Faber to answer science's biggest questions in tweets

Faber is to examine the greatest questions in science in 140 characters with a new science book from Marcus Chown.

Non-fiction editor Neil Belton bought world rights to Tweeting the Universe by Chown and Govert Schilling from Felicity Bryan at Felicity Bryan Associates. The book will be published in November 2011.

Subtitled Very Short Courses on Very Big Ideas, the book aims to explain theories and facts from the shape of the Earth to footprints on the Moon in the space of a mere tweet.

Belton said: "I'm very pleased that Marcus Chown, who I've been publishing for 20 years and who has become one of the UK's most accomplished and popular science writers, will be writing his shortest book ever. He and the Dutch writer Govert Schilling have set themselves the challenge of explaining the biggest questions of the universe by means of the world's shortest literary form, the tweet. 140 subjects. Ten or a dozen tweets per topic.

"Painless, stimulating and a lot less pointless than playing with your iPhone."

Chown's previous titles include We Need to Talk About Kelvin and Quantum Theory Cannot Hurt You. He also wrote the bestselling app The Solar System, which won the FutureBook award for best app. Schilling has previously written on a range of astronomical topics.

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