The Last Three Minutes: Conjectures About The Ultimate Fate Of The Universe

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Basic Books, 2008 - Science - 176 pages
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Ragnarok. Armageddon. Doomsday. Since the dawn of time, man has wondered how the world would end. In "The Last Three Minutes, " Paul Davies reveals the latest theories. It might end in a whimper, slowly scattering into the infinite void. Then again, it might be yanked back by its own gravity and end in a catastrophic Big Crunch. There are other, more frightening possibilities. We may be seconds away from doom at this very moment.

Written in clear language that makes the cutting-edge science of quarks, neutrinos, wormholes, and metaverses accessible to the layman, "The Last Three Minutes" treats readers to a wide range of conjectures about the ultimate fate of the universe. Along the way, it takes the occasional divergent path to discuss some slightly less cataclysmic topics such as galactic colonization, what would happen if the Earth were struck by the comet Swift-Tuttle (a distinct possibility), the effects of falling in a black hole, and how to create a baby universe. Wonderfully morbid to the core, this is one of the most original science books to come along in years."

 

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Contents

Doomsday
2
The Dying Universe
10
The First Three Minutes
20
Stardoom
38
Nightfall
50
Weighing the Universe
68
Forever Is a Long Time
84
Life in the Slow Lane
102
Life in the Fast Lane
120
Sudden Deathand Rebirth
128
Worlds without End?
142
Bibliography
158
Index
160
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Paul Davies is a professor of natural philosophy at the University of Adelaide, South Australia. He is the author of more than twenty books, including The Mind of God, The Cosmic Blueprint, Superforce, and Are We Alone? He won the 1995 Templeton Prize for Progress in Religion for his contributions to religious thought and inquiry.

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