Welcome to the Universe: An Astrophysical Tour

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Authors: Neil deGrasse Tyson, director of the Hayden Planetarium at the American Museum of Natural History and a former visiting research scientist at Princeton; Michael Strauss, Princeton professor of astrophysical sciences; and J. Richard Gott, Princeton professor of astrophysical sciences, emeritus

Publisher: Princeton University Press, 2016

Welcome to the Universe is a guided tour of the cosmos by three of today’s leading astrophysicists. Inspired by the enormously popular introductory astronomy course that Neil deGrasse Tyson, Michael Strauss and J. Richard Gott taught together at Princeton, this book covers it all — from planets, stars and galaxies to black holes, wormholes and time travel.

Describing the latest discoveries in astrophysics, the informative and entertaining narrative propels you from our home solar system to the outermost frontiers of space. How do stars live and die? Why did Pluto lose its planetary status? What are the prospects of intelligent life elsewhere in the universe? How did the universe begin? Why is it expanding and why is its expansion accelerating? Is our universe alone or part of an infinite multiverse? Answering these and many other questions, the authors open our eyes to the wonders of the cosmos, sharing their knowledge of how the universe works.

Breathtaking in scope and stunningly illustrated throughout, Welcome to the Universe is for those who hunger for insights into our evolving universe.