The Origins of the Universe for Dummies

The Origins of the Universe for Dummies

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von: Stephen Pincock, Mark Frary

18,99 €

Verlag: For Dummies
Format: PDF
Veröffentl.: 16.03.2011
ISBN/EAN: 9780470518014
Sprache: englisch
Anzahl Seiten: 346

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Do you want to learn about the physical origin of the Universe, but don’t have the rest of eternity to read up on it? Do you want to know what scientists know about where you and your planet came from, but without the science blinding you? ‘Course you do – and who better than For Dummies to tackle the biggest, strangest and most wonderful question there is! The Origins of the Universe For Dummies covers: Early ideas about our universe Modern cosmology Big Bang theory Dark matter and gravity Galaxies and solar systems Life on earth Finding life elsewhere The Universe’s forecast
Introduction 1 Part I: In the Beginning: Early Ideas About Our Universe 7 Chapter 1: Exploring the Early Universe 9 Chapter 2: Looking Up at the Stars: Early Beliefs 17 Chapter 3: The Apple Drops: Newton, Gravity, and the Rotation of the Planets 27 Part II: Modern Cosmology: Going Off with a Bang 49 Chapter 4: Bending the Universe: Magnets and Gravity 51 Chapter 5: Measuring the Universe 73 Chapter 6: Cooking Up a Big Bang 95 Chapter 7: Letting It Rise: Expanding and Inflating the Universe 107 Chapter 8: Thinking Differently About the Universe 119 Part III: Building Your Own Universe 129 Chapter 9: Building Things from Scratch 131 Chapter 10: Forcing the Pace: The Roles of Natural Forces in the Universe 153 Chapter 11: Shedding Light on Dark Matter and Pinging Strings 169 Chapter 12: Playing with the Universe’s Chemistry Set 181 Chapter 13: Making Stars, Solar Systems, Galaxies, and More 197 Chapter 14: Giving Birth to Life 211 Chapter 15: Travelling Through Time 225 Part IV: Asking the Tough Questions 239 Chapter 16: Explaining the Unexplainable 241 Chapter 17: Finding Life Elsewhere 253 Chapter 18: Coming to an End 265 Part V: The Part of Tens 275 Chapter 19: Ten Different Beliefs about the Origins of the Universe 277 Chapter 20: Ten Greatest Cosmological Advances 285 Appendix: Understanding Scientific Units and Equations 295 Index 303
"…it makes you feel smarter with little eureka moments that are real page turners." (Bedfordshire on Sunday, Borough edition, Sunday 2nd March)
Stephen Pincock has been writing about science for the past 15 years, after finishing a degree in Microbiology at the University of New South Wales, Australia, and realising that while the whole science thing is utterly fascinating, he was less than eager to spend the rest of his life peering down a microscope. Stephen’s currently a regular science contributor to The Financial Times and The Lancet among many other publications, and is the international correspondent for The Scientist. For quite a while he was an editor at Reuters Health. Mark Frary is a science and technology writer. He studied astronomy and physics at University College London, writing a dissertation on the production of positronium. While there, he worked at the Mullard Space Science Laboratory on atmospheric plasma physics. After completing his degree, he moved to Geneva and worked on the OPAL experiment at the European particle physics laboratory CERN. Mark co-wrote the book You Call This The Future?, a look at the 50 best sciencefiction gadgets ever conceived and how they have become reality. He lives in Ampthill in Bedfordshire with his wife and two children. Mark and Stephen are the authors of Codebreaker: The History of Secret Communication.
Everything you need for a quick tour of everything You are here. How come? Want to discover the physical origin of the universe, but don't have the rest of eternity to read up on it? Want to know what scientists have found out about where you and your planet came from, but without the science blinding you? Most people do: It's a deep part of human nature. Who better than For Dummies to tackle the biggest, strangest, and most wonderful question of them all? Discover: Early ideas about our universe The Big Bang and the Big Crunch Dark matter, string theory, and time travel Explanations of the unexplainable If life exists elsewhere

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