13,8: The Quest to Find the True Age of the Universe and the Theory of Everything

13,8: The Quest to Find the True Age of the Universe and the Theory of Everything

by John Gribbin

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13,8: The Quest to Find the True Age of the Universe and the Theory of Everything by John Gribbin

A celebrated astronomer makes a powerful case for the harmony between two of physics' most important and seemingly contradictory theories The twentieth century gave us two great theories of physics. The general theory of relativity describes the behavior of very large things, and quantum theory the behavior of very small things. In this landmark book, John Gribbin—one of the best-known science writers of the past thirty years—presents his own version of the Holy Grail of physics, the search that has been going on for decades to find a unified “Theory of Everything” that combines these ideas into one mathematical package, a single equation that could be printed on a T-shirt, containing the answer to life, the Universe, and everything. With his inimitable mixture of science, history, and biography, Gribbin shows how—despite skepticism among many physicists—these two great theories are very compatible, and point to a deep truth about the nature of our existence. The answer lies, intriguingly, with the age of the universe: 13.8 billion years.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9785001002055
Publisher: Bookwire
Publication date: 08/05/2016
Sold by: Bookwire
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 244
File size: 2 MB

About the Author

Джон Гриббин родился в 1946 году в городе Мейдстон, графство Кент (Великобритания). Он изучал физику в Сассекском университете, там же получил степень магистра астрономии, а над докторской диссертацией работал в Институте астрономии Кембриджского университета. Получив опыт работы в журналах Nature и New Scientist, Джон сосредоточился на написании книг на научные темы — от тайн Вселенной и Мультивселенной до истории науки; его труды неоднократно удостаивались наград в Великобритании и США. Перу Гриббина принадлежат биографии Альберта Эйнштейна, Стивена Хокинга, Ричарда Фейнмана, Галилео Галилея, Бадди Холли и Джеймса Лавлока. С 1993 года Гриббин читает лекции по астрономии в Сас­секс­ком университете.

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