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Brian May launches book on astronomy

AP - Queen guitarist Brian May traded rock 'n' roll for the big bang as he launched a book about the origins of the universe.

May, who abandoned doctoral studies in astronomy to play guitar with the British band famous for rock anthems such as We Will Rock You and Bohemian Rhapsody, has returned to his first love to co-author Bang! The Complete History of the Universe.

Co-written with Patrick Moore and Chris Lintott, presenters of the BBC astronomy program The Sky at Night, the book recounts the formation of the universe from its origins more than 13 billion years ago and looks forward to its end, several billion years from now.

May, 59, sees similarities between his two great loves, music and astronomy.

"I think there's a sort of purity about both of them," he said recently, according to The Guardian newspaper.

"Because you can immerse yourself in thoughts of the universe, or in music, and you're really abstracted.

"You're a million miles away from all your worries and personal problems and the dust and smoke of where you are."

©AAP 2006

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