The Wraparound Universe

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Taylor & Francis, Mar 21, 2008 - Mathematics - 316 pages
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What shape is the universe? Is it curved and closed in on itself? Is it expanding? Where is it headed? Could space be wrapped around itself, such that it produces ghost images of faraway galaxies? Such are the questions posed by Jean-Pierre Luminet in The Wraparound Universe, which he then addresses in clear and accessible language. An expert in black holes and the big bang, he leads us on a voyage through the surprising byways of space-time, where possible topologies of the universe, explorations of the infinite, and cosmic mirages combine their mysterious traits and unlock the imagination. The Wraparound Universe is a general-audience book about the overall topology or shape of the universe. The central question addressed is whether it is possible that the universe is wrapped around in an interesting way, and what impact this would have on astronomical observations and our understanding of cosmology. Along the way many of the general features and much of the history of the modern picture of cosmology are discussed.

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Jean-Pierre Luminet is a world-known astrophysicist at the Meudon Observatory in France and a leading expert on black holes, cosmology, and the new field of cosmic topology. He was awarded the 2006 Great Prize of the French Academy of Sciences for Science Communication, and the 1999 International Georges Lemaitre Prize for his original contributions to cosmology and astrophysics.He has published several dozen articles in refereed journals such as Nature, Astrophysical Journal, Astronomy and Astrophysics, and many others. In addition to his research work he has published three acclaimed novels and several poetry books.

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