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The Short Story of the Universe

A Pocket Guide to the History, Structure, Theories and Building Blocks of the Cosmos

Gemma Lavender


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The Short Story of the Universe is a new introduction to the subject of the universe. Covering 130 key components that make it up – from dwarf galaxies and spiral arms to red giants and the planets of the solar system – and linking these to the universe's structure and the theories that help us understand it, this book simplifies this riveting yet mind-boggling subject, telling the story of how it came into being and how it will eventually be no more.

Accessible and concise, generously illustrated throughout, and with all the essential information presented without jargon, readers are given all the tools they need to enjoy the fascinating history of the deepest depths of the universe.

Laurence King Publishing, 9780857829382, 224pp.

Publication Date: September 27, 2022

About the Author

Gemma Lavender (Author)
Gemma Lavender is Content Director of Knowledge & Education at Future Plc, Editor of All About Space magazine and an Editor at the National Optical-Infrared Astronomy Research Laboratory. She holds a PhD in astrophysics, degrees in astrophysics and the physical sciences and is a researcher in physics education at Cardiff University. She is the author of several books on space and physics, including Quantum Physics in Minutes.