The Cosmic Mystery Tour

ISBN : 9780198831860

Nicholas Mee
224 Pages
129 x 196 mm
Pub date
Jan 2019
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  • A lively, inspiring beginner's guide to how the universe works
  • Bite-sized chapters present the discoveries of modern physics, astronomy, and cosmology
  • Background stories of the research and researchers bring the science to life
  • Full colour illustrations throughout

The Cosmic Mystery Tour takes us on a lightning tour of the mysteries of the universe enlivened by brief stories of the colourful characters who created modern science. It explores hot topics in physics and astronomy, including the recent discovery of gravitational waves; the quest for the origin of dark matter; the study of the supermassive black hole at the centre of the galaxy; the ongoing search for Earth-like exoplanets; the search for signals from extraterrestrials; and the development of technologies to send spacecraft to the stars.
The first part of the book explores the laws that govern the universe. Physics is a spiritual quest to find deep meaning in the cosmos. Its goal is to provide a concise, but accurate description of the world that accounts for all the amazing features that it contains. The second part takes a look at the history of the cosmos, studies its geography and explores some of its architectural highlights such as red giants, white dwarfs, neutron stars and the ultimate cosmic mysteries-supermassive black holes. The last part considers the possibility that life might exist elsewhere in the universe, and explores the cosmos from the outer fringes of science fiction to the ongoing search for alien civilizations.


Part 1: The Laws of The Cosmos
1: The Path to Immortality
2: The Rosetta Stone and Quantum Waves
3: We're Having a Field Day!
4: Cosmic Ripples
5: Lovely LISA
6: Animated Atom Boy
7: Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star
8: Forces of the World Unite!
9: Most of the Universe is Missing!
Part II: The History, Geography and Architecture of the Cosmos
10: From Genesis to Revelation!
11: The Battle for the Cosmos
12: Alchemical Furnaces of the Cosmos
13: Diamonds in the Sky
14: From the Leviathan to the Behemoth
15: The Crab and the Jellyfish
16: The Ultimate Heavy Metal Space Rock
17: Pan Galactic Gargle Blaster
18: Cosmic Spacequakes
19: Doctor Atomic and the Black Hole
20: Supermassive Black Holes
Part III: The Biology of the Cosmos
21: The Gorgon's Head!
22: Raise Your Glasses to the Skies!
23: Life, But Not as We Know It!
24: To Boldly Go...
25: Somewhere Over the Rainbow
26: Where is Everybody?

About the author: 

Nicholas Mee, Director, Virtual Image Publishing Ltd and Quantum Wave Publishing Ltd
Nicholas Mee studied theoretical physics and mathematics at the University of Cambridge. He achieved a top distinction in Part III of the Mathematical Tripos of the University of Cambridge and gained his PhD there in theoretical particle physics, with the thesis Supersymmetric Quantum Mechanics and Geometry. He is Director of software company Virtual Image and the author of over 50 multimedia titles including The Code Book on CD-ROM with Simon Singh and Connections in Space with John Barrow, Martin Kemp and Richard Bright. He has played key roles in numerous science and art projects including the Symbolic Sculpture project with John Robinson, the European SCIENAR project, and the 2012 Henry Moore and Stringed Surfaces exhibition at the Royal Society. He is also author of the award-winning popular science book Higgs Force: Cosmic Symmetry Shattered, and co-author of The Physical World: An Inspirational Tour of Fundamental Physics (OUP, 2017).

"An accessible introduction to all things cosmos..." - Maren Ostergard, Booklist

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