Edge of the Universe: A Voyage to the Cosmic Horizon and Beyond [NOOK Book]

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"Edge of the Universe is a breezy romp through the universe as we know it. Paul Halpern covers all of the big topics in cosmology with a crisp and engaging tone, at a level that even a novice can follow, and pairs it with pop cultural references and very engaging scientific history. He gives a grand view of not only what we know, but also what we don't entirely understand, from inflation and the edge of ...

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Overview

Advance Praise for Edge of the Universe

"Edge of the Universe is a breezy romp through the universe as we know it. Paul Halpern covers all of the big topics in cosmology with a crisp and engaging tone, at a level that even a novice can follow, and pairs it with pop cultural references and very engaging scientific history. He gives a grand view of not only what we know, but also what we don't entirely understand, from inflation and the edge of the universe to the 'Axis of Evil' in the cosmic microwave background and the dark flow of galaxies."
Dave Goldberg, io9.com contributor and coauthor of A User's Guide to the Universe

"Cosmology today is more exciting than it has ever been in its 2,500-year history. In this lively book, Halpern explains why and leaves us desperate to see what surprises the universe has in store."
Graham Farmelo, author of The Strangest Man: The Hidden Life of Paul Dirac, Mystic of the Atom

"A delightful introduction to all the major topics in modern cosmology. In user-friendly language, Halpern manages to describe the ins and outs of this complex subject, from the well-established to the highly speculative. This is truly a remarkable accomplishment."
Gino Segré, author of Faust in Copenhagen: A Struggle for the Soul of Physics

"A fantastic romp along the frontiers of modern cosmology—and beyond. Halpern makes us wonder about our place in the vast universe, both in space and time, and marvel at the mystery of dark matter, dark energy, extra dimensions, parallel universes, and so much more."
Dr. Clifford Pickover, author of The Physics Book: From the Big Bang to Quantum Resurrection, 250 Milestones in the History of Physics

"In this lively, fast-paced, and authoritative book, Paul Halpern takes us not only to the edge of the universe but to the edge of our knowledge of the universe."
Marcus Chown, author of Solar System: A Visual Exploration of the Planets, Moons, and Other Heavenly Bodies that Orbit Our Sun

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781118234600
  • Publisher: Turner Publishing Company
  • Publication date: 8/10/2012
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 240
  • Sales rank: 297,384
  • File size: 343 KB

Meet the Author

PAUL HALPERN, PhD, is Professor of Physics at the University of the Sciences in Philadelphia. He is the 2002 recipient of a John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation Fellowship, awarded for research that ultimately resulted in the book The Great Beyond: Higher Dimensions, Parallel Universes and the Extraordinary Search for a Theory of Everything. He is also the author of Collider: The Search for the World's Smallest Particles and What's Science Ever Done for Us?: What The Simpsons Can Teach Us about Physics, Robots, Life, and the Universe.

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Table of Contents

Prologue: Cosmology’s Extraordinary

New Frontiers 1

1 How Far Out Can We See?: Voyage to the Edge of the Known Universe 7

2 How Was the Universe Born?: Revealing the Dawn of Time 22

3 How Far Away Will the Edge Get?: The Discovery of the Accelerating Universe 39

4 Why Does the Universe Seem So Smooth?: The Inflationary Era 52

5 What Is Dark Energy?: Will It Tear Space Apart? 67

6 Do We Live in a Hologram?: Exploring the Boundaries of Information 82

7 Are There Alternatives to Inflation?: Extra Dimensions and the Big Bounce 96

8 What Builds Structure in the Universe?: The Search for Dark Matter 110

9 What Is Tugging on Galaxies?: The Mysteries of Dark Flow and the Great Attractor 125

10 What Is the “Axis of Evil”?: Investigating Strange Features of the Cosmic Background 137

11 What Are the Immense Blasts of Energy from the Farthest Reaches of Space?: Gamma-Ray Bursts and the Quest for Cosmic Dragons 148

12 Can We Journey to Parallel Universes?: Wormholes as Gateways 161

13 Is The Universe Constantly Splitting into Multiple Realities?: The Many-Worlds Hypothesis 174

14 How Will the Universe End?: With a Bang, Bounce, Crunch, Rip, Stretch, or Whimper? 188

15 What Are the Ultimate Limits of Our Knowledge about the Cosmos? 204

Acknowledgments 217

Notes 219

Further Reading 225

Index 229

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  • Posted January 22, 2013

    What can I say ¿ this is scientific outreach at its best, in the

    What can I say – this is scientific outreach at its best, in the best arena of science – physics. Paul Halpern’s book not only explores beyond the horizon of observation, but takes the subject of cosmology to within everyone’s reach. He does this in a fun, non-condescending way, which unlike many science writers makes the reader feel included in the journey the book takes.




    On this Universal voyage, we encounter Dark matter and Dark energy; imagine what could be behind these significantly influential, yet largely unknown phenomena, before navigating our way through higher dimensions and across the Multiverse.




    In addition to all the accurately, concise information, we find ourselves learning about the cosmos in a fun way, with everyday references and analogies. The book oozes the author’s enthusiasm for the subject. I hope and expect this book will make a strong impact and whet the appetite for Cosmology to many more amateurs (like me) and pure novices alike, and judging from advance praise from the book’s previewers, Paul’s professional peers also think the book is wonderful.

    5 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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