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A History of the Universe in 100 Stars


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From the Big Bang to the Gaia Mission, this is a history of the universe through 100 stars that have almost nothing in common. Some are bright and famous, some shine so feebly that you need a huge telescope to even catch a glimpse. Some died years ago, others have not even yet come into being. Collectively they tell the story of the whole world.

Take Algol, the Demon Star, whose strange behaviour has long caused people sleepless nights. And Gamma Draconis, which showed us that the earth rotates around its own axis. Or the star sequence 61 Cygni, which revealed the size of the cosmos. And then there are the stars used to search for extra-terrestrial life, to explore space travel, or to explain the extinction of the dinosaurs.

100 short, educational and entertaining chapters reveal the past and future of the cosmos, as well as the story of the people who have tried to understand the world in which we live.

Paperback, 336 pages.
Measures 12.8 x 2.6 x 19.6 cm.