Once Before Time: A Whole Story of the Universe

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Vintage Books, 2011 - Science - 309 pages
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In his introduction to a revolutionary theory of the cosmos, Martin Bojowald shows how the big bang theory may give way to the big bounce theory, which describes our universe as an eternal series of expansions and contractions, with no beginning and no end.

In 2000, Bojowald, then a twenty-seven-year-old postdoctoral student at Pennsylvania State University, used a relatively new theory called loop quantum gravity—a cunning combination of Einstein's theory of gravity with quantum mechanics—to create a simple model of the universe. Loop quantum cosmology, or LQC, was born, and with it, a theory that managed to do something even Einstein's general theory of relativity had failed to do—illuminate the very birth of the universe.

 

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User Review  - KymmAC - LibraryThing

Bought it to familiarize myself with MB's style, as Alfredo asked me to edit their interview for O Metis (published in July2015). Probably will not finish it, but it is a down-to-earth take on quantum mojo. Read full review

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This one adopts the point of view of loop quantum gravity, an in-progress approach to reconciling general relativity with quantum physics. Less ballyhooed than string theory, it differs from the ... Read full review

Contents

PREFACE
vii
GRAVITATION
9
QUANTUM THEORY
41
AN INTERLUDE ON THE ROLE OF MATHEMATICS
68
QUANTUM GRAVITY
77
OBSERVATIONAL COSMOLOGY
131
THE ARROW OF TIME
217
COSMOGONY
237
ONE WORLD
257
IO THEORY OF EVERYTHING?
273
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Martin Bojowald is an associate professor of physics at Pennsylvania State University's Institute for Gravitation and the Cosmos. Originally from Germany, he now resides in Pennsylvania.

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