ROBERTO TROTTA is a senior lecturer in astrophysics at Imperial College London. An experienced science communicator, he has given hundreds of public lectures, published dozens of articles in national magazines, and appeared several times on radio and television. He also works as a scientific consultant for museums, writers, filmmakers, architects and artists, providing the help and support they need to make their artistic creations scientifically sound. In collaboration with artists and architects, he has created artwork that has been exhibited in prominent international venues, including the Venice Biennale. His outreach work has been recognized by several awards, including the Lord Kelvin Award of the British Association for the Advancement of Science. He is 36 years old and lives in London.
THE EDGE OF THE SKY
All you need to know about the All-there-is (using only the ten hundred most used words in this tongue)
A poetic primer on the universe… one part children’s book for grownups, one part imaginative exercise in economical yet lyrical language, and wholly wonderful – Maria Popova, BRAIN PICKINGS
A simplified but by no means simplistic introduction to modern cosmology and physics…. An entertaining exercise… for those student-people who like to ponder the All-There-Is while testing the always-inadequate limits of language – KIRKUS REVIEWS
The spare writing is elegant, even poetic. Literary experiments tend either to work or to flail with awkwardness; in Trotta’s hands, this beautifully written book… soars – PUBLISHERS WEEKLY, starred review
A surprisingly clear, and often poetic, primer on such complicated topics as the big bang, dark energy and the possibility of multiverses – SCIENTIFIC AMERICAN
Inventive, enjoyable and thought-provoking – NATURE
Imagine a short book presenting the latest discoveries and outstanding mysteries in modern cosmology — but written using only the most common thousand words in English, based on ten million works of contemporary fiction...
Publisher: BasicBooks (US/UK)
Publication Date: Autumn 2014
Length: 144 pages
All rights available excluding:
World English Language
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