Before the Big Bang: The Prehistory of Our Universe

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St. Martin's Press, Aug 4, 2009 - Science - 320 pages
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According to a recent survey, the most popular question about science from the general public was: what came before the Big Bang? We all know on some level what the Big Bang is, but we don't know how it became the accepted theory, or how we might know what came before. In Before the Big Bang, Brian Clegg (the critically acclaimed author of Upgrade Me and The God Effect) explores the history of this remarkable concept. From the earliest creation myths, through Hershel's realization that the Milky Way was one of many galaxies, to on-going debates about Black Holes, this is an incredible look at the origins of the universe and the many theories that led to the acceptance of the Big Bang. But in classic scientist fashion Clegg challenges the notion of the "Big Bang" itself, and raises the deep philosophical question of why we might want to rethink the origin of the universe. This is popular science at its best, exploratory, controversial, and utterly engrossing.

 

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User Review  - antao - www.librarything.com

A friend of mine many eons ago said "all we have left to do is cross the T's and dot the I's". I was skeptical then and now I just laugh. He liked to look through a telescope and he believed what he ... Read full review

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User Review  - jefware - LibraryThing

The Big Bang plus Inflation, colliding branes, holographic principles ... they are all here and given equal time. Really emphasized how much we DON'T know about the creation of the universe. Materialists like to pretend it is well understood, but it is a BIG MYSTERY. Read full review

Contents

1 BIG BANG PRIMER
1
2 ENTER THE CREATOR
7
3 WHAT AND HOW BIG?
20
4 HOW OLD?
64
5 A BANG OR A WHIMPER?
81
6 KEEPING THINGS STEADY
116
7 INFLATING THE TRUTH
135
8 LET THERE BE TIME
176
9 GROUNDHOG UNIVERSE
186
10 LIVING IN A BUBBLE
226
11 WELCOME TO THE MATRIX
247
12 SNAPSHOT UNIVERSE
264
NOTES
293
INDEX
299
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BRIAN CLEGG is the author of A Brief History of Infinity, The First Scientist: A Life of Roger Bacon, and Light Years: The Extraordinary Story of Mankind's Fascination with Light, and Upgrade Me: Our Search for Human 2.0. He holds a physics degree from Cambridge and has written regular columns, features, and reviews for numerous magazines. He lives in Wiltshire, England, with his wife and two children.

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