Alpha and Omega: The Search for the Beginning and End of the Universe
Penguin, 2004 M06 1 - 304 pages
Humankind has grappled for millennia with the fundamental questions of the origin and end of the universe--it was a focus of ancient religions and myths and of the inquiries of Aristotle, Galileo, Copernicus, Kepler, and Newton. Today we are at the brink of discoveries that should soon reveal the deepest secrets of the universe.
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. Scientists--including galaxy hunters and microwave eavesdroppers, gravity theorists and atom smashers, all of whom are on the trail of dark matter, dark energy, and the growing inhabitants of the particle zoo-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, even towering above the deciphering of the human genome.
This is the book you need to help understand the frequent front-page headlines heralding dramatic cosmological discoveries. It makes cutting-edge science both crystal clear and wonderfully exciting.
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Out of date now but okay ( has a glossary and ' expirements to watch ' ) Read full review
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Popular-level but authoritative account of discoveries in cosmology's golden age (which we are privileged to be in the middle of). Read full review
The First Cosmology THE GOLDEN AGE OF THE GODS
The First Cosmological Revolution THE COPERNICAN THEORY
The Second Cosmological Revolution HUBBLE AND THE BIG BANG
The Third Revolution Begins THE UNIVERSE AMOK
The Music of the Spheres THE COSMIC MICROWAVE BACKGROUND
The Dark Universe WHATS THE MATTER WITH MATTER?
Darker Still THE ENIGMA OF EXOTIC DARK MATTER
The Big Bang in Our Backyard THE BIRTH OF BARYONS
The Good Nus THE EXOTIC NEUTRINO
Supersymmetry FEARLESSLY FRAMING THE LAWS OF MATTER
Seeing the Invisible MACHOS WIMPS AND ILLUMINATING THE DARKEST REGIONS OF THE UNIVERSE
The Deepest Mystery in Physics A THE VACUUM AND INFLATION
Wrinkles in Spacetime GRAVITATIONAL WAVES AND THE EARLY UNIVERSE
Beyond the Third Revolution VOYAGE TO THE ENDS OF TIME