About Time Cosmology and Culture at the Twilight of the Big Bang

ISBN-10: 1439169608
ISBN-13: 9781439169605
Edition: N/A
Authors: Adam Frank
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Book details

List price: $18.00
Publisher: Free Press
Publication date: 9/11/2012
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 432
Size: 5.75" wide x 9.00" long x 1.25" tall
Weight: 1.100
Language: English

Now in paperback, “a phenomenal blend of science and cultural history” (Kirkus Reviews, starred review), About Time gives readers a peek into the cutting edge of cosmology, showing how it is intimately wedded to the texture of our daily lives.In About Time, Adam Frank explains how the texture of our lives changes along with our understanding of the universe’s origin. Since we awoke to self-consciousness 50,000 years ago, our lived experience of time—from hunting and gathering to the development of agriculture to the industrial revolution to the invention of Outlook calendars—has been transformed and rebuilt many times. But the latest theories in cosmology—time with no beginning, parallel universes, eternal inflation—are about to send us in a new direction.     Frank tells the story of humanity’s deepest question—when and how did everything begin?—alongside the story of how human beings have experienced time. He looks at the way our engagement with the world—our inventions, our habits, and more—has allowed us to discover the nature of the universe and how those discoveries, in turn, inform our daily experience.     This astounding book changes the way we think about time and how it affects our lives.

Prologue: Beginnings and Endings
Talking Sky, Working Stone and Living Field: From Prehistory to the Agricultural Revolution
The City, the Cycle and the Epicycle: From the Urban Revolution to a Rational Universe
The Clock, the Bell Tower and the Spheres of God: From the Medieval Monastery to the Renaissance Cosmos
Cosmic Machines, Illuminated Night and the Factory Clock: From Newton's Universe to Thermodynamics and the Industrial Revolution
The Telegraph, the Electric Clock and the Block Universe: The Imperatives of Simultaneity from Time Zones to Einstein's Cosmos
The Expanding Universe, Radio Hours and Washing Machine Time: Speed, Cosmology and Culture Between the World Wars
The Big Bang, Telstar and a New Armageddon: The Nuclear Big Bang's Triumph in a Televised Space Age
Inflation, Cell Phones and the Outlook Universe: Information Revolutions and the Big Bang Gets in Trouble
Wheels Within Wheels: Cyclic Universes and the Challenge of Quantum Gravity: Eternal Time Through Repeating Time
Ever-Changing Eternities: The Promise and Perils of a Multiverse: Eternal Inflation, Arrows of Time and the Anthropic Principle
Giving Up the Ghost: The End of Beginnings and the End of Time: Cosmology's Radical Alternatives in Three Acts
In the Fields of Leaning Grass: Ending the Beginning in Human and Cosmic Time
Acknowledgments
Notes
Bibliography
Illustration Credits
Index

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