Our Evolving Universe

Our Evolving Universe
Author: Malcolm S. Longair
Pages: 197
ISBN: 0521629756
Available:
Release: 1997-06-19
Editor: Cambridge University Press
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

Our Evolving Universe is a lucid, non-technical and infectiously enthusiastic introduction to current astronomy and cosmology. Highly illustrated throughout with the latest colour images from the world's most advanced telescopes, it also provides a colourful view of our Universe. Malcolm Longair takes us on a breathtaking tour of the most dramatic recent results astronomers have on the birth of stars, the hunt for black holes and dark matter, on gravitational lensing and the latest tests of the Big Bang. He leads the reader right up to understand the key questions that future research in astronomy and cosmology must answer. A clear and comprehensive glossary of technical terms is also provided. For the general reader, student or professional wishing to understand the key questions today's astronomers and cosmologists are trying to answer, this is an invaluable and inspiring read.

The Big Bang in Our Evolving Universe

The Big Bang in Our Evolving Universe
Author: Phillip James Edwin Peebles
Pages: 329
ISBN: OCLC:1055558136
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Release: 1997
Editor: Unknown
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

Origin And Evolution Of The Universe From Big Bang To Exobiology Second Edition

Origin And Evolution Of The Universe  From Big Bang To Exobiology  Second Edition
Author: Matthew A Malkan,Benjamin M Zuckerman
Pages: 248
ISBN: 9789811206474
Available:
Release: 2020-08-12
Editor: World Scientific
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

The book provides a broad overview of what we currently know about the Origin and Evolution of the Universe. The goal is to be scientifically comprehensive but concise. We trace the origins from the Big Bang and cosmic expansion, to the formation of galaxies, heavy elements, stars and planets as abodes for life. This field has made stunning progress since the first edition of this book. At that time, there were no known planets outside of our own Solar System (compared with the many thousands currently being studied). The origin of massive black holes was pure speculation (compared with the very recent detection of the first gravitational waves from space, produced by the cataclysmic merger of two surprisingly large black holes). And the most important energy in the Universe, now known as the Dark Energy which is accelerating the expansion, had not been discovered. We aim to bring lay readers with an interest in science 'up to speed' on all of these key discoveries that are part of the panorama of cosmic evolution, which has ultimately lead to our existence on Earth.

Until the End of Time

Until the End of Time
Author: Brian Greene
Pages: 448
ISBN: 9781524731687
Available:
Release: 2020-02-18
Editor: Vintage
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

Instant New York Times Bestseller A captivating exploration of deep time and humanity's search for purpose, from the world-renowned physicist and best-selling author of The Elegant Universe. "Few humans share Greene’s mastery of both the latest cosmological science and English prose." —The New York Times (A Notable Book of 2020) Until the End of Time is Brian Greene's breathtaking new exploration of the cosmos and our quest to find meaning in the face of this vast expanse. Greene takes us on a journey from the big bang to the end of time, exploring how lasting structures formed, how life and mind emerged, and how we grapple with our existence through narrative, myth, religion, creative expression, science, the quest for truth, and a deep longing for the eternal. From particles to planets, consciousness to creativity, matter to meaning—Brian Greene allows us all to grasp and appreciate our fleeting but utterly exquisite moment in the cosmos.

Cosmic Horizons

Cosmic Horizons
Author: Steven Soter,Neil deGrasse Tyson
Pages: 253
ISBN: 1565846028
Available:
Release: 2001
Editor: Unknown
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

Leading scientists offer a collection of essays that furnish illuminating explanations of recent discoveries in modern astrophysics--from the Big Bang to black holes--the possibility of life on other worlds, and the emerging technologies that make such research possible, accompanied by incisive profiles of such key figures as Carl Sagan and Georges Lemaetre. Original.

Living with the Stars

Living with the Stars
Author: Karel Schrijver,Iris Schrijver
Pages: 202
ISBN: 9780198727439
Available:
Release: 2015
Editor: Oxford University Press, USA
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

Living with the Stars describes the many fascinating connections between the universe and the human body, which range from the makeup of DNA and human cells, growth and aging, to stellar evolution and the beginning of the universe. This popular science book should be of interest to anyone who wonders about the processes going on in our human bodies that connect us to our environment on Earth, to the Solar System, to the stars in our Galaxy, and even tothe origin of the universe.

