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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Review: The Last Three Minutes: Conjectures About The Ultimate Fate Of The Universe (Science Masters)

User Review  - Mary - Goodreads

I read this book for an intro honors physics class in college. I found it easy to read and understand. Even with tough subjects and no previous knowledge in the field, I was able to read this book ... Read full review

Review: The Last Three Minutes: Conjectures About The Ultimate Fate Of The Universe (Science Masters)

User Review  - Peter Ellwood - Goodreads

An entertaining and often interesting assembly of ideas around what might happen in the last three minutes of the universe, whether big bounce, fading away like a pair of cosmic jeans, or big crunch ... Read full review


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The First Three Minutes
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Forever Is a Long Time
Life in the Slow Lane
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Sudden Deathand Rebirth
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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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