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Harper Collins, Aug 17, 2010 - Fiction - 100 pages

After an accident in a brilliant young physicist's most ambitious experiment, it appears: a wondrous sphere the size of a basketball, made of nothing known to science. Before long, it will be clear that this object has opened a vista on an entirely different universe, a newborn cosmos whose existence will rock this world and test one woman to the limit: the physicist who has ignited this thrilling adventure.

Only the author of the landmark novel Timescape could so plausibly take the reader behind the scenes of major scientific research, so boldly speculate about the consequences of paradigm-shifting discovery, and so vividly capture the intense human drama as the forces of academia, government, theology, and the mass media battle for control of a mysterious new reality. COSM is Gregory Benford at his provocative best, exploring ideas at the frontier of mankind's understanding, and posing profound questions about Creation, human destiny, and the riddle of godhood.


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First of Avon's new f/sf line (see also Danvers, below) relaunched under the Eos imprint: a near-future you-are-there account of physics and physicists from a writer/scientist who knows whereof he ... Read full review


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Avon launches Eos, its new sf/fantasy imprint, with a bang: a physics professor creates a new universe in her laboratory. Benford, himself a physics professor, has also won the United Nations Medal in Literature. Read full review

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Page 47 - How often have I said to you that when you have eliminated the impossible, whatever remains, however improbable, must be the truth?
Page 321 - All nature is but art, unknown to thee; All chance, direction, which thou canst not see; All discord, harmony not understood; All partial evil, universal good. And, spite of pride, in erring reason's spite, One truth is clear,
Page 307 - It is not from space that I must seek my dignity, but from the control of my thinking. I shall possess no more if I possess worlds. By space the world engulfs me and dwarfs me to an atom; by thought I comprehend the world.
Page 197 - You can listen to thunder after lightning and tell how close you came to getting hit. If you don't hear it you got hit, so never mind.
Page 1 - If you don't make mistakes, you're not working on hard enough problems. And that's a big mistake.
Page 198 - Experimental confirmation of a prediction is merely a measurement. An experiment disproving a prediction is a discovery.
Page 378 - A yearning for connection also explains why ancestor worship appears in so many cultures; one enters into a sense of progression, expecting to be included eventually in the company.

About the author (2010)

Gregory Benford is a professor of physics at the University of California, Irvine. He is a Woodrow Wilson Fellow, and was Visiting Fellow at Cambridge University. and in 1995 received the Lord Prize for contributions to sciences. His research encompasses both theory and experiments in the fields of astrophysics and plasma physics. His fiction has won many awards, including the Nebula Award for his novel Timescape. Dr. Benford makes his home in Laguna Beach, California.

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