• First Light

  • Switching on Stars at the Dawn of Time
  • By: Emma Chapman
  • Narrated by: Emma Chapman
  • Length: 7 hrs and 46 mins
  • 4.7 out of 5 stars (27 ratings)

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Bloomsbury presents First Light by Emma Chapman, read by Emma Chapman.

Astronomers have successfully observed a great deal of the universe’s history, from recording the afterglow of the big bang to imaging thousands of galaxies, and even to visualising an actual black hole. There’s a lot for astronomers to be smug about. But when it comes to understanding how the universe began and grew up, we are literally in the dark ages. In effect, we are missing the first one billion years from the timeline of the universe.

This brief but far-reaching period in the universe’s history, known to astrophysicists as the ‘Epoch of Reionisation’, represents the start of the cosmos as we experience it today. The time when the very first stars burst into life, when darkness gave way to light. After hundreds of millions of years of dark, uneventful expansion, one by the one these stars suddenly came into being. This was the point at which the chaos of the big bang first began to yield to the order of galaxies, black holes and stars, kick-starting the pathway to planets, to comets, to moons and to life itself.

Incorporating the very latest research into this branch of astrophysics, this audiobook sheds light on this time of darkness, telling the story of these first stars, hundreds of times the size of the sun and a million times brighter, lonely giants that lived fast and died young in powerful explosions that seeded the universe with the heavy elements that we are made of. Emma Chapman tells us how these stars formed, why they were so unusual and what they can teach us about the universe today. She also offers a first-hand look at the immense telescopes about to come on line to peer into the past, searching for the echoes and footprints of these stars, to take this period in the universe’s history from the realm of theoretical physics towards the wonder of observational astronomy.

©2020 Emma Chapman (P)2020 Bloomsbury Publishing Plc

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Beanie babies, Mick Jagger and cutting edge cosmology

I have actually listened to this book multiple times. I recommend as Emma Chapman's account of the history of astronomy, the rapid gains in knowledge in just the last 20 years and where the science is headed is just the right speed for the well informed layperson. Various pop culture references keep it light (indeed, she helps describe visible light with a reference to the album cover of Pink Floyd's "DSOTM"). But a joyful and sincere love of what she does cannot be hidden behind her easy humor and clever turn of phrase. I really enjoyed this.

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Everything you didn't know about stars

If you're looking for a scientific scientifically interesting but still written for the general public this is the audiobook for you. The author does a credible job in a very pleasant British accent of explaining to you how the universe began burst began how the 1st stars formed how they led to our present day existence.

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very good read

Covers quite a lot of new ground regarding Galaxy formation and types. fills a gap I've been looking for. could have been a little technical but it got there in the end mostly.

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  • 12-31-20

Full of joy

This book is filled with the joy of discovery and exploration: it helped me remember why I went into technology.

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  • 01-08-21

Fascinating astronomy

Earnestly written. You can feel the author's passion and as an amateur astronomer I found the content to be really interesting and well presented.

There are some audio skipping issues. One at around 9 minutes into Chapter 9.

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