The Wondrous Universe: Creation without Creator?

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Springer Science & Business Media, Oct 28, 2011 - Science - 184 pages

The world as it is viewed from modern physics and cosmology has many strange and unexpected features. Often these are in stark contrast with our everyday experience or our preconceptions, such as the concept of space and time as finite and changeable. Nevertheless it is this strange world which is the fundamental basis of our existence. Therefore modern science also has a few things to say about the age-old questions: Who are we? – Where do we come from? – Where are we going?


The author, an experienced scientist and teacher, presents the knowledge that we have about our world for non-experts. He takes us on a journey through cosmology and the quantum world of elementary particles. And he sketches the impact of the insights gained into philosophical assumptions and religious beliefs in these disciplines. In the end he asks the speculative question whether there is something beyond the limits of the natural sciences.

 

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Contents

1 The Wondrous Universe
1
From the Big Bang to Black Holes
13
Quantum World and Elementary Particles
101
4 Boundaries and Transgressions
147
Bibliography
183
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Gerhard Börner is professor for physics at the Ludwig-Maximilians-University in Munich and does research on the early universe and dark matter at the Max-Planck-Institute for Astrophysics in Garching near Munich. He got his PhD with a thesis in particle physics under supervision by Werner Heisenberg and Hans-Peter Dürr. Gerhard Börner is the author of the successful graduate textbook "The Early Universe" (published by Springer now in its 4th edition) as well of several popular science books in cosmology. In 2009 Professor Dr. Gerhard Börner was honored by the Chinese Academy of Sciences Award for International Cooperation in Science and Technology (together with Prof. Maurice-Roger Bonnet). In 2010 he received the "Friendship Award", and in January 2011 the National Award for Cooperation in Science and Technology of the Chinese government, the highest honors bestowed on foreigners.

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