Big Bang

By Simon Singh

The bestselling author of ‘Fermat’s Last Theorem’ and ‘The Code Book’ tells the story of the brilliant minds that deciphered the mysteries of the Big Bang.

Albert Einstein once said: ‘The most incomprehensible thing about the universe is that it is comprehensible.’ Simon Singh believes geniuses like Einstein are not the only people able to grasp the physics that govern the universe. We all can.

As well as explaining what the Big Bang theory actually is, the book will address why cosmologists believe that it is an accurate description of the origin of the universe. It will also tell the story of the scientists who fought against the establishment idea of an eternal and unchanging universe. Simon Singh, renowned for making difficult ideas much less difficult than they first seem, is the perfect guide for this journey.

Everybody has heard of the Big Bang Theory. But how many of us can actually claim to understand it? With characteristic clarity and a narrative peppered with anecdotes and personal histories of those who have struggled to understand creation, Simon Singh has written the story of the most important theory ever.

Format: Hardback
Release Date: 04 Oct 2004
Pages: 544
ISBN: 978-0-00-715251-3
Simon Singh is a science journalist and TV producer. Having completed his PhD at Cambridge he worked from 1991 to 1997 at the BBC producing Tomorrow’s World and co-directing the BAFTA award-winning documentary Fermat’s Last Theorem for the Horizon series. In 1997, he published Fermat’s Last Theorem, which was a no 1 best-seller in Britain and translated into 22 languages. In 1999, he published The Code Book which was also an international bestseller and was the basis for the Channel 4 series The Science of Secrecy.

Praise for ‘Fermat’s Last Theorem’: -

”'To read ['Fermat’s Last Theorem’] is to realise that there is a world of beauty and intellectural challenge that is denied to 99.9 per cent of us who are not high-level mathematicians.” - The Times

”'This is probably the best popular account of a scientific topic I have ever read.” - Irish Times

”'Reads like the chronicle of an obsessive love affair. It has the classic ingredients that Hollywood would recognise.” - Daily Mail

Praise for ‘The Code Book’: -

”'Singh’s account combines readability with a more meaty level of technical analysis than any other I have seen. His powers of explanation are as dazzling as ever.” - Guardian

”'A great book.” - Observer

”'Singh as the knack of making the frightening world of number theory seem like child’s play, there is more than enough here to interest the mathematically squeamish.” - Daily Telegraph

”'[Singh tells] these stories with infectious relish…He alternates between explanation of how ciphers are constructed and are cracked, and tales of the skulduggery surrounding them.” - Sunday Times