Imagine if The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy were a real, practical book about the mysteries of the universe…
The Universe In Your Hand takes us on a wonder-filled journey to the surface of our dying Sun, shrinks us to the size of an atom and puts us in the deathly grip of distant Black Holes. Along the way you might come to understand, really understand, the mind-bending science that underpins modern life, from Quantum Mechanics to Einstein’s theory of General Relativity.
Through brilliant storytelling and humour rather than headache-inducing graphs and equations, internationally renowned astrophysicist Christophe Galfard has written an instant classic that brings the astonishing beauty of the universe to life – and takes us deep into questions about the existence of God, the beginning of time and the future of humanity.
“A brilliant introduction to the discipline, from which we all emerge more intelligent.” - Metronews
“Galfard has a rare talent, he can turn complex and obscure ideas into simple and entertaining ones.” - Elle
“A vertiginous odyssey, light-years away from our Solar System.” - Le Figaro Litteraire
“Galfard is the new Mister Universe.” - Le Point
“Galfard has a hollywood-style way to turn science into a story.” - Livres Hebdo
“The originality of this book is that it turns the cosmos into an adventurous playground, taking the reader on a roller coaster ride through the universe.” - Lire
“One of those rare books that keep feeding the imagination long after one reads it.” - Science et avenir
“A wild tour through the reaches of time and space, from the interior of a proton to the Big Bang to the rough suburbs of a black hole. It's friendly, excitable, erudite, and cosmic." - Jordan Ellenberg, New York Times bestselling author of How Not To Be Wrong
"[A] well-written and thoroughly approachable journey through what we know of modern astronomy and physics. Part personal conversation, part travelogue, and part science primer for the non-scientist, "The Universe in Your Hand" is a delightful and highly educational read." - Jim Bell, author of "The Interstellar Age" and "Postcards from Mars"
“imaginative and comprehensive… A useful book for readers to visualize the complex ideas of modern physics…” - Kirkus Review
"A comprehensive and entertaining book ... Deft and dazzling imagery makes difficult concepts accessible" - Publisher's Weekly (starred review)
“Galfard dispenses with mathematical formulas in this foray into modern physics, making a lively imagination the only portal necessary for general readers… Galfard leaves exhilarated readers eager to share in the forthcoming discoveries.” - Booklist (starred review)