The Origin of the Universe

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There is no more profound, enduring or fascinating question in all of science than that of how time, space, and matter began. Now John Barrow, who has been at the cutting edge of research in this area and has written extensively about it, guides us on a journey to the beginning of time, into a world of temperatures and densities so high that we cannot recreate them in a laboratory. With new insights, Barrow draws us into the latest speculative theories about the nature of time and the “inflationary universe,” ...

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Overview

There is no more profound, enduring or fascinating question in all of science than that of how time, space, and matter began. Now John Barrow, who has been at the cutting edge of research in this area and has written extensively about it, guides us on a journey to the beginning of time, into a world of temperatures and densities so high that we cannot recreate them in a laboratory. With new insights, Barrow draws us into the latest speculative theories about the nature of time and the “inflationary universe,” explains “wormholes,” showing how they bear upon the fact of our own existence, and considers whether there was a “singularity” at the inception of the universe. Here is a treatment so up-to-date and intellectually rich, deaing with ideas and speculation at the farthest frontier of science, that neither novice nor expert will want to miss what Barrow has to say. The Origin of the Universe is ”In the Beginning” for beginners—the latest information from a first-rate scientist and science writer.

There is no more profound or fascinating question in all science than that of how time, space and matter began. Now John Barrow, who has been at the cutting edge of research in this area, draws us into the latest theories and considers whether there was a "singularity" at the inception of the universe.

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Barrow (astronomy, U. of Sussex, England) investigates a wide range of cosmological questions, and reviews, in plain English, the latest discoveries, theories, and speculations about the early history of the universe, such as the inflationary-universe hypothesis and the possibility of wormhole links between disconnected parts of space and time. He discusses the significance of the COBE satellite observations and the information gathered by the Hubble telescope. Includes numerous b&w diagrams. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Moving to the frontier questions of modern cosmology, the author explains the complex physical processes that we now know govern the origin of the universe, discussing theories regarding time, space, cosmic wormholes, and more. B&W diagrams.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780465053148
  • Publisher: Basic Books
  • Publication date: 5/30/1997
  • Series: Science Masters Series
  • Edition description: REPRINT
  • Pages: 176
  • Product dimensions: 4.81 (w) x 7.54 (h) x 0.44 (d)

Meet the Author

John Barrow is a professor of astronomy at the University of Sussex, England. He is a co-author of The Anthropic Cosmological Principle, among other books.

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Table of Contents

Preface
1 The Universe in a Nutshell 1
2 The Great Vinversal Catalog 19
3 The Singularity and Other Problems 37
4 Inflation and the Particle Physicists 55
5 Inflation and the COBE Search 75
6 Time - an Even Briefer History 93
7 Into the Labyrinth 115
8 New Dimensions 129
Further Reading 139
Index 145
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