Just Six Numbers The Deep Forces That Shape the Universe

ISBN-10: 0465036732
ISBN-13: 9780465036738
Edition: N/A
Authors: Martin J. Rees
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Description: Astronomer Rees (Cambridge U.) describes new theories in speculative cosmology in language accessible to the lay reader. The "six numbers" in the title refer to six constant values that describe and define everything from the way atoms are held  More...

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Book details

List price: $15.99
Publisher: Basic Books
Publication date: 5/3/2001
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 208
Size: 5.25" wide x 8.00" long x 0.65" tall
Weight: 0.484
Language: English

Astronomer Rees (Cambridge U.) describes new theories in speculative cosmology in language accessible to the lay reader. The "six numbers" in the title refer to six constant values that describe and define everything from the way atoms are held together to the amount of matter in the universe. Coverage includes the relationship between the cosmos and the microworld, gravity, the periodic table, dark matter, planets, stars, and life in the universe. c. Book News Inc.

List of Illustrations
Preface
Acknowledgements
The cosmos and the microworld
Our cosmic habitat I: planets, stars and life
The large number N: gravity in the cosmos
Stars, the periodic table, and [varepsilon]
Our cosmic habitat II: beyond our galaxy
The fine-tuned expansion: dark matter and [Omega]
The number [lambda]: is cosmic expansion slowing or speeding?
Primordial 'ripples': the number Q
Our cosmic habitat III: what lies beyond our horizon?
Three dimensions (and more)
Coincidence, providence - or multiverse?
Notes
Index

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