Origins: Fourteen Billion Years of Cosmic Evolution

by Neil deGrasse Tyson and Donald Goldsmith
New York: W. W. Norton, 2005. 352 pages.

The companion volume to the NOVA special, Origins astonishingly compresses the fourteen-billion-year history of the universe, from the Big Bang to the search for extraterrestrial intelligence, in 288 fascinating pages. Michio Kaku describes it as "a remarkable text which is bound to set the gold standard for cosmology book for years to come. Clear, lucid, and up-to-date, this delightful book takes us on a grand tour of the mysteries of the universe." NCSE Supporter Neil deGrasse Tyson is the director of the Hayden Planetarium at the American Museum of Natural History and author of The Pluto Files (New York: WW Norton, 2009).