The Big Bang, 3rd edition

by Joseph Silk
New York: Times Books, 2000. 512 pages.

The publisher writes, "Our universe was born billions of years ago in a hot, violent explosion of elementary particles and radiation — the big bang. What do we know about this ultimate moment of creation, and how do we know it? Drawing upon the latest theories and technology, the new edition of The Big Bang is a sweeping, lucid account of the event that set the universe in motion. Award-winning astronomer and physicist Joseph Silk begins his story with the first microseconds of the big bang, on through the evolution of stars, galaxies, clusters of galaxies, quasars, and into the distant future of our universe." Silk is the Head of Astrophysics and Savilian Professor of Astronomy in the Department of Physics at Oxford University.