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by Charles Seife

Free eBook Alpha and Omega: The Search for the Beginning and End of the Universe download ISBN: 0670031798
Author: Charles Seife
Publisher: Viking Adult; First Edition edition (July 14, 2003)
Language: English
Pages: 304
Category: Math Science
Subcategory: Astronomy and Space Science
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Charles Seife is the author of five previous books, including Proofiness and Zero, which won the PEN/Martha Albrand Award for first nonfiction and was a New York Times notable book

Charles Seife is the author of five previous books, including Proofiness and Zero, which won the PEN/Martha Albrand Award for first nonfiction and was a New York Times notable book. He has written for a wide variety of publications, including The New York Times, Wired, New Scientist, Science, Scientific American, and The Economist. He is a professor of journalism at New York University and lives in New York City.

Alpha and Omega book. Humankind has grappled for millennia with the fundamental questions of the origin and end of the universe-it was a focus of ancient religions and myths and of the inquiries of Aristotle, Galileo, Copernicus, Kepler, and Newton.

It is a survey of historic and contemporary efforts at cosmology: to describe the universe, trace the universe back to its origins, including the Big Bang Theory, and to determine the universe's eventual end-state. The books title refers to the Alpha and Omega appellation for Christ, as found in the Book of Revelation.

Viii, 294 pages, pages of plates : 21 cm. Humankind has grappled for millennia with the fundamental questions of the origin and end of the universe-it was a focus of ancient religions and myths and of the inquiries of Aristotle, Galileo, Copernic. Today we are on the verge of discoveries that should soon reveal the deepest secrets of the universe.

Alpha and Omega is a dispatch from the front lines of the cosmological revolution that is being waged at. .

Alpha and Omega is a dispatch from the front lines of the cosmological revolution that is being waged at observatories and laboratories around the world-in Europe, in America, and even in Antarctica-where scientists are actually peering into both the cradle of the universe and its grave. Today we are at the brink of discoveries that should soon reveal the deepest secrets of the universe.

In this book Seife informs us about what scientists know about how the universe began, and what they think they know about how the universe will one day end. Charles Seife has a rare talent for taking extremely complex and difficult scientific concepts and explaining them in a way that. Charles Seife has a rare talent for taking extremely complex and difficult scientific concepts and explaining them in a way that those concepts are understandable to a lay-reader. Charles Seife examines what the accepted scientific view of the beginning of the universe was, and he shows how that view has evolved over time until scientists had more data to give a clearer picture of the origins of the universe.

This book is similar to "A Brief History of Time" in so far as the subject matter is concerned. However, it does deal more with the historical myths of the Beginning and End of the universe, which Hawking doesn't really talk about. I also feel that this book gave clearer explanations of many things.

This book tells that story and will reveal results of the most advanced experiments in cosmology ever conducted. However, it does deal more with the historical myths of the Beginning and End of the universe, which. It's a tale of men solving the insoluble, of the controversy and anger of rivals after the same goal. Even more thrillingly - it is a lucid explanation of new scientific ideas that stretch man's powers of understanding to their highest levels.

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Alpha and Omega is a dispatch from the front lin es of the cosmological revolution that is being waged at observatories and labor atories around the world-in Europe, in America, and even in Antarctica-where sc ientists are actually peering into both the cradle of the universe and its grave Ridiculous! the Theatrical Life and Times of Charles LudlambyDavid Kaufman.

Draws on new cosmological discoveries to reveal what today's scientists are learning about the beginning and fate of the universe, citing theories in dark matter, dark energy, and the particle zoo to make predictions on how the universe will end. first printing.
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nailer
Very readable and very enjoyable book written in the style of "popular science" to bridge the (wide) gap between theoretical physicists and the educated public. I highly recommend Charles Seife as an author for any of his books. These topics can be as difficult as they are important. It is equally important to make them digestible by the interested reader without a doctoral degree in science. Seife captures and presents these concepts as a non-scientist for non-scientists, which is a good thing. The physicists themselves often have a hard time writing good "popular science" books even when they make the conscious effort to do so. Seife is part of a class of effective communicators in popular science that includes James Gleick and George Dyson. All three share the gift of effective communication of abstract concepts while being professionally close to real science without the obtuseness, sometimes even arrogance, of professional scientists that try to reach out to the public.
Flamehammer
Charles Seife is a gifted writer that makes mathematics concepts accessible to laymen. This, and his book "zero" are interesting and engrossing reads screen for those who hate math.
Keath
I like Seife's writing style. He wrote this book keeping in mind that 'regular' people will be reading it. He starts with the very first theorys on the universe and explains them in a way that slides right into to your mind like butter. The theorys are written chronologically and gradually get more complex as new things are discovered. He also describes these new discoveries chronologically and detailed to where the average person has a broader more precise understanding of the whys and hows and whats of each theory.This book has confirmed what I always thought was a huge part in the creation of the universe: symmetry; particularly TCP symmetry (I wish there was more info on that in the book)...The previous reviewer mentioned that this book suffers by "trying to explain mathematical ideas without using mathematics"... that is a bunch of bull b/c there is a great glossary that explains every mathematical term/symbol....speaking of math; I'll leave you with a though: in this book we find out that the universe is in fact finite(albeit ever-expanding) but how can you truly decifer the language of a finite universe with an infinite language of illusions and possibilities(MATH!)that allows anything to go?... If we could then over 95% of the universe still wouldn't be invisibe dark matter now would it!
Ballardana
Outstanding explanation of the history and current state of the art in cosmology. If you don't have a PhD in Physics, this is the book for you. Dark energy and dark matter become much less mysterious after reading this. I am just finishing it for a secon time. Alas, it was published in 2000, so the update is needed in this fast moving field
Friert
The author makes an extremely esoteric subject understandable. Additionally the initial historical perspective lends a real human face to the search for answers in this most remote but spectacular subject.
Rollers from Abdun
I really like Charles Seife as an author, and this book is one of the reasons why. This is an entertaining book for those who like to understand the general ideas in the field of physics.
Vutaur
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Haven't u ever wondered how do you fit infinity in a contained space? Here we are inside the the container of our creation/exposion and we can looking through a telescope and see light yeas away - the light of our begining. Fasinating!