The Zoomable Universe

Caleb Scharf

RRP: £20.00

19 October 2017

Published by Atlantic Books

ISBN: 9781786494047

Embark on a breath-taking, cutting-edge voyage through the enormity of our reality – travelling one “power of ten” or order of magnitude at a time. Echoing the classic film by Charles and Ray Eames, acclaimed astrobiologist Caleb Scharf and artist Ron Miller guide us from the very edge of the observable universe – about 91 billion light-years away – to the subatomic realm, where the fabric of space-time itself behaves in a way that confounds all the rules of physics we currently know.

Gorgeously designed and visually inspiring, The Zoomable Universe takes a truly unique approach toward explaining our place in the universe, charting an unforgettable course through galaxies, black holes, solar systems, stars and planets, oceans, plants and animals, microorganisms, atoms, quantum fields, and much more. Illustrated with stunning colour artwork and infographics, this is an unforgettable journey that will thrill readers who want to discover more about the incredible reality we inhabit.


'[A] tantalising approach to the mysteries of the universe'
Independent on The Copernicus Complex

'[A] witty, adroitly marshalled treatise on human significance'
Observer on The Copernicus Complex

'The Copernicus Complex delivers its argument with comparable clarity, insight and humour... compelling'
Telegraph on The Copernicus Complex

Scharf makes vivid the mind-boggling nature of the universe . . . [there are] bright beams of knowledge coming from this excellent book
Wall Street Journal on Gravity's Engines

'This is a book that is rich in the poetry of scientific language . . . [N]ot only does [Scharf] know more about the universe than you or I do, he knows how to transmit his knowledge by deft use of analogy'
Guardian on Gravity's Engines

Scharf explains lucidly why the Copernican Principle (that the Earth has an unremarkable place in the universe) is not the whole story
The Sunday Times