The Inflationary Universe: The Quest for a New Theory of Cosmic Origins / Edition 1

The Inflationary Universe: The Quest for a New Theory of Cosmic Origins / Edition 1

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by Alan Guth
     
 

ISBN-10: 0201328402

ISBN-13: 9780201328400

Pub. Date: 02/28/1998

Publisher: Basic Books


This is the compelling, first-hand account of Alan Guth’s paradigm-breaking discovery of the origins of the universe—and of his dramatic rise from young researcher to physics superstar. Guth’s startling theory—widely regarded as one of the most important contributions to science during the twentieth century—states that the big bang was…  See more details below

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This is the compelling, first-hand account of Alan Guth’s paradigm-breaking discovery of the origins of the universe—and of his dramatic rise from young researcher to physics superstar. Guth’s startling theory—widely regarded as one of the most important contributions to science during the twentieth century—states that the big bang was set into motion by a period of hyper-rapid “inflation,” lasting only a billion-trillion-billionth of a second. The Inflationary Universe is the passionate story of one leading scientist’s effort to look behind the cosmic veil and explain how the universe began.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780201328400
Publisher:
Basic Books
Publication date:
02/28/1998
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
384
Sales rank:
408,052
Product dimensions:
6.14(w) x 9.26(h) x 1.13(d)

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Table of Contents

Foreword
Preface
1The Ultimate Free Lunch1
2The Cosmic Vista from Ithaca, New York17
3The Birth of Modern Cosmology33
4Echoes of a Scorching Past57
5Condensation of the Primordial Soup85
6Matters of Matter and Antimatter105
7The Particle Physics Revolution of the 1970s115
8Grand Unified Theories131
9Combatting the Magnetic Monopole Menace147
10The Inflationary Universe167
11The Aftermath of Discovery189
12The New Inflationary Universe201
13Wrinkles on a Smooth Background213
14Observational Clues from Deep Below and Far Beyond237
15The Eternally Existing, Self-Reproducing Inflationary Universe245
16Wormholes and the Creation of Universes in the Laboratory253
17A Universe Ex Nihilo271
Epilogue277
App. AGravitational Energy289
App. BNewton and the Infinite Static Universe295
App. CBlackbody Radiation299
App. DUnits and Measures305
Notes311
Glossary325
Credits345
Index347

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