Book of Universes Exploring the Limits of the Cosmos

ISBN-10: 0393343111
ISBN-13: 9780393343113
Edition: N/A
Authors: John D. Barrow
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Description: Einstein’s theory of general relativity opens the door for the study of other possible universes—and weird universes at that. The Book of Universes gives us a stunning tour of these potential universes, introducing us to the brilliant physicists and  More...

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List price: $16.95
Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company, Incorporated
Publication date: 6/11/2012
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 368
Size: 5.25" wide x 8.50" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 0.594
Language: English

Einstein’s theory of general relativity opens the door for the study of other possible universes—and weird universes at that. The Book of Universes gives us a stunning tour of these potential universes, introducing us to the brilliant physicists and mathematicians who first revealed these startling possibilities. John D. Barrow then explains the latest insights that physics and astronomy have to offer about our own universe, showing how they lead to the concept of the multiverse—the universe of all possible universes.A narrative laced with humor and poetry . . . mind-expanding.—Booklist, starred reviewA solid overview of the evolution of cosmology, with illuminating coverage of the current state of the art.—Kirkus ReviewsAs it turns out, exercising the brain cells in thinking about such matters is great fun, and The Book of Universes is an excellent place to start such an exploration.—New StatesmanEntertaining and accessible.—Publishers Weekly

Preface
Being in the Right Place at the Right Time
Two men walking
Funny things, universes
The importance of place
Aristotle's spherical universe
Ptolemy's 'Heath Robinson' universe
Copernican revolutions
The Earnestness of Being Important
Special times and special places
Democratic laws
The changing universe
The nebular hypothesis
Life in an Edwardian universe
The decaying universe
Karl Schwarzschild: the man who knew too much
Einstein's Universes
Completing a Copernican vision
Einstein's insight
A digression
The creation of Einstein's universe of motionless matter
The second universe: de Sitter s universe of matterless motion
Friedmann's universes of matter in motion
Lema�tre's universes
The universe of Einstein and de Sitter
Tolman's oscillating universe
Lema�tre and Tolman's kinky universe
Milne's universe (and Newton s universes)
Expected Universes: the Rococo Period
Fractal universes
Dr Kasner's universe
Dirac's universe-where gravity decays
Einstein and Rosen�s undulating universe
Something Completely Different
A Swiss-cheese universe
Perturbed universes
Schr�dinger's universe
G�del's spinning universe
The Steady Statesmen Come and Go with a Bang
A universe that always was, is and is to come
A table-top universe
The electric universe
Hot universes
Universes, Warts and All
Turbulent universes
Distorted universes: from one to nine
Smooth universes and a new observational window
Chaotic universes
Mixmaster universes
Magnetic universes
The universes of Brans and Dicke
Matter-antimatter universes
The Beginning for Beginners
Singular universes
Which universes are singular?
Cold and tepid universes
An unexpectedly simpler universe
And a unified way of thinking
Brave New Worlds
Asymmetric universes
Problem universes
Inflationary universes
Chaotic inflationary universes
Eternal inflationary universes
Suddenly, the universe seems simpler again
The many universes run out of control
Post-Modern Universes
Random universes
Probable universes
Anthropic universes
Possible universes
Home-made universes
Naturally selected universes
Fake universes
Universes where nothing is original
Boltzmann s universe
Fringe Universes
Wrap-around universes
Quantum universes
A self-creating universe
Colliding universes
The dying of the light
Hyperuniverses
The Runaway Universe
The best-buy universe
The preposterous universe
The puzzling universe
Notes
Picture Credits
Index

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