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New York, NY : Simon & Schuster, ©1997
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|Description:||393 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm|
|Contents:||The shores of light ... in which th etenets of the standard big bang model are outlined --
The expansion of the universe ... in which the dynamic cosmos is depicted, and its prediction by Einstein and the unheralded Friedmann recounted --
The shape of space ... in which we explore the geometry of a finite but unbounded universe --
Blast from the past ... in which the physics of the big bang is related to the origin of chemical elements --
The black taj ... in which the riddle of dark matter is posed, and various suspects interrogated as to whether they might be it --
The large-scale structure of the universe ... in which we ask how it happens that the universe at large is so smooth, yet locally is so lumpy --
Cosmic evolution ... in which th ehistories of plantets, stars, galaxies, and the cosmos are scrutinized for signs of Darwinian evolution, and found not entirely wanting --
Symmetry and imperfection ... in which the universe is portrayed as a shattered mirror, and inified theory as a way to fit it back together --
The speed of space ... in which the inflationary hypothesis is set forth, its ability to oil the troubled waters of cosmological theorizing appraised, and its vision of a really big universe presented --
The origin of the universe(s) ... in which, like Achilles chasing the turtle in Zeno's paradox, we pursue but fail to snare the enigma of genesis --
Quantum weirdness ... in which the reader is asked to run a gauntlet of puzzling ideas, and is rewarded with a radical vision of the iniverse as composed not of many things but of one --
A place for us ... in which we living and (we think) thinking beings ask what we're doing here, and whether we would be around were things much different.
Jim Holt The Wall Street Journal Excellent...a heroic synthesis of cosmic knowledge today.