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John D Barrow
|Description:||xiv, 354 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm|
|Contents:||Being in the right place at the right time. Two men walking ; Funny things, universes ; The importance of place ; Aristotle's spherical universe ; Ptolemy's "Heath Robinson" universe --
The earnestness of being important. Special times and special places ; Democratic laws ; The changing universe ; The nebular hypothesis ; Life in an Edwardian universe ; The decaying universe ; Karl Schwarzschild: the man who knew too much --
Einstein's universes. Completing a Copernican vision ; Einstein's insight ; A digression ; The creation of Einstein's universe of motionless matter ; The second universe: de Sitter's universe of matterless motion ; Friedmann's universes of matter in motion ; Lemaître's universes ; The universe of Einstein and de Sitter ; Tolman's oscillating universe ; Lemaître and Tolman's kinky universe ; Milne's universe (and Newton's universes) --
Unexpected universes: the Rococo period. Fractal universes ; Dr. Kasner's universe ; Dirac's universe--where gravity decays ; Einstein and Rosen's undulating universe --
Something completely different. A Swiss-cheese universe ; Perturbed universes ; Schrödinger's universe ; Gödel's spinning universe --
The steady statesmen come and go with a bang. A universe that always was, is and is to come ; A table-top universe ; The electric universe ; Hot universes --
Universes, warts and all. Turbulent universes ; Distorted universes: from one to nine ; Smooth universes and a new observational window ; Chaotic universes ; Mixmaster universes ; Magnetic universes ; The universes of Brans and Dicke ; Matter-antimatter universes --
The beginning for beginners. Singular universes ; Which universes are singular? ; Cold and tepid universes ; An unexpectedly simpler universe ; And a unified way of thinking --
Brave new worlds. Asymmetric universes ; Problem universes ; Inflationary universes ; Chaotic inflationary universes ; Eternal inflationary universes ; Suddenly, the universe seems simpler again ; The many universes run out of control --
Post-modern universes. Random universes ; Probably universes ; Anthropic universes ; Possible universes ; Home-made universes ; Naturally selected universes ; Fake universes ; Universes where nothing is original ; Boltzmann's universe --
Fringe universes. Wrap-around universes ; Quantum universes ; A self-creating universe ; Colliding universes ; The dying of the light ; Hyperuniverses --
The runaway universes. The best-buy universe ; The preposterous universe ; The puzzling universe.
|Responsibility:||John D. Barrow.|
Einstein's theory of general relativity opens the door for the study of other possible universes- and weird universes at that. Not many solutions to Einstein's tantalizing equations have ever been found, but those we know about are all remarkable: universes that expand or contract, universes where time travel is possible, universes that spin and bounce, magnetic universes, chaotic universes, and accelerating universes. Despite their odd features, all these universes could exist without breaking the laws of physics. This book gives us a stunning tour of these potential universes, introducing us along the way to the brilliant physicists and mathematicians who first imagined- and, through tricky manipulations of Einstein's theory- demonstrated the possibility of such startlingly diverse universes. The book also explains the latest discoveries and ideas about our own universe, showing how they lead to the concepts of the inflationary universe and the "multiverse"--The universe of all possible universes- along with the possibility that there are other dimensions of space and time. These ideas force us to confront the possibility that our visible universe is a tiny region, governed by its own laws, within a multiverse containing all the strange universes that could be- an idea that is among the most exciting and revolutionary in all of modern science. -- from Book Jacket.