The Origin of the Universe

by John D. Barrow
New York: Basic Books, 1997. 176 pages.

"How, why, and when did the universe begin? How big is it? What shape is it? What's it made of? These are questions that any curious child might as, but they are also questions that modern cosmologist have wrestled with for many decades," writes John D. Barrow in introducing his popular book on cosmology, one in the Science Masters series. Barrow is Professor of Astronomy at the University of Sussex and is the author of several popular books, of which the latest is The Infinite Book: A Short Guide to the Boundless, Timeless and Endless (New York: Pantheon, 2005).