How the Universe Got Its Spots Diary of a Finite Time in a Finite Space

ISBN-10: 1400032725
ISBN-13: 9781400032723
Edition: 2003 (Reprint)
Authors: Janna Levin
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Book details

List price: $15.95
Copyright year: 2003
Publisher: Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
Publication date: 8/12/2003
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 240
Size: 5.25" wide x 8.00" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.550
Language: English

Is the universe infinite or just really big? With this question, the gifted young cosmologist Janna Levin not only announces the central theme of her intriguing and controversial new book but establishes herself as one of the most direct and unorthodox voices in contemporary science. For even as she sets out to determine how big “really big” may be, Levin gives us an intimate look at the day-to-day life of a globe-trotting physicist, complete with jet lag and romantic disturbances. Nimbly synthesizing geometry, topology, chaos and string theories, Levin shows how the pattern of hot and cold spots left over from the big bang may one day reveal the size and shape of the cosmos. She does so with such originality, lucidity—and even poetry—that How the Universe Got Its Spots becomes a thrilling and deeply personal communication between a scientist and the lay reader.

Acknowledgments
Preface
Is the Universe Infinite or Is It Just Really Big?
Infinity
Newton, 300 Years, and Einstein
Special Relativity
General Relativity
Quantum Chance and Choice
Death and Black Holes
Life and the Big Bang
Beyond Einstein
Adventures in Flatland and Hyperspace
Topology: Links, Locks, Loops
Through the Looking Glass
Wonderland in 3D
Mirrors in the Sky
How the Universe Got Its Spots
The Ultimate Prediction
Scars of Creation
The Shape of Things to Come
Epilogue
Index

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