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The Beginning and the End of Everything

From the Big Bang to the End of the Universe

Extent: 288pages

Size: 234x153mm

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Price: £16.99

ISBN: 9781782439561

Categories: Science - History - Philosophy

About the Book

'Prepare to have your mind blown! A brilliantly written overview of the past, present and future of modern cosmology.' – DALLAS CAMPBELL, author of Ad Astra

The Beginning and the End of Everything
is the whole story as we currently understand it – from nothing, to the birth of our universe, to its ultimate fate. Authoritative and engaging, Paul Parsons takes us on a rollercoaster ride through billions of light years to tell the story of the Big Bang, from birth to death.

13.8 billion years ago, something incredible happened. Matter, energy, space and time all suddenly burst into existence in a cataclysmic event that’s come to be known as the Big Bang. It was the birth of our universe. What started life smaller than the tiniest subatomic particle is now unimaginably vast and plays home to trillions of galaxies. The formulation of the Big Bang theory is a story that combines some of the most far-reaching concepts in fundamental physics with equally profound observations of the cosmos.

From our realization that we are on a planet orbiting a star in one of many galaxies, to the discovery that our universe is expanding, to the groundbreaking theories of Einstein that laid the groundwork for the Big Bang cosmology of today – as each new discovery deepens our understanding of the origins of our universe, a clearer picture is forming of how it will all end. Will we ultimately burn out or fade away? Could the end simply signal a new beginning, as the universe rebounds into a fresh expanding phase? And was our Big Bang just one of many, making our cosmos only a small part of a sprawling multiverse of parallel universes?

About the Author

Dr Paul Parsons is a quantitative analyst with the British bookmaker BetVictor, where he applies statistical models, sophisticated software tools and eight years of university maths and science education to figure out who is going to win the 3 o’clock at Ascot. In a previous life he was editor of the award-winning BBC science and technology magazine Focus and managing editor of BBC Sky At Night magazine. He has been a science writer and journalist for over twenty years, contributing to New Scientist, the Guardian, Daily Telegraph, Men’s Health, National Geographic and many others, and is the author of several books including The Science of Doctor Who, Science 1001, How to Destroy the Universe: And 34 Other Really Interesting Uses of Physics, Science: In 100 Key Breakthroughs, The Rough Guide to Surviving the End of the World, The Periodic Table, 3-Minute Stephen Hawking and 50 Science Ideas You Really Need to Know. He is also a fellow of the Royal Statistical Society and a consultant to Guinness World Records.


  • 'This one is a winner... delivers the oft-told tale with engaging lucidity', Nature Magazine
  • 'Paul Parsons is a steady and highly experienced hand, who is able to introduce some of the most esoteric aspects of modern science while still leaving the reader feeling that they have a grasp of what's going on. This is a wonderful introduction to one of the most exciting and engaging aspects of science.', Popular Science
  • 'Prepare to have your mind blown! A brilliantly written overview of the past, present and future of modern cosmology.', Dallas Campbell, author of 'Ad Astra'