In this stunningly illustrated field guide, popular science writer Adam Hart-Davis will bring us the very latest findings that are revolutionizing our view of the Cosmos. He will travel to locations around the world to meet scientists who are attempting to unravel some of the great unanswered questions in cosmology, such as the likelihood of discovering extraterrestrial life. At the Allen Telescope Array in California Adam will encounter the sharp end of this search- the array is currently under construction and, when complete, will comprise 350 six-metre dishes focused permanently on detecting intelligent life in the Universe. High in the mountains of Tenerife Adam will reveal the latest findings in the hunt for planets outside our solar system. And in Cologne, he will meet scientists at the European Space Agency whose ambition is to send the first humans to Mars. This is no longer in the realm of science fiction- in all probability the first astronauts to Mars have already been born. Adam will report from the places where missions are being launched, and the results that are defining our view of the Cosmos are coming in. He will demonstrate in his own inimitable way the working
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.