1: Introduction 2: Perspectives 3: Principles 4: Our neighbourhood 5: The universe of galaxies 6: The invisible cosmos 7: Supermassive black holes and the birth of galaxies 8: Clusters and clustering 9: Space is nearly flat 10: Dark energy and the runaway universe 11: The panacea of cold dark matter 12: Origins 13: The seeds of structure 14: Beyond the beginning 15: Towards the infinite universe 16: From time to time machines 17: A brief moment in time 18: Into the infinite future 19: And so to God 20: Where next? Index
Joseph Silk is Savilian Professor of Astronomy at the University of Oxford. He has published a number of books on cosmology for the general reader, including The Big Bang (W. H. Freeman), The Left Hand of Creation (with J. D. Barrow, published by Oxford University Press), and On the Shores of the Unknown (Cambridge University Press).
`Review from previous edition This book packs so much into a decidedly finite space. Silk covers everything you might hope to find in a book by one of the world's leading cosmologists, and much more besides... Accessible and informative.' Peter Coles, Nature `This is an outstanding work, suited to readers of all ages and all backgrounds, and is recommended without the slightest hesitation.' Patrick Moore, THES