What Shape is Space?
Centuries ago humans began looking at the night sky. They saw a black globe that surrounded the earth with pinpoints of light shining through. The sun, moon and other planets circled the earth in a regular, perfect pattern. In their minds the Universe was small, centred around Earth and organised into perfect spheres. Over the centuries scientists like Copernicus and Galileo found flaws in those ideas. It took more than a century after Galileo's discoveries for the world to accept that the Earth wasn't the centre of the universe. As time passed, we began to learn more about space and continue to question what we know about our observable universe. Like, if the edge of the observable universe is not the edge of everything, where does it end? Or if we were to stand on the edge of our observable universe, would we see another stretching before us? And if we were to stand on that edge what would we see? This lucid and revelatory book from The Big Idea series by Thames & Hudson takes these massive questions, and presents them in short, digestible, paragraphs. Designed with "quick-recognition text hierarchy" which means that paragraphs are prioritised using different font sizes. So you can either read an overview in half an hour or if you set aside a couple of hours, you'll be able to read the entire book and get both a well-balanced overview and a detailed comprehension of individual concepts.
Who wrote it?
Giles Sparrow is the author of many successful books, including the best-selling Cosmos and Mars: A New View of the Red Planet. As a regular contributor to magazines, including All About Space and The Sky at Night, his journalism brings him into frequent contact with cosmologists grappling with the deep mysteries of our universe.
How does it come?
Paper back, 23 x 15 x 2 cm approx.
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