STARMUS: ORIGINS OF THE COSMOS
Garik Israelian and Brian May, Editors, David Eicher, Executive Editor
Foreword by Richard Dawkins
152 pp., hardcover, Starmus, Tenerife, Spain, 2016, ISBN 978–84–608–8944–1
Astronauts, cosmonauts, Nobel Prize winners, eminent researchers and prominent figures from science, culture, the arts and music attended the second Starmus Festival of science and music on Tenerife and La Palma in 2014 to try to answer the biggest questions the human race faces: Where do we come from? Where are we headed? The special guest lecturer was none other than the legendary Professor Stephen Hawking, who delivered two talks, and was greeted by the huge audience as if he were a rock star. Indeed Starmus is supported by a unique constellation of actual rock stars, including Brian May, Rick Wakeman, and Peter Gabriel.
The book achieves quite a serious goal insofar as it synthesizes our current view of life, the universe and everything as seen by these leading scientists . . . in words and pictures that are understandable to anyone with an interest in these matters. As such, it is an invaluable read for such enthusiasts as well as students of space, astronomy, astrophysics, cosmology, and the evolution of life. For those interested in music, the concerts, classical and rock, are included in pictures and linked online.