In this vibrant, eye-opening tour of milestones in the history of our universe, Chris Impey guides us through space and time, leading us from the familiar sights of the night sky to the dazzlingly strange aftermath of the Big Bang.What if we could look into space and see not only our place in the universe but also how we came to be here? As it happens, we can. Because it takes time for light to travel, we see more and more distant regions of the universe as they were in the successively greater past. Impey uses this concept-"look-back time"-to take us on an intergalactic tour that is simultaneously out in space and back in time. Performing a type of cosmic archaeology, Impey brilliantly describes the astronomical clues that scientists have used to solve fascinating mysteries about the origins and development of our universe.The milestones on this journey range from the nearby to the remote: We travel from the Moon, Jupiter, and the black hole at the heart of our galaxy all the way to the first star, the first ray of light, and even the strange, roiling conditions of the infant universe, an intense and volatile environment in which matter was created from pure energy. Impey gives us breathtaking visual descriptions and also explains what each landmark can reveal about the universe and its history. His lucid, wonderfully engaging scientific discussions bring us to the brink of modern cosmology and physics, illuminating such mind-bending concepts as invisible dimensions, timelessness, and multiple universes.A dynamic and unforgettable portrait of the cosmos, How It Began will reward its listeners with a deeper understanding of the universe we inhabit as well as a renewed sense of wonder at its beauty and mystery.
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""To see back in time, we simply look out in space." Chris Impey takes listeners to the moon and then heads further out, his destination being the origins of the universe: the Big Bang. David Drummond's narration starts out poetically, as Impey quotes Lewis Carroll. Delivering Impey's descriptive language, Drummond makes listeners imagine they're on the moon or elsewhere in space. Impey looks at historical views and concepts--such as Einstein's famous equation or the origin of the word "lunatic"--and considers science-fiction concepts like the multiverse. As Impey shares personal anecdotes and pop culture references, Drummond succeeds at making the universe's origins even more accessible to the interested layperson. J.A.S. (c) AudioFile 2012, Portland, Maine"
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