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How the Universe Got Its Spots: Diary of a Finite Time in a Finite Space
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Bibliographic Detail
Publisher Princeton Univ Pr
Publication date March 1, 2002
Pages 208
Binding Hardcover
Book category Adult Non-Fiction
ISBN-13 9780691096575
ISBN-10 0691096570
Dimensions 0.75 by 6.25 by 9.25 in.
Weight 1.05 lbs.
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Original list price $24.95
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Summary
In a popular introduction to the mysteries of the universe, a physicist describes what we know about the shape, extent, origins, and evolution of the universe, the vast complexities of space and time, the efforts of science to explain the universe, and the secrets of black holes, time warps, and other phenomena.
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Is the universe infinite, or is it just really big? Does nature abhor infinity? In startling and beautiful prose, Janna Levin's diary of unsent letters to her mother describes what we know about the shape and extent of the universe, about its beginning and its end. She grants the uninitiated access to the astounding findings of contemporary theoretical physics and makes tangible the contours of space and time--those very real curves along which apples fall and planets orbit.


Levin guides the reader through the observations and thought-experiments that have enabled physicists to begin charting the universe. She introduces the cosmic archaeology that makes sense of the pattern of hot spots left over from the big bang, a pursuit on the verge of discovering the shape of space itself. And she explains the topology and the geometry of the universe now coming into focus--a strange map of space full of black holes, chaotic flows, time warps, and invisible strings. Levin advances the controversial idea that this map is edgeless but finite--that the universe is huge but not unending--a radical revelation that would provide the ultimate twist to the Copernican revolution by locating our precise position in the cosmos.


As she recounts our increasingly rewarding attempt to know the universe, Levin tells her personal story as a scientist isolated by her growing knowledge. This book is her remarkable effort to reach across the distance of that knowledge and share what she knows with family and friends--and with us. Highly personal and utterly original, this physicist's diary is a breathtaking contemplation of our deep connection with the universe and our aspirations to comprehend it.




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from Princeton Univ Pr (March 1, 2002)
9780691096575 | details & prices | 208 pages | 6.25 × 9.25 × 0.75 in. | 1.05 lbs | List price $24.95
About: In a popular introduction to the mysteries of the universe, a physicist describes what we know about the shape, extent, origins, and evolution of the universe, the vast complexities of space and time, the efforts of science to explain the universe, and the secrets of black holes, time warps, and other phenomena.
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Reprint edition from Anchor Books (August 1, 2003)
9781400032723 | details & prices | 225 pages | 5.25 × 8.00 × 0.75 in. | 0.55 lbs | List price $15.95
About: A physicist describes what we know about the shape, extent, origins, and evolution of the universe, the complexities of space and time, and the secrets of black holes, time warps, and other phenomena.

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