Elephants in Space

The Past, Present and Future of Life and the Universe

  • Ben Moore

Part of the Astronomers' Universe book series (ASTRONOM)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xi
  2. Ben Moore
    Pages 21-42
  3. Ben Moore
    Pages 43-55
  4. Ben Moore
    Pages 71-80
  5. Ben Moore
    Pages 81-97
  6. Ben Moore
    Pages 99-113
  7. Ben Moore
    Pages 115-134
  8. Ben Moore
    Pages 135-145
  9. Ben Moore
    Pages 147-162
  10. Ben Moore
    Pages 163-178
  11. Back Matter
    Pages 179-189

About this book


This book is about the history and future of life and the universe, written at a level that any educated lay-person can understand and enjoy. It describes our place in time and space, how we got here and where we are going. It will take you on a journey from the beginning of time to the end of the universe to uncover our origins and reveal our destiny. It will explain how mankind acquired this knowledge starting from the beginning of civilization when the ancient Greeks first began to ask questions about the nature of the world around them.

Ben Moore takes us on a path of discovery that connects astrophysics with subjects as varied as biology, neuroscience and evolution; from the origin of atoms to how stars shine and die, from ants and elephants to space travel and extra-terrestrial life. But as our universe grows older and its stars fade away and stop shining, can life continue for eternity or is all life destined for complete extinction? And what is the purpose of all of this anyway?!

On the German edition:
"With his public talks and his new book "Elefanten im All" the Brit is on his way of becoming a popstar of science. Moore has a story to tell. The story of everything. From the beginning to the end of our existence. And he does so with esprit and catching passion." Rico Bandle, Weltwoche, 1. November 2012

“The kind of book you come across only every few years.” Artur K. Vogel, Der Bund, September 2012


Big Bang Black Holes Cosmic Creation Explained End of the Universe Extraterrestrial Life Human knowledge Life and Universe Origin of Life Origin of Planets Origin of Stars SETI The Brain and How It Works

Authors and affiliations

  • Ben Moore
    • 1
  1. 1.Centre for Theoretical Astrophysics and Cosmology Institute for Computational ScienceUniversity of ZurichZürichSwitzerland

Bibliographic information

  • DOI https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-05672-2
  • Copyright Information Springer International Publishing Switzerland 2014
  • Publisher Name Springer, Cham
  • eBook Packages Physics and Astronomy
  • Print ISBN 978-3-319-05671-5
  • Online ISBN 978-3-319-05672-2
  • Series Print ISSN 1614-659X
  • Series Online ISSN 2197-6651
  • About this book