The Origin of the Universe

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Weidenfeld & Nicolson, 1994 - Astrophysics - 150 pages
"There is no more profound, enduring, or fascinating question in all of science than that of how time, space, and matter began. John Barrow, who has been at the cutting-edge of research in this area, guides readers on a journey to the beginning of time, into a world of temperatures and densities so high that we cannot recreate them in the laboratory. With new insights, he draws us into the latest speculative theories about the nature of time and the "inflationary universe." He explains wormholes--showing how they bear upon the fact of our own existence, and considers whether there was a 'singularity" at the inception of the universe. Here is a treatment so up-to-date and intellectually rich, dealing with ideas and speculation at the farthest frontier of science, that neither novice nor expert will want to miss what Barrow has to say. The Origin of the Universe is "In the Beginning" for beginners--the latest information from a first-rate scientist and science writer." --Back jacket cover.

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About the author (1994)

John D. Barrow is a scientist who writes accessibly about astrophysics and cosmology for both the general reader and the expert. Born in 1952, in London, England, Barrow earned a B.S. degree with first-class honors from the University of Durham in 1974. Three years later he received his doctorate from Magdalen College, Oxford. He was a junior research lecturer in astrophysics at Oxford University from 1977 to 1980 and became a lecturer in astronomy at the University of Sussex in Brighton in 1981. With coauthor Joseph Silk, Barrow published The Left Hand of Creation: The Origin and Evolution of the Expanding Universe in 1983. The book, which explains particle physics and its application to the creation and evolution of the universe, quickly won praise for its lucid style. Barrow delved further into this topic in 1994 with The Origin of the Universe. In this work he explored such questions as the possibility of extra dimensions to space, the beginning of time, and how human existence is part and parcel of the origin and composition of the universe. Barrow's other books include Pi and the Sky; Theories of Everything; and The World Within the World. He has also contributed many articles to such professional journals as New Scientist, Scientific American, and Nature.

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