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Endless Universe
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A radical, yet accessible, new theory of the origins and future of the universe by two of the world's leading cosmologists The first serious challenge to the widely accepted 'Big Bang' model of the universe. According to 'Big Bang' theory, space and time sprang into existence fifteen billion years ago: a super-heated fireball of near infinite density that expanded at phenomenal speed. As it continued to expand, it cooled and condensed to create the galaxies, stars and planets we see today. But the theory has always had flaws and they have become increasingly difficult to reconcile. Why is the distribution of matter and radiation in the universe so uniform? Why is space flat rather than curved, as Einstein's theory of general relativity suggests? And where did the seeds for forming galaxies come from? To resolve these issues, Turok and Steinhardt propose a very different model of the universe. They argue that it is without beginning or end, truly an ENDLESS UNIVERSE. This highly accessible book chronicles the last thirty years of cosmology; it explains the discovery of 'dark energy', 'dark matter' and addresses the question of when the next collision might occur between our worlds and the parallel dimensions in space.
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The first serious alternative to 'the big bang' theory Written by two of the world's leading cosmologists A revolutionary idea explained in an accessible way 'A challenging alternative to the accepted picture of the big bang and the future of the universe' Professor Stephen Hawking '[Steinhardt and Turok] argue persuasively for the elegance of their idea' Guardian 'A highly readable account of two scientists' struggle to imagine the universe... captures excellently the excitement of scientific advance' Physics World 'This book is a strike at the facade of certainty that pervades cosmology... it deserves to be widely read' Focus 'Paul Steinhardt and Neil Turok, two architects of modern cosmology, have written an accessible and engaging account of their exciting new theory of cosmic origins' Brian Greene 'Read Steinhardt and Turok's dramatic and very readable account of their cyclic model of the universe. It may be closer to the truth than you think!' Roger Penrose 'Two brilliant theorists offer a true-to-life account of their quest to solve one of the deepest mysteries of the cosmos' Sir Martin Rees

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Neil Turok is professor of Mathematical Physics at Cambridge University. He was born in South Africa and read Natural Sciences at Churchill College Cambridge before taking a PhD at Imperial College. His recent appointments have been as Reader in Physics at Imperial College, and Full Professor of Physics at Princeton. He lives in Cambridge. PAUL J. STEINHARDT is the Albert Einstein Professor in science and on the faculty of the departments of physics and astrophysical sciences at Princeton University. NEIL TUROK is professor of Mathematical Physics at Cambridge University. He read Natural Sciences at Churchill College Cambridge before taking a PhD at Imperial College. His recent appointments have been as Reader in Physics at Imperial College, and Full Professor of Physics at Princeton.

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A very readable tale of scientific investigation * DAILY EXPRESS *

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