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"The Universe: A Biography" makes cosmology accessible to everyone. John Gribbin navigates the latest frontiers of scientific discovery to tell us what we really know about the history of the universe. Along the way, he describes how the universe began; what the early universe looked like; how its structure developed; and what emerged to hold it all together. He describes ...more
Hardcover, 256 pages
Published by Allen Lane (first published January 25th 2007)
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Shaimaa Ali
أعتقد اننى آخر من يستطيع التعليق او كتابة ريفيو عن هذا الكتاب الرائع !! لماذا؟
لأنه مضى وقت طويل جداً منذ أن قرأت فى الفيزياء وبالتالى أشعر شعور ديناصور صغير تم استنساخه ليجد الأرض بعد العصر الجليدى .. وأيضاً لقراءة هذا الكتاب مترجماً بينما كانت دراستى باللغة الانجليزية مما صعّب علىّ قراءة الكثير من المصطلحات ( حتى بعد اكتشاف جزء المصطلحات فى آخر الكتاب)
لى قراءة ثانية له اذن لأننى شعرت بالجهل التام أمام الكثير من الصفحات لحداثة المعلومات به ( الكتاب نُشر فى 2007) فهو حديث جداً بينما انا معلوماتى
Bryan Higgs
I like John Gribbin's books a lot, and own quite a few of them. This is no exception; it reads well, and contains some of the clearest explanations of many items I've encountered elsewhere, plus several that I haven't. Many are quite mind-blowing!

I only have two quibbles with this book (and others of the author's):

1) There are absolutely no diagrams/pictures/illustrations/photos, which is strange, because many (most?) of these topics could be more clearly visualized than read. Even if you're not
Having just attended a series of six lectures (in one day) by astronomers at the forefront of research, a trip to the library landed me with this. I loved his book Stardust, it is just about the right level for my understanding. Science writing at its finest, I think. The present volume is more about cosmology I suspect as it goes into the limits of knowledge and explores not so much possible 'facts' outside our frames of reference but the limitations of our current frames of reference in terms ...more
Nehal Elekhtyar

لكى تقرأ فى الفيزياء لابد ان تحبها حتى تعيش فى خيالها ... وحين تحب ان تقرأعن الكون وحركته لابد ان تتقن
الفيزياء حتى يتسنى لك فهم مايدور فيه وحتى تتقبل اختلاف اراء العلماء فى كل شيء ولا تجد نفسك تائهاً بين هذا وذاك .... بالنسبة لى ان غير متخصصة فى الفيزياء ولكنى اهوى القراءة فيها وخاصة عندما ترتبط بوصف حركة الكون بالاسلوب الشيق لــ جريبين ...
هذا الكتاب اضاف الى معلوماتى المحدودة الاتى

اللون شحنة مثل الكهرباء تماماً ...والان فهمت ... ان هناك من يحب الالوان المنسقة الهادئة وأخر يحب الالوان الفظة ا
Koen Crolla
This book has been written dozens of times before, by nearly as many authors, and Gribbin adds little besides recency and brevity.
If you're the type of person who reads a lot of popular science, you can safely skip it, but if you're only going to read one popular science book on physics, you could do worse than to read this one. The bits on physics are solid and accessible, and while the bits on the origin of life weren't quite as good as I'd have liked them to be (Gribbin is, after all, a physi
An absolutely amazing book, from the models for the birth of the Universe, through the formation of baryonic matter & atoms & molecules, through the chemical birth of organic life, the formation of stars & galaxies & our solar system, right to the models for the end of the Universe -- will make you believe that you have a grasp on the mind-boggling worlds of the sub-atom and the cosmic playgrounds of the Universe. Extremely recommended.
Enjoyed the later chapters of the book which deal with abiogenesis but as ever, the chapters on sub-atomic processes, leptons, fermions, baryons etc were hard going....long-winded. You get the feeling that you will never get to grips with the subject without postgraduate level mathematics under your belt. And I always have problems with how we can "know" what happened billions of years ago....
John Gribbin has taken the complicated story of the development of the universe and attempted to simplify it for non-specialists. I think he is largely successful, but it's a dense book and wasn't a quick read for me. It's not necessarily a bad thing that you have to concentrate hard and read slowly to take in what Gribbin is explaining, but don't expect to read it in the 3-weeks the library gives you when you check it out. I renewed the book several times before I finally finished it. Even so, ...more
Hussain Ali
الترجمة نوعا ما جيدة إلا أنها حرفية زيادة عن اللازم.. الكتاب ممتع للمهتم فقط.. وغير مناسب حسب رأيي لمن لا يملك خلفية لا بأس بها بفيزياء الجسميات وعلم الفلك.. الكتاب دسم جدا وهضمه يحتاج لمجهود كبير.. فيه أفكار كثيرة مثيرة وتستدعي البحث والتأمل إلا أنه مليء بالتفاصيل التي لا تتيح لك المجال للتأمل ولإعطاء المعلومات حقها ومستحقها.. للمهتم بالمواضيع المشابهة أنصحك وبشدة الكاتب له آراء تستحق الدراسة والمناقشة.. أما إن كنت تريد مدخل لموضوع مشابه فهذا الكتاب ليس بالخيار الصائب..
Khalid Almoghrabi
كتاب جيد لمعرفة كيف بدأ الكون لكن الكم الفيزيائي الموجود فيه يجعله صعب القراءة للأسف على أمثالي
David Williamson
For the non-scientist, I thought this book was pitched pretty well. The book is quite tough to read but only because the subject matter is rather complex.
I felt like I was being talked to as an intelligent being, no pandering to the difficult concepts, but very clear language, and detailed (as possible) view of the Universe.
I will probable look out for more books by this author in regards to reading science.
This book gives a great overview of how we came to be. Covering the beginning of the Universe, formation of particles, formation of galaxies, the Sun, the planets and finally life, it has a massive scope that I think has been covered well. It would have been nice if it had been a bit longer and therefore more detailed. However it did present a wealth of information in a readable style.
As someone who knew absolutely nothing about physics i found this book absolutely fascinating! Some parts of it did go over my hear, but in general i sound it a well-written and accessible introduction to a subject area that i was curious about. The only drawback is that i am sure that there have been many further discoveries in that field since the book was published in 2007.
Yusuf Zayed
I really feel like reading it again and again but I really don't wanna waste another 3 months reading, enjoying this one, while I can start searching for Schrodinger's cat with mr. Gribbin!
simply the greatest one i've read about Cosmic so far!
Liam Terblanche

Quite complex reading, with a lot of emphasis on molecular physics. Not your average bed-time story. Juxtaposed with 'The Science of Leonardo', the other book I'm currently reading, I'm sure I'll be needing a "Mills & Boons" after this :-)
Al Mizzi
Jul 14, 2014 Al Mizzi is currently reading it  ·  review of another edition
Supposed to be for the layman. In Gribbins' 'Universe' layman means: 'Has received at least one nobel prize for Physics, preferably two' I thought this was a little dry for the casual science fan.
معلومات عن الكون بدايته والنهاية المتوقعة.
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John R. Gribbin (born 1946) is a British science writer, an astrophysicist, and a visiting fellow in astronomy at the University of Sussex. The topical range of his prolific writings include quantum physics, biographies of famous scientists, human evolution, the origins of the universe, climate change and global warming. His also writes science fiction.

John Gribbin graduated with his bachelor's de
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