An award-winning science writer takes us into the lab to answer some of life's biggest questions: How was the universe created? And could we create our own?
What if you could become God, with the ability to build a whole new universe? As startling as it sounds, modern physics suggests that within the next two decades, scientists may be able to perform this seemingly divine feat-to concoct an entirely new baby universe, complete with its own physical laws, star systems, galaxies, and even intelligent life. A Big Bang in a Little Room takes the reader on a journey through the history of cosmology and unravels-particle by particle, theory by theory, and experiment by experiment-the ideas behind this provocative claim made by some of the most respected physicists alive today. Beyond simply explaining the science, A Big Bang in a Little Room also tells the story of the people who have been laboring for more than thirty years to make this seemingly impossible dream a reality. What has driven them to continue on what would seem, at first glance, to be a quixotic quest?
This mind-boggling book reveals that we can nurse other worlds in the tiny confines of a lab, raising a daunting prospect: Was our universe, too, brought into existence by a daring creator?
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About the Author
Zeeya Merali is a journalist and author who has written for Scientific American, Nature, New Scientist, and Discover, as well as published two textbooks in collaboration with National Geographic. She lives in London, United Kingdom.
Table of Contents
1 God's Billboard: The Cosmic Microwave Background 1
2 Beyond Space and Time: The Quantum Realm 29
3 Inflating the Universe 55
4 Bursting inflation's Bubble 79
5 Universe to Multiverse 97
6 The Accidental Universe Makers 115
7 A Baby Universe, a String Multiverse, or God? Explaining Our Tailor-Made Universe 135
8 The Little Bang Theory, or How to Grow a Universe from a Monopole 153
9 Postcards from the Edge: Detecting and Communicating with Our Baby Universe 171
10 Living in the Matrix: A Self-Regulation Guide for Universe Makers 199