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Author Barrow, John D., 1952-

Title The book of universes : exploring the limits of the cosmos / John D. Barrow.

Imprint New York : W.W. Norton, 2011.


Location Call No. Status
 GDL Central Library Non-Fiction    523.1 BAR    Available
 PAS Central Library Non-Fiction, 3rd Floor    523.1 BAR    Available
Edition 1st American ed.
Description xiv, 354 p. : ill. ; 25 cm.
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index.
Contents Being in the right place at the right time. Two men walking ; Funny things, universes ; The importance of place ; Aristotle's spherical universe ; Ptolemy's 'Heath Robinson' universe ; Copernican revolutions -- The earnestness of being important. Special times and special places ; Democratic laws ; The changing universe ; The nebular hypothesis ; Life in an Edwardian universe ; The decaying universe ; Karl Schwarzschild : the man who knew too much -- Einstein's universes. Completing a Copernican vision ; Einstein's insight ; A digression ; The creation of Einstein's universe of motionless matter ; The second universe : de Sitter's universe of matterless motion ; Friedmann's universes of matter in motion ; Lemaître's universes ; The universe of Einstein and de Sitter ; Tolman's oscillating universe ; Lemaître and Tolman's kinky universe ; Milne's universe (and Newton's universes) -- Unexpected universes : the Rococo period. Fractal universes ; Dr Kasner's universe ; Dirac's universe : where gravity decays ; Einstein and Rosen's undulating universe -- Something completely different. A Swiss-cheese universe ; Perturbed universes ; Schrödinger's universe ; Gödel's spinning universe -- The steady statesmen come and go with a bang. A universe that always was, is and is to come ; A table-top universe ; The electric universe ; Hot universes -- Universes, warts and all. Turbulent universes ; Distorted universes : from one to nine ; Smooth universes and a new observational window ; Chaotic universes ; Mixmaster universes ; Magnetic universes ; The universes of Brans and Dicke ; Matter-antimatter universes -- The beginning for beginners. Singular universes ; Which universes are singular? ; Cold and tepid universes ; An unexpectedly simpler universe ; And a unified way of thinking -- Brave new worlds. Asymmetric universes ; Problem universes ; Inflationary universes ; Chaotic inflationary universes ; Eternal inflationary universes ; Suddenly, the universe seems simpler again ; The many universes run out of control -- Post-modern universes. Random universes ; Probable universes ; Anthropic universes ; Possible universes ; Home-made universes ; Naturally selected universes ; Fake universes ; Universes where nothing is original ; Boltzmann's universe -- Fringe universes. Wrap-around universes ; Quantum universes ; A self-creating universe ; Colliding universes ; The dying of the light ; Hyperuniverses -- The runaway universe. The best-buy universe ; The preposterous universe ; The puzzling universe.
Summary An unforgettable tour of the strange and wonderful universes that modern physics posits might-just might-be out there.
Subject Cosmology.
Physical laws.
Einstein field equations.
ISBN 0393081214 (hardcover)
9780393081213 (hardcover)

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