The Matter Myth: Dramatic Discoveries that Challenge Our Understanding of Physical Reality

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Simon and Schuster, Oct 23, 2007 - Science - 320 pages
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In this sweeping survey, acclaimed science writers Paul Davies and John Gribbin provide a complete overview of advances in the study of physics that have revolutionized modern science. From the weird world of quarks and the theory of relativity to the latest ideas about the birth of the cosmos, the authors find evidence for a massive paradigm shift. Developments in the studies of black holes, cosmic strings, solitons, and chaos theory challenge commonsense concepts of space, time, and matter, and demand a radically altered and more fully unified view of the universe.
 

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THE MATTER MYTH: Dramatic Discoveries that Challenge Our Understanding of Physical Reality

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English astrophysicist-cum-science writer Gribbin (co-author, Cosmic Coincidences, 1989, etc.) and mathematical physicist Davies (Univ. of Adelaide, Australia; The Cosmic Blueprint, 1988, etc.) have ... Read full review

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Wormholes, cosmic strings, quarks, relativity, quantum mechanics--Davis and Gribbin explain all the basic elements of the universe in a comprehensive summary of modern physics written on the layperson ... Read full review

Contents

Preface
7
Chaos and the Liberation of Matter
30
The Mysterious Present
63
Confessions of a Relativist
99
The Universe at Large
112
And the Last
174
Quantum Weirdness
197
The Cosmic Network
235
Beyond the Infinite Future
261
The Living Universe
284
Bibliography
310
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PAUL DAVIES is Director of the Beyond Center at Arizona State University and the bestselling author of more than twenty books. He won the 1995 Templeton Prize for his work on the deeper meaning of science. His books include About Time, The Fifth Miracle, and The Mind of God.

JOHN GRIBBIN trained as an astrophysicist at Cambridge University before becoming a full-time science writer. He is now a Visiting Fellow in Astronomy at the University of Sussex. His other books include the bestselling In Search of Schrödinger's Cat and In Search of the Big Bang.

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