The Ultimate Fate of the Universe

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This book describes what will ultimately happen to the contents of the universe. To understand the universe in the far future, we must first describe its present state and structure on the grand scale, and how its present properties arose. Dr Islam explains these topics in an accessible way in the first part of the book. From this background he speculates about the future evolution of the universe and predicts the major changes that will occur. The author has largely avoided mathematical formalism and therefore ...

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Overview

This book describes what will ultimately happen to the contents of the universe. To understand the universe in the far future, we must first describe its present state and structure on the grand scale, and how its present properties arose. Dr Islam explains these topics in an accessible way in the first part of the book. From this background he speculates about the future evolution of the universe and predicts the major changes that will occur. The author has largely avoided mathematical formalism and therefore the book is well suited to general readers with a modest background knowledge of physics and astronomy.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780521113120
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
  • Publication date: 6/18/2009
  • Pages: 168
  • Product dimensions: 5.51 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.39 (d)

Table of Contents

1. Introduction; 2. Our galaxy; 3. The large-scale structure of the universe; 4. Elementary particles - a preliminary look; 5. Is the universe open or closed? 6. Three ways for a star to die; 7. Black holes and quasars; 8. Galactic and supergalactic black holes; 9. A black hole is not forever; 10. Slow and subtle changes; 11. Future of life and civilization; 12. A collapsing universe; 13. the steady state theory; 14. The stability of the proton; 15. Epilogue; Glossary; Bibliography; Index.

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