Edge of the Universe A Voyage to the Cosmic Horizon and Beyond

ISBN-10: 0470636246

ISBN-13: 9780470636244

Edition: 2012

Authors: Paul Halpern

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An accessible look at the mysteries that lurk at the edge of the known universe and beyondThe observable universe, the part we can see with telescopes, is incredibly vast. Yet recent theories suggest that there is far more to the universe than what our instruments record—in fact, it could be infinite. Colossal flows of galaxies, large empty regions called voids, and other unexplained phenomena offer clues that our own "bubble universe" could be part of a greater realm called the multiverse. How big is the observable universe? What it is made of? What lies beyond it? Was there a time before the Big Bang? Could space have unseen dimensions? In this book, physicist and science writer Paul Halpern explains what we know—and what we hope to soon find out—about our extraordinary cosmos.Explains what we know about the Big Bang, the accelerating universe, dark energy, dark flow, and dark matter to examine some of the theories about the content of the universe and why its edge is getting farther away from us fasterExplores the idea that the observable universe could be a hologram and that everything that happens within it might be written on its edgeWritten by physicist and popular science writer Paul Halpern, whose other books include Collider: The Search for the World's Smallest Particles, and What's Science Ever Done For Us: What the Simpsons Can Teach Us About Physics, Robots, Life, and the Universe
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List price: $29.95
Copyright year: 2012
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons Canada, Limited
Publication date: 10/1/2012
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 240
Size: 6.50" wide x 9.50" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 1.342
Language: English

Prologue: Cosmology's Extraordinary: New Frontiers
How Far Out Can We See?: Voyage to the Edge of the Known Universe
How Was the Universe Born?: Revealing the Dawn of Time
How Far Away Will the Edge Get?: The Discovery of the Accelerating Universe
Why Does the Universe Seem So Smooth?: The Inflationary Era
What Is Dark Energy?: Will It Tear Space Apart?
Do We Live in a Hologram?: Exploring the Boundaries of Information
Are There Alternatives to Inflation?: Extra Dimensions and the Big Bounce
What Builds Structure in the Universe?: The Search for Dark Matter
What Is Tugging on Galaxies?: The Mysteries of Dark Flow and the Great Attractor
What Is the "Axis of Evil"?: Investigating Strange Features of the Cosmic Background
What Are the Immense Blasts of Energy from the Farthest Reaches of Space?: Gamma-Ray Bursts and the Quest for Cosmic Dragons
Can We Journey to Parallel Universes?: Wormholes as Gateways
Is The Universe Constantly Splitting into Multiple Realities?: The Many-Worlds Hypothesis
How Will the Universe End?: With a Bang, Bounce, Crunch, Rip, Stretch, or Whimper?
What Are the Ultimate Limits of Our Knowledge about the Cosmos?
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