE BEGINNING' FINANCIAL TIMES 'Fascinating... A highly accessible book... Sir Martin Rees does much to persuade us that the cosmos might well be even more spectacular than we could have imagined' SUNDAY TELEGRAPH 'If you haven't read a single cosmology book, this is a good place to start' NEW SCIENTIST 'This is the book for those who read A BRIEF HISTORY OF TIME and were still left wondering whether they quite had the whole picture' GUARDIAN
Author Bio
Professor Sir Martin Rees is currently a Royal Society Research Professor and Astronomer Royal. Though based at Cambridge University, he travels extensively and collaborates with many colleagues in the USA and elsewhere.