The Origin of the Universe

The Origin of the Universe

by John D. Barrow
     
 

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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 readers on a journey to the beginning of time, into a world of temperatures and densities so high that we cannot…  See more details below

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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 readers on a journey to the beginning of time, into a world of temperatures and densities so high that we cannot re-create them in the laboratory. With new insights, he 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, dealing with ideas and speculation at the farthest frontier of science, that neither novice nor expert will want to miss what Barrow has to say. He shows how scientists, by exploring crucial points of contact between the behavior of matter during its early history and the observed structure of the universe today, came to understand more fully all the entities in the universefrom elementary particles to great clusters of galaxies.

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Editorial Reviews

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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)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780465053544
Publisher:
Basic Books
Publication date:
10/07/1994
Series:
Science Masters Series
Pages:
176
Product dimensions:
5.92(w) x 9.56(h) x 0.74(d)
Lexile:
1320L (what's this?)

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Nancy M. Hagel
"It is a fascinating story, told with a wealth of analogy and a minimum of equations."
K. L. Schick
"As is usual for Barrow, the book is well-written and clear. It is is also thoroughly modern and up to date."

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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