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The secret melody : and man created the universe

Author: Xuan Thuan Trinh; Storm Dunlop
Publisher: New York : Oxford University Press, 1995. ©1995
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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In The Secret Melody, Trinh Xuan Thuan examines our many attempts to capture the music of nature and hear the cosmic fugue.
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Additional Physical Format: Online version:
Trinh, Xuan Thuan.
Secret melody.
New York : Oxford University Press, 1995
(OCoLC)625208262
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Xuan Thuan Trinh; Storm Dunlop
ISBN: 0195073703 9780195073706
OCLC Number: 30518337
Description: xvi, 313 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm
Contents: 1. Past Universes --
2. From the Milky Way to the Universe --
3. The Actors in the Drama: The Galaxies and the Space-Time Couple --
4. The Big Bang Today --
5. The History Book of the Universe --
6. The Invisible and the Fate of the Universe --
7. An Accidental or Necessary Universe? --
8. God and the Big Bang --
9. The Secret Melody --
Appendix A: Light and the Doppler Effect --
Appendix B: The Elasticity of the Space-Time Couple --
Appendix C: Black Holes --
Appendix D: The Uncertainty Principle in Quantum Mechanics --
Appendix E: The Cosmological Parameters and the Evolution of the Universe.
Other Titles: Mélodie secrète.
Responsibility: Trinh Xuan Thuan ; translation by Storm Dunlop.
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This is a sweeping monograph which compares the universe, life and human consciousness to music. Musical notes are related to observation, melody to interpretation and theory, and new musical  Read more...

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