Alpha and Omega: The Search for the Beginning and End of the Universe

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Penguin, Jun 1, 2004 - Science - 304 pages
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Humankind has grappled for millennia with the fundamental questions of the origin and end of the universe--it was a focus of ancient religions and myths and of the inquiries of Aristotle, Galileo, Copernicus, Kepler, and Newton. Today we are at the brink of discoveries that should soon reveal the deepest secrets of the universe.

Alpha and Omega is a dispatch from the front lines of the cosmological revolution that is being waged at observatories and laboratories around the world-in Europe, in America, and even in Antarctica--where scientists are actually peering into both the cradle of the universe and its grave. Scientists--including galaxy hunters and microwave eavesdroppers, gravity theorists and atom smashers, all of whom are on the trail of dark matter, dark energy, and the growing inhabitants of the particle zoo-now know how the universe will end and are on the brink of understanding its beginning. Their findings will be among the greatest triumphs of science, even towering above the deciphering of the human genome.

This is the book you need to help understand the frequent front-page headlines heralding dramatic cosmological discoveries. It makes cutting-edge science both crystal clear and wonderfully exciting.

 

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Review: Alpha and Omega: The Search for the Beginning and End of the Universe

User Review  - Shubhanjan - Goodreads

As a book which gives a scientific historical perspective on development of cosmological thought, this is definitely a good read. However, by almost totally omitting anti matter and the nature of ... Read full review

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User Review  - BakuDreamer - LibraryThing

Out of date now but okay ( has a glossary and ' expirements to watch ' ) Read full review

Contents

Preface
Chapter1
Chapter2
Chapter3
Chapter4
Chapter5
Chapter6
Chapter7
Chapter12
Chapter13
Chapter14
AppendixA
AppendixB
AppendixC
AppendixD
Glossary

Chapter8
Chapter9
Chapter10
Chapter11
Select Bibliography
Acknowledgments
Index
Copyright

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About the author (2004)

Charles Seife is the author of five previous books, including Proofiness and Zero, which won the PEN/Martha Albrand Award for first nonfiction and was a New York Times notable book. He has written for a wide variety of publications, including The New York Times, Wired, New Scientist, Science, Scientific American, and The Economist. He is a professor of journalism at New York University and lives in New York City.

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