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The Origins of the Universe for Dummies

The Origins of the Universe for Dummies

by Stephen Pincock, Mark Frary

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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

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ISBN-13: 9781119998198
Publisher: Wiley
Publication date: 02/15/2011
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 344
File size: 11 MB
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About the Author

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.

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Table of Contents

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

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