This book was written to address the need of the general educated Arab public for a detailed, though non-technical, treatment of cosmology, the science of the universe. Titled “The Story of the Universe”, it covers, the various descriptions that humans have made of the universe, from (as the subtitle says) “primitive conceptions to the Big Bang” and beyond, since even recent theories (inflation, dark matter and dark energy) are treated in some detail. The book makes a point to present cosmology as a science (for example, the Big Bang nucleosynthesis is presented in detail, though in a clear, understandable manner), but also as a cultural, philosophical, and religious domain. Indeed, chapters are devoted to, among other topics: the universe’s conception in scriptures and religious thought, the anthropic principle, the extent to which the universe can be understood and described, the question of purpose, etc. The book was co-written with Prof. Jamal Mimouni (University of Constantine, Algeria). It was first published in Algeria (Dar Al-Maarifa) in 1998 (1st edition), 2002 (2nd edition), and 2006 (3rd edition). It was also published in Lebanon (Dar Al-Multaqa) in 2006.