The Edge of Infinity: Where the Universe Came from and how it Will End
An eminent physicist writes of the physics of the future when uncontrolled gravity could destroy the orderly, predictable operation of the cosmos by creating singularities.
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The cosmic connection
Measuring the infinite
Space and time in crisis
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