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  • Edition: 00
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 2012-03-17
  • Publisher: W W NORTON

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Telescopes are like time machines. Because it takes time for light to reach us, we see more and more distant regions of the universe as they looked in the successively greater past. Astronomer Chris Impey uses this concept of '¬Slook-back time'¬ to take us on an intergalactic tour from current-day Earth to the first fractions of a second after the Big Bang. Pausing at landmarks such as the oldest star and the first ray of light, Impey not only provides stunning visual descriptions but also illustrates the latest theories of the origin of everything from black holes to matter itself. Along the way he introduces us to researchers tackling such mysteries as cosmic infla-tion and the possibility of parallel universes. Enlivened by vivid descriptions and lucid explanations, How It Began offers a breathtaking tour from the familiar sights of the night sky to the most remote frontiers of the enigmatic early universe.

Table of Contents

Prefacep. ix
Separated at Birthp. 3
Planetary Zoop. 23
Distant Worldsp. 45
Stellar Nurseryp. 71
The Edge of Darknessp. 95
Island Universep. 121
Cosmic Architecturep. 143
Nuclear Powerp. 167
The Growth of Galaxiesp. 189
Light and Lifep. 215
Big Bangp. 239
White Heatp. 265
Something Rather Than Nothingp. 289
Unification and Inflationp. 311
Multiversep. 337
Notesp. 363
Illustration Creditsp. 417
Indexp. 419
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