In this volume, six leading cosmologists provide a current "state of the universe" report: what we have learned about its nature, but also what pieces are still missing from the cosmic puzzle. The roster of contributors reads like a Who's Who of modern cosmology: A. P. Lightman, Robert P. Kirshner, Margaret J. Geller, Vera C. Rubin, Alan Guth, and James Gunn. The book is an excellent overview of the big questions facing modern cosmology. It does not require a background in physics, so any lay reader who appreciates astronomy and the study of the cosmos will enjoy this lively discussion.
'Everything you wanted to know about the universe and more ... A clear and articulate style of presentation plus very good visual aids makes this book an enjoyable and informative read.' Journal of the British Astronomical Association ' ... very readable ...' New Scientist 'This is a good book and can be highly recommended.' Astronomy Now 'A volume remarkable for its consistency, authoritativeness and readable style.' Contemporary Physics