Join Chris Impey , Distinguished Professor in the Astronomy Department at the University of Arizona in Tucson and the acclaimed author of The Living Cosmos and How It Ends , for a guided tour through space and time, leading us from the familiar sights of the night sky to the dazzlingly strange aftermath of the Big Bang.
What if we could look into space and see not only our place in the universe but also how we came to be here? As it happens, we can. Because it takes time for light to travel, we see more and more distant regions of the universe as they were in the successively greater past. Impey uses this concept "look-back time" to take us on an intergalactic tour that is simultaneously out in space and back in time. Performing a type of cosmic archaeology, he leads us through the astronomical clues that scientists have used to solve fascinating mysteries about the origins and development of our universe. The milestones on this journey range from the nearby to the remote: we travel from the Moon, Jupiter, and the black hole at the heart of our galaxy all the way to the first star, the first ray of light, and even the strange, roiling conditions of the infant universe, an intense and volatile environment in which matter was created from pure energy. A dynamic and unforgettable portrait of the cosmos, his new book, How It Began, is an eye-opening tour of milestones in the history of our universe and illuminates a host of mind-bending concepts including invisible dimensions, timelessness, and multiple universes.
Special thanks to the U.S. Department of State and the Embassy of the United States in Canada for supporting the participation of American writers during the Spring Edition.