Books

The Cosmos - A Beginner's Guide

Adam Hart-Davis (and others)

In this indispensable beginner's guide to the Cosmos, Adam Hart-Davis brings us the latest news from the outer reaches of the universe. By travelling the world to interview scientists at the sharp end of astronomical research - and visiting some of the largest scientific machines ever built - Adam reveals the current attempts to solve some of the most profound questions ever asked.

How close are we to finding extraterrestrial life in our own solar system? Will we ever discover what happened in the very instant of creation itself - the Big Bang? What is the ultimate fate of the universe?

Adam reports from the places where missions are launched, vast experiments are conducted, and new galaxies discovered. Using sketches and photos, he demonstrates in his own inimitable way what we can do to prevent an asteroid smashing into Earth, how we can detect exoplanets, and what aliens might see if they were watching our television signals. He shows us the workings of spacecraft and instruments, and explains how the latest findings have advanced our knowledge of how the universe ticks.

Accompanying a six-part series on BBC2, The Cosmos - A Beginner's Guide takes us on a mind-bending journey to the edge of the Universe and the frontier of our understanding of our mysterious Cosmos.

Why Does A Ball Bounce?

Adam Hart-Davis

Why does a ball bounce? Why does a balloon burst? How can a stone move on its own? Television scientist and historian Adam Hart-Davis brings you the answers to 100 essential questions about life, the universe and everything, fully illustrated with his own superb colour photographs. A passionate scientist, Adam's aim is to make complex ideas as easy to understand as possible, and his photographs are stunning in their simplicity: from spiders' webs to water drops, from sparks from a plug to a match igniting - you can see science in action and close up.

What the past did for us

Adam Hart-Davis

Adam Hart-Davis, one of the nations favourite TV presenters, returns to our screens with a tour through the Top Ten developments of each of the great civilisations of the past. From the Egyptians to the Romans, Babylonians to the Arabs, Adam takes us on an epic history of the world, looking at some of the great legacies left to us by ancient cultures.

What the Past Did For Us accompanies a major 9-part new format autumn show, in which Adam is the anchorman who leads us through the history of inventions while testing some of these in the studio.

The accompanying book is an entertainingly written history of ancient cultures, capturing Adams enthusiasm for the subject. Adam tells the story of the Chinese inventors who came up with the mariners compass, paper money and gunpowder right through to the Ancient Indians who, according to Einstein taught us how to count as well as giving us the 12-month calendar year and 7-day week.

Biography

Adam Hart-Davis is a well-known BBC television presenter and popular science enthusiast. From 1995 to 2000 he presented Local Heroes, in which he cycled around the country telling the stories of the pioneers of science and recreating their experiments. He went on to present What the Romans Did For Us, followed by series on the Victorians, the Tudors and Stuarts, and the Ancients, all of which were accompanied by successful tie-in books. In April 2006 he presented Stardate: Mysteries of Venus to coincide with the Transit of Venus.

Paul Bader is the Executive Producer of The Cosmos - A Beginner's Guide. Paul has worked with Adam for many years and the two have co-authored several books together.