The Universe in a Box: A New Cosmic History (Paperback)
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The Universe in a Box: A New Cosmic History (Paperback)

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Paperback 256 Pages
Published: 13/06/2024
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A vivid and eye-opening account of one of the least understood yet most important tools in contemporary science, Pontzen’s highly engaging book guides the reader through the history of cosmic simulations.

Will we ever truly understand our cosmic home? This is the story of the technologies that allow us to look up, to learn and to discover our place in the cosmos.

We are part of an incredible chain of events stretching 13.8 billion years into the past and even further into the future. But what does that future hold? And how do scientists study the entire universe?

The Universe in a Box is Andrew Pontzen's tribute to simulations - the remarkable computer codes that, over the last century, have allowed us to grasp the distant past and far future of the universe. It reveals the stories of pioneering scientists who unlocked the mysteries of the cosmos, and reframes our understanding of galaxies, black holes and space itself.

Publisher: Vintage Publishing
ISBN: 9781529922004
Number of pages: 256
Weight: 187 g
Dimensions: 197 x 129 x 17 mm


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A truly excellent exposition of a fascinating, little-understood, and very important scientific activity. I was enlightened, amazed, and profoundly impressed. I've seldom seen a book (and this is an age of really good writing about science for the general public) so clear, so vivid - Philip Pullman, author of His Dark Materials

A good writer - given the complexity of the subject, the book bounces along with an admirably light touch - The Times

An electrifying new history of the universe and how it all fits together, and of the human effort to unlock its mysteries - Hannah Fry, author of Rutherford and Fry’s Complete Guide to Absolutely Everything

Pontzen has the ability to weave hard science and dense theory into a gripping narrative... makes the complicated comprehensible - New Scientist

One thing this book does brilliantly, is keeping complex topics grounded - BBC Sky at Night Magazine

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