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13.8 : the quest to find the true age of the universe and the theory of everything

Author: John Gribbin
Publisher: New Haven : Yale University Press, 2015. ©2015
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"The twentieth century gave us two great theories of physics. The general theory of relativity describes the behavior of very large things, and quantum theory the behavior of very small things. In this landmark book, John Gribbin--one of the best-known science writers of the past thirty years--presents his own version of the Holy Grail of physics, the search that has been going on for decades to find a unified  Read more...
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: John Gribbin
ISBN: 9780300218275 0300218273
OCLC Number: 920453524
Description: xiii, 242 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 24 cm
Contents: Prologue. Taking the temperature of the universe --
How do we know the ages of stars? Prehistory: spectra and the nature of stars --
At the heart of the sun --
Making "metals" --
The ages of stars --
How do we know the age of the universe? Prehistory: galaxies and the universe at large --
The discovery of the expanding universe --
Sizing up the cosmic soufflé --
Surveys and satellites.
Other Titles: Thirteen point eight
Thirteen, eight
Quest to find the true age of the universe and the theory of everything
Responsibility: John Gribbin.
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"The twentieth century gave us two great theories of physics. The general theory of relativity describes the behavior of very large things, and quantum theory the behavior of very small things. In this landmark book, John Gribbin--one of the best-known science writers of the past thirty years--presents his own version of the Holy Grail of physics, the search that has been going on for decades to find a unified "Theory of Everything" that combines these ideas into one mathematical package, a single equation that could be printed on a T-shirt, containing the answer to life, the Universe, and everything. With his inimitable mixture of science, history, and biography, Gribbin shows how--despite skepticism among many physicists--these two great theories are very compatible, and point to a deep truth about the nature of our existence. The answer lies, intriguingly, with the age of the universe: 13.8 billion years."--Publisher's website.

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