Did the Big Bang really happen? Is space infinite? When did time begin? In this "superb new book" (San Francisco Chronicle), acclaimed science writer Richard Morris probes a host of far-reaching questions about the fundamental nature of the universe. The result is a masterful exploration of the newest discoveries and theories in the field of cosmology-the study of the origin, structure, and evolution of the universe. With dramatic flair and enthusiasm, he introduces us to the intriguing world of cosmic strings and quark nuggets, shadow matter and imaginary time. He brings emerging theoretical concepts into clear focus, offering keen insight into science's most puzzling riddles, the very questions that have challenged and confounded humankind through the ages. Featuring a thorough explanation of the breakthrough voyage of NASA's Cosmic Background Explorer (COBE) and its effects on the Big Bang theory, this remarkable book is a fascinating journey along the cutting edge of cosmological discovery. Praise for Richard Morris..."Mr. Morris's genius is an ability to reveal the wonderful. -Kansas City Star "Morris does a clearer job explaining Hawking than Hawking did." -Library Journal
Table of Contents
Did the Big Bang Really Happen? Is Space Infinite? When Did Time Begin? How Will the Universe End? What Is the Universe Made of? Where Did the Galaxies Come From? What Is Nothingness Like? What Is Time? Why Do We Exist? Knowing the Mind of God. Glossary. Index.
RICHARD MORRIS is the critically acclaimed author of eight books in popular science, including Time's Arrows, The Fate of the Universe, and Dismantling the Universe: The Nature of Scientific Theory. He holds a Ph.D. in physics and is a member of the American Association for the Advancement of Science.