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The Universe in Bite-sized Chunks

Extent: 240pages

Size: 198x129mm

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Price: £9.99

ISBN: 9781782438649

Categories: Science - History - Philosophy

Publication Date: 22/03/2018

Price: £5.99

ISBN: 9781782438663

Categories: Science - History - Philosophy

About the Book

Since the earliest humans walked the earth, the vast mysteries and wonders of the night sky have fascinated and beguiled us, as we’ve struggled to understand our place in the cosmos.

Even after the last century, which saw important and startling discoveries about our own planet, our solar system and the stars and galaxies beyond, there remain more questions than answers. But those questions – What is dark matter? Are we alone in the universe? Is time travel possible? – provide a fascinating insight into the vastness and infinite possibilities of space that we’re yet to determine.

The sheer scale of the universe can be intimidating, but in this easily digestible book we embark on an incredible journey through all the essential astronomical discoveries, from the beliefs of ancient civilizations, through to the recent groundbreaking observations of the gravitational waves predicted by Einstein over 100 years ago. There’s never been a better time to get to grips with the universe and this essential guide to the cosmos is the perfect place to start!

About the Author

Colin Stuart is an astronomy journalist and author. He has written for the Guardian, European Space Agency and New Scientist, and is a Fellow of the Royal Astronomical Society. He has also recently had an asteroid named after him. He is the author of 13 Journeys Through Space and Time: Christmas Lectures From the Royal Institution and The Universe in Bite-sized Chunks, both published by Michael O’Mara Books.


  • 'If you're new to the subject... or are trying to spark the astronomy bug in someone else, then this volume is an excellent place to begin your adventure', BBC Sky at Night Magazine
  • 'This book is a goldmine for anyone seeking to understand the present state of astronomical science, cosmology and how we arrived here from the earliest wonderings of our ancestors about the things they saw in the sky', Astronomy Now