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The Big Bang Theory: What It Is, Where It Came From, and Why It Works

ISBN: 978-0-471-27397-4
224 pages
November 2002
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A lively, accessible look at the Big Bang theory
This compelling book describes how the Big Bang theory arose, how it has evolved, and why it is the best theory so far to explain the current state of the universe. In addition to understanding the birth of the cosmos, readers will learn how the theory stands up to challenges and what it fails to explain. Karen Fox provides clear answers to some of the hardest questions including: Why was the Big Bang theory accepted to begin with? Will the Big Bang theory last into the next century or even the next decade? Is the theory at odds with new scientific findings? One of the most well-known theories in modern science, the Big Bang is the most accurate model yet devised in humanity's tireless serach for the ultimate moment of creation. The Big Bang Theory is the first title in a planned series on the major theories of modern science.
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Acknowledgments.

Introduction.

PART I: HOW WE CAME TO BELIEVE THE BIG BANG THEORY.

1. The First Cosmologies.

2. The Birth of the Big Bang.

3. The Search for Proof.

Interlude: Popular Reactions.

PART II: HOW GOOD A THEORY IS IT?

4. Scientific Reactions.

5. Glitches.

6. Current and Future Research.

7. The Edge of the Unknown.

A Big Bang Timeline.

Notes.

Glossary.

Bibliography.

Index.
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KAREN C. FOX is the author of Chain Reaction and a regular contributor to Discovery Channel Online, ABCNews.com, and Science and Hope magazines.
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“…this is the first book in a proposed series that examines the big questions in science. If the other authors tackle their topics with such objectivity, clarity and verve, the series should be a resounding success…” (Astronomy and Space, March 2005)

"the layout of the book is first class.... A first rate book , having a permanent place in my library and I look forward to reading future work by the author..." (BBC Three Counties Radio - quote from transcript, 27 May 2002)

"…This is a book very much intended for the non-specialist and it can be recommended as a lightweight and light-hearted introduction to the field…" (The Observatory Magazine, December 2002)

"...An insight into the best theory so far to explain the universe we see today..." (Astronomy Now, January 2003)

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