Cosmic Heritage

Cosmic Heritage
Author: Peter Shaver
Pages: 268
ISBN: 9783642202612
Available:
Release: 2011-08-26
Editor: Springer Science & Business Media
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

This book follows the evolutionary trail all the way from the Big Bang 13.7 billion years ago to conscious life today. It is an accessible introductory book written for the interested layperson – anyone interested in the ‘big picture’ coming from modern science. It covers a wide range of topics including the origin and evolution of our universe, the nature and origin of life, the evolution of life including questions of birth and death, the evolution of cognition, the nature of consciousness, the possibility of extraterrestrial life and the future of the universe. The book is written in a narrative style, as these topics are all parts of a single story. It concludes with a discussion on the nature and future of science.

The Big Bang

The Big Bang
Author: Joseph Silk,Professor of Astronomy and Physics Joseph Silk
Pages: 496
ISBN: 0716742462
Available:
Release: 2001
Editor: Henry Holt and Company
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

Our universe was born billions of years ago in a hot, violent explosion of elementary particles and radiation -- the big bang. What do we know about this ultimate moment of creation, and how do we know it?Drawing upon the latest theories and technology, The Big Bang, 3/e, is a sweeping, lucid account of the event that set the universe in motion. Award-winning astronomer and physicist Joseph Silk begins his story with the first microseconds of the big bang, on through the evolution of planets, stars, and galaxies, and into the distant future of our universe. He also explores the fascinating evidence for the big bang model and recounts the history of cosmological speculation. Revised and updated, the new edition features all the most recent astronomical advances, including: -- Photos and measurements from the Hubble Space Telescope, Cosmic Background Explorer Satellite, and Infrared Space Observatory-- Modern estimates of the age of the universe-- New ideas in string theory and superstring theory-- Recent experiments on neutrino detection-- New theories about the presence of dark matter in galaxies-- New devel

The Cosmic Revolutionary s Handbook

The Cosmic Revolutionary s Handbook
Author: Luke A. Barnes,Geraint F. Lewis
Pages: 286
ISBN: 9781108486705
Available:
Release: 2020-03-05
Editor: Cambridge University Press
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

Presents the observations that helped establish our theories of the cosmos, from a unique and engaging perspective.

Until the End of Time

Until the End of Time
Author: Brian Greene
Pages: 448
ISBN: 9781524731670
Available:
Release: 2020
Editor: Knopf
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

"From the world-renowned physicist, co-founder of the World Science Festival, and best-selling author of The Elegant Universe comes this utterly captivating exploration of deep time and humanity's search for purpose. Brian Greene takes readers on a breathtaking journey from the big bang to the end of time and invites us to ponder meaning in the face of this unimaginable expanse. He shows us how, from its original orderly state the universe has been moving inexorably toward chaos, and, still, remarkable structures have continually formed: the planets, stars, and galaxies that provide islands in a sea of disorder; biochemical mechanisms, including mutation and selection, animate life; neurons, information, and thought developed into complex consciousness which in turn gave rise to cultures and their timeless myths and creativity. And he describes, as well, how, in the deep reaches of the future, the nature of the universe will threaten the existence of matter itself. Through a series of nested stories Greene provides us with a clearer sense of how we came to be, a finer picture of where we are now, and a firmer understanding of where we are headed. Taken together, it is a completely new perspective on our place in the universe and on what it means to be human"--

The End of Everything

The End of Everything
Author: Katie Mack
Pages: 240
ISBN: 9781982103569
Available:
Release: 2020-08-04
Editor: Simon and Schuster
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

A NEW YORK TIMES NOTABLE BOOK OF 2020 NAMED A BEST BOOK OF THE YEAR BY * THE WASHINGTON POST * THE ECONOMIST * NEW SCIENTIST * PUBLISHERS WEEKLY * THE GUARDIAN From one of the most dynamic rising stars in astrophysics, an “engrossing, elegant” (The New York Times) look at five ways the universe could end, and the mind-blowing lessons each scenario reveals about the most important concepts in cosmology. We know the universe had a beginning. With the Big Bang, it expanded from a state of unimaginable density to an all-encompassing cosmic fireball to a simmering fluid of matter and energy, laying down the seeds for everything from black holes to one rocky planet orbiting a star near the edge of a spiral galaxy that happened to develop life as we know it. But what happens to the universe at the end of the story? And what does it mean for us now? Dr. Katie Mack has been contemplating these questions since she was a young student, when her astronomy professor informed her the universe could end at any moment, in an instant. This revelation set her on the path toward theoretical astrophysics. Now, with lively wit and humor, she takes us on a mind-bending tour through five of the cosmos’s possible finales: the Big Crunch, Heat Death, the Big Rip, Vacuum Decay (the one that could happen at any moment!), and the Bounce. Guiding us through cutting-edge science and major concepts in quantum mechanics, cosmology, string theory, and much more, The End of Everything is a wildly fun, surprisingly upbeat ride to the farthest reaches of all that we know.

