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The accelerating universe : infinite expansion, the cosmological constant, and the beauty of the cosmos

Author: Mario Livio
Publisher: New York : Wiley, ©2000.
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"In one of the most surprising and important findings in cosmology in the century, astronomers recently discovered that the universe may be expanding at an ever-increasing rate." "As astrophysicist Mario Livio explains in this book, most cosmologists have long believed that the universe will expand at a gradually decreasing rate until the expansion effectively stops. The discovery that the expansion appears in fact  Read more...
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Additional Physical Format: Online version:
Livio, Mario, 1945-
Accelerating universe.
New York : Wiley, ©2000
(OCoLC)47011769
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Mario Livio
ISBN: 047132969X 9780471329695 0471399760 9780471399766 0471251895 9780471251897
OCLC Number: 41540195
Notes: Includes index.
Description: xiv, 274 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm
Contents: Foreword --
Preface --
Prologue --
Beauty and the beast --
Expansion --
The case of the missing matter --
Flat is beautiful --
When inflation is good --
Creation --
The meaning of life --
A universe custom made for us? --
A cosmological aesthetic principle? --
Index.
Responsibility: Mario Livio.
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"In one of the most surprising and important findings in cosmology in the century, astronomers recently discovered that the universe may be expanding at an ever-increasing rate." "As astrophysicist Mario Livio explains in this book, most cosmologists have long believed that the universe will expand at a gradually decreasing rate until the expansion effectively stops. The discovery that the expansion appears in fact to be speeding up - and therefore that the universe will keep expanding faster and faster for infinity - throws the view of a perfectly balanced "beautiful universe" into question." "Mario Livio introduces readers to the "old cosmology," which culminated in the view of the perfectly balanced universe, and then presents all of the ideas being explored by cosmologists in the "new cosmology" as they come to terms with the discovery of acceleration. Offering clear explanations of all the key concepts and theoretical ideas, Livio is a guide through this exciting frontier in science today."--Jacket.

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