The Book of Universes by John D. Barrow
Exploring the Limits of the Cosmos

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An unforgettable tour of the strange and wonderful universes that modern physics posits might-just might-be out there.

Einstein's theory of general relativity opens the door to other universes, and weird universes at that: universes that allow time travel, universes where you can see the back of your head, universes that spin and bounce or multiply without limit. The Book of Universes gives us a stunning tour of these potential universes, introducing us along the way to the brilliant physicists and mathematicians who first revealed their startling possibilities. John D. Barrow explains the latest discoveries and ideas that physics and astronomy have to offer about our own universe, showing how these findings lead to the concept of the "multiverse"―the Universe of all possible universes. New ideas force us to confront the possibility that our visible universe is a tiny region, governed by its own laws, within a Multiverse containing all the strange universes that could be―an idea that is among the most exciting and revolutionary in all of modern science. 112 black-and-white illustrations
 

About John D. Barrow

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John D. Barrow is a professor of mathematical sciences and director of the Millennium Mathematics Project at Cambridge University and a Fellow of the Royal Society. He is known internationally for his research in cosmology and for his popular science writing. He lives in Cambridge, UK.
 
Published June 20, 2011 by W. W. Norton & Company. 368 pages
Genres: Science & Math. Non-fiction

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for that, we need “other null mathematical entities” that embrace the concept of a set that has no numbers within it, and here and hereafter Barrow’s lightly borne argument takes a somewhat more technical turn, leading into still more difficult concepts of quantum physics, many having to do with ...

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After Karl Schwarzschild pointed out that the universe need not conform to Euclidean geometry, alternative models proliferated: Willem de Sitter, Georges Lemaître and the Russian mathematician Alexander Friedmann found ways to tweak the known variables to find possible universes.

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(Apr.)Forecast:While this may appeal less to general readers than Cole's book, science aficionados will greatly enjoy the insights, the detail and the calculations.

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Barrow reviews how Einstein's relativity theory gave physicists a new kind of mathematics that led to notions of an expanding universe, an oscillating universe that repeatedly expands and shrinks over billions of years, and the big bang theory of the universe's origins.

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The three concluding chapters of The Book of Universes have evocative titles, Post-Modern Universes, Fringe Universes, and Runaway Universes, and in them even more imaginative theories are explored.

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Each gene encodes instructions for proteins but genes can be turned off or on and non-genetic or epigenetic factors can determine what genes do or don't do.

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Each gene encodes instructions for proteins but genes can be turned off or on and non-genetic or epigenetic factors can determine what genes do or don't do.

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Each gene encodes instructions for proteins but genes can be turned off or on and non-genetic or epigenetic factors can determine what genes do or don't do.

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Each gene encodes instructions for proteins but genes can be turned off or on and non-genetic or epigenetic factors can determine what genes do or don't do.

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that our universe is just a corner of an immense tapestry in which all the potential universes - and others we probably won't ever be able to comprehend - exist.

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It took a wealth of brilliant minds, abstract thinkers, and dedicated theorizing to bring us here, and The Book of Universes chronicles that journey from our earliest days to the present.

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