The Big Bang

The Big Bang
Author: Joseph Silk,Professor of Astronomy and Physics Joseph Silk
Pages: 496
ISBN: 0716742462
Available:
Release: 2001
Editor: Henry Holt and Company
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

Our universe was born billions of years ago in a hot, violent explosion of elementary particles and radiation -- the big bang. What do we know about this ultimate moment of creation, and how do we know it?Drawing upon the latest theories and technology, The Big Bang, 3/e, is a sweeping, lucid account of the event that set the universe in motion. Award-winning astronomer and physicist Joseph Silk begins his story with the first microseconds of the big bang, on through the evolution of planets, stars, and galaxies, and into the distant future of our universe. He also explores the fascinating evidence for the big bang model and recounts the history of cosmological speculation. Revised and updated, the new edition features all the most recent astronomical advances, including: -- Photos and measurements from the Hubble Space Telescope, Cosmic Background Explorer Satellite, and Infrared Space Observatory-- Modern estimates of the age of the universe-- New ideas in string theory and superstring theory-- Recent experiments on neutrino detection-- New theories about the presence of dark matter in galaxies-- New devel

Endless Universe

Endless Universe
Author: Paul J. Steinhardt,Neil Turok
Pages: 256
ISBN: 9780385523110
Available:
Release: 2007-05-29
Editor: Crown
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

Two world-renowned scientists present an audacious new vision of the cosmos that “steals the thunder from the Big Bang theory.” —Wall Street Journal The Big Bang theory—widely regarded as the leading explanation for the origin of the universe—posits that space and time sprang into being about 14 billion years ago in a hot, expanding fireball of nearly infinite density. Over the last three decades the theory has been repeatedly revised to address such issues as how galaxies and stars first formed and why the expansion of the universe is speeding up today. Furthermore, an explanation has yet to be found for what caused the Big Bang in the first place. In Endless Universe, Paul J. Steinhardt and Neil Turok, both distinguished theoretical physicists, present a bold new cosmology. Steinhardt and Turok “contend that what we think of as the moment of creation was simply part of an infinite cycle of titanic collisions between our universe and a parallel world” (Discover). They recount the remarkable developments in astronomy, particle physics, and superstring theory that form the basis for their groundbreaking “Cyclic Universe” theory. According to this theory, the Big Bang was not the beginning of time but the bridge to a past filled with endlessly repeating cycles of evolution, each accompanied by the creation of new matter and the formation of new galaxies, stars, and planets. Endless Universe provides answers to longstanding problems with the Big Bang model, while offering a provocative new view of both the past and the future of the cosmos. It is a “theory that could solve the cosmic mystery” (USA Today).

Brilliant Blunders

Brilliant Blunders
Author: Mario Livio
Pages: 352
ISBN: 9781439192375
Available:
Release: 2014-05-27
Editor: Simon and Schuster
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

We all make mistakes. Nobody is perfect. And that includes five of the greatest scientists in history -- Charles Darwin, William Thomson (Lord Kelvin), Linus Pauling, Fred Hoyle, Albert Einstein. But the mistakes that these great scientists made helped science to advance. Indeed, as Mario Livio explains in this fascinating book, science thrives on error; it advances when erroneous ideas are disproven. All five scientists were great geniuses and fascinating human beings. Their blunders were part of their genius and part of the scientific process. Livio brilliantly analyses their errors to show where they were wrong and right, but what makes his book so enjoyable to read is Livio's analysis of the psychology of these towering figures. Along the way the reader learns an enormous amount about the evolution of life on earth and in the universe, but from an unusual vantage point -- the mistakes of great scientists rather than the achievements that made them famous.

Our Superstring Universe

Our Superstring Universe
Author: L. E. Lewis
Pages: 164
ISBN: 9780595275892
Available:
Release: 2003
Editor: iUniverse
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

This book is intended as an introduction to what soon may prove to be the most important theory of science...ever. It is a theory that is still evolving, but it already shows great promise of explaining the most fundamental mysteries of nature. The theory is based on the simple concept of miniscule vibrating strings as the source of all matter and forces in our universe. Our Superstring Universe begins with the big bang and traces the evolution of matter and force strings as they form and become the building blocks of our evolving universe. Then the focus shifts to the properties of strings and how they fit into the current knowledge of particle physics. The book concludes with discussions of the quest for experimental proof of strings and a look into the sometimes surprising, and always amazing, potential of superstring-M theory.

