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Alpha and Omega : The Search for the Beginning and End of the Universe

Alpha and Omega : The Search for the Beginning and End of the Universe - 03 edition

ISBN13: 978-0670031795

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Alpha and Omega : The Search for the Beginning and End of the Universe - 03 edition

ISBN13: 978-0670031795

Charles Seife

ISBN13: 978-0670031795
ISBN10: 0670031798
Cover type:
Edition/Copyright: 03
Publisher: Viking

Published: 2003
International: No
Summary

Alpha and Omega is a dispatch from the front lines of the cosmological revolution that is being waged at observatories and laboratories around the world - in Europe, in America, and even in Antarctica - where scientists are actually peering into both the cradle of the universe and its grave. The cast of characters includes galaxy hunters and microwave eavesdroppers, gravity theorists and atom smashers, all of whom are on the trait of dark matter, dark energy, and the growing inhabitants of the particle zoo. Scientists now know how the universe will end and are on the brink of understanding its beginning. Their findings will be among the greatest triumphs of science, towering above even the deciphering of the human genome.

Table of Contents

Preface

1 The First Cosmology: The Golden Age of the Gods
2 The First Cosmological Revolution: The Copernican Theory
3 The Second Cosmological Revolution: Hubble and the Big Bang
4 The Third Revolution Begins: The Universe Amok
5 The Music of the Spheres: The Cosmic Microwave Background
6 The Dark Universe: What's the Matter with Matter?
7 Darker Still: The Enigma of Exotic Dark Matter
8 The Big Bang in Our Backyard: The Birth of Baryons
9 The Good Nus: The Exotic Neutrino
10 Supersymmetry: Fearlessly Framing the Laws of Matter
11 Seeing the Invisible: MACHOs, WIMPs, and Illuminating the Darkest Regions of the Universe
12 The Deepest Mystery in Physics: [Lambda], the Vacuum, and Inflation
13 Wrinkles in Spacetime: Gravitational Waves and the Early Universe
14 Beyond the Third Revolution: Voyage to the Ends of Time

Appendix A Tired Light Retired
Appendix B Where Does Matter Come From?
Appendix C Nobel Prizes in Physics - Past and Future
Appendix D Some Experiments to Watch
Glossary
Select Bibliography
Acknowledgments
Index

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