Endless Universe

Endless Universe

Beyond the Big Bang

Book - 2007
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Two world-renowned scientists present an audacious new vision of the cosmos that "steals the thunder from the Big Bang theory." -- Wall Street Journal

The Big Bang theory--widely regarded as the leading explanation for the origin of the universe--posits that space and time sprang into being about 14 billion years ago in a hot, expanding fireball of nearly infinite density. Over the last three decades the theory has been repeatedly revised to address such issues as how galaxies and stars first formed and why the expansion of the universe is speeding up today. Furthermore, an explanation has yet to be found for what caused the Big Bang in the first place.

In Endless Universe , Paul J. Steinhardt and Neil Turok, both distinguished theoretical physicists, present a bold new cosmology. Steinhardt and Turok "contend that what we think of as the moment of creation was simply part of an infinite cycle of titanic collisions between our universe and a parallel world" ( Discover ). They recount the remarkable developments in astronomy, particle physics, and superstring theory that form the basis for their groundbreaking "Cyclic Universe" theory. According to this theory, the Big Bang was not the beginning of time but the bridge to a past filled with endlessly repeating cycles of evolution, each accompanied by the creation of new matter and the formation of new galaxies, stars, and planets.

Endless Universe provides answers to longstanding problems with the Big Bang model, while offering a provocative new view of both the past and the future of the cosmos.  It is a "theory that could solve the cosmic mystery" ( USA Today ).

Publisher: New York : Doubleday, c2007.
Edition: 1st ed.
ISBN: 9780385509640
0385509642
Branch Call Number: 523.12
Characteristics: xv, 284 p. : ill. ; 25 cm.
Additional Contributors: Turok, Neil

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roaddogg09 May 05, 2011

As Stephen Hawking said in his review: "A challenging alternative to the accepted picture of the big bang and the future of the universe." 'Endless Universe' is wonderfully written. It was hard to put down. The book is also a great primer on the basics of comsology. Even if you don't believe in strings, extra dimensions, or D-branes, this is a great book! I'd recommend it to anyone with an interest in science and what the future may hold...

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jlautermilch
Apr 07, 2011

Great book. Well written the subject matter is absolutely facinating and it is easy to read and follow.

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