Connecting Quarks with the Cosmos

Connecting Quarks with the Cosmos
Author: National Research Council,Division on Engineering and Physical Sciences,Board on Physics and Astronomy,Committee on the Physics of the Universe
Pages: 222
ISBN: 030917113X
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Release: 2003-03-12
Editor: National Academies Press
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

Advances made by physicists in understanding matter, space, and time and by astronomers in understanding the universe as a whole have closely intertwined the question being asked about the universe at its two extremesâ€"the very large and the very small. This report identifies 11 key questions that have a good chance to be answered in the next decade. It urges that a new research strategy be created that brings to bear the techniques of both astronomy and sub-atomic physics in a cross-disciplinary way to address these questions. The report presents seven recommendations to facilitate the necessary research and development coordination. These recommendations identify key priorities for future scientific projects critical for realizing these scientific opportunities.

The Evolving Universe and the Origin of Life

The Evolving Universe and the Origin of Life
Author: Pekka Teerikorpi,Mauri Valtonen,K. Lehto,Harry Lehto,Gene Byrd,Arthur Chernin
Pages: 522
ISBN: 9780387095349
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Release: 2008-12-29
Editor: Springer Science & Business Media
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

Sir Isaac Newton famously said, regarding his discoveries, "If I have seen further it is by standing upon the shoulders of giants." The Evolving Universe and the Origin of Life describes, complete with fascinating biographical details of the thinkers involved, the ascent to the metaphorical shoulders accomplished by the greatest minds in history. For the first time, a single book can take the reader on a journey through the history of the universe as interpreted by the expanding body of knowledge of humankind. From subatomic particles to the protein chains that form life, and expanding in scale to the entire universe, this book covers the science that explains how we came to be. The Evolving Universe and the Origin of Life contains a great breadth of knowledge, from astronomy to physics, from chemistry to biology. It includes over 350 figures that enhance the comprehension of concepts both basic and advanced, and is a non-technical, easy-to-read text at an introductory college level that is ideal for anyone interested in science as well as its history.

The Big Bang

The Big Bang
Author: Joseph Silk
Pages: 394
ISBN: 0716710854
Available:
Release: 1980-01-01
Editor: W.H. Freeman
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

Written for the nonspecialist, The Big Bang describes the greatest contemporary puzzles and achievements in astronomy, cosmology, and astrophysics, clearly recounting the history of the universe and examining current controversies from several points of view. The book concludes with self-contained appendix providing the basic mathematical framework for understanding modern cosmology.

Before Time Began

Before Time Began
Author: Helmut Satz
Pages: 192
ISBN: 9780198792420
Available:
Release: 2017-09-21
Editor: Oxford University Press
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

What is the origin of the universe? What was there before the universe appeared? We are currently witnessing a second Copernican revolution: neither our Earth and Sun, nor our galaxy, nor even our universe, are the end of all things. Beyond our world, in an endless multiverse, are innumerable other universes, coming and going, like ours or different. Fourteen billion years ago, one of the many bubbles constantly appearing and vanishing in the multiverse exploded to form our universe. The energy liberated in the explosion provided the basis for all the matter our universe now contains. But how could this hot, primordial plasma eventually produce the complex structure of our present world? Does not order eventually always lead to disorder, to an increase of entropy? Modern cosmology is beginning to find out how it all came about and where it all might lead. Before Time Began tells that story.

The Universe Before the Big Bang

The Universe Before the Big Bang
Author: Maurizio Gasperini
Pages: 208
ISBN: 9783540744214
Available:
Release: 2008-10-08
Editor: Springer Science & Business Media
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

Terms such as "expanding Universe", "big bang", and "initial singularity", are nowadays part of our common language. The idea that the Universe we observe today originated from an enormous explosion (big bang) is now well known and widely accepted, at all levels, in modern popular culture. But what happens to the Universe before the big bang? And would it make any sense at all to ask such a question? In fact, recent progress in theoretical physics, and in particular in String Theory, suggests answers to the above questions, providing us with mathematical tools able in principle to reconstruct the history of the Universe even for times before the big bang. In the emerging cosmological scenario the Universe, at the epoch of the big bang, instead of being a "new born baby" was actually a rather "aged" creature in the middle of its possibly infinitely enduring evolution. The aim of this book is to convey this picture in non-technical language accessibile also to non-specialists. The author, himself a leading cosmologist, draws attention to ongoing and future observations that might reveal relics of an era before the big bang.