“Grandpa, how big is the universe? How far are the stars? How can we tell the sun’s age? Are we stardust? What is thunder? Is the universe expanding? Do black holes exist? What is the future of the universe?” “The book was born from conversations I had with one of my granddaughters, on certain summer evenings. All during its writing, I was able to relive those August evenings when the children showered me with questions while we awaited the shooting stars. The contemplation of the heavenly vault and the sense of our presence among the stars inspired a shared wish to know more about this mysterious cosmos in which we live. Here we will be talking about science, but that in no way rules out poetry.” Hubert Reeves
In this book, master astrophysicist Hubert Reeves unlocks the secrets of the universe. This is his spiritual testament to younger generations and a perfect occasion for us all to revise our conceptions about the cosmos.
Hubert Reeves unlocks the secrets of the Universe.
‘Reeves’ fascination with the history and ultimate fate of the universe, and with the role we play as a conscious part of it, is beautiful and infectious. The reader gets a taste for the history and philosophy, as well as the facts, of science, and the conversational tone makes these very complex ideas accessible to teenagers and adults alike.’ I, Science
Salammbo’s name is inspired by a novel by Gustave Flaubert, the author of Madame Bovary, but also by the classic graphic novel of the same name by French artist Phillippe Druillet.Founded in 2011 by Stéfane Houssier and Geraldine East, Salammbo’s first passions are fiction and graphic novels – from timeless classics to the innovative. But popular non-fiction is also represented with our first title The Universe explained to MyGrandchildren, by Hubert Reeves. Our eclectic collection represents exciting, high-quality writing from around the world: we publish some twentieth century’s most widely acclaimed authors such as Violette Leduc, as well as compelling and award-winning contemporary writers and artists, including Régis Jauffret, Marco Mancassola, Guillaume Sorel and Fabrice Le Hénanff. Salammbo Press is pleased to seek out thrilling stories for a new generation.