Two world-renowned scientists present an audacious new vision of
the cosmos that "steals the thunder from the Big Bang theory."
-Wall Street Journal
The Big Bang theory-widely regarded as the leading explanation for
the origin of the universe-posits that space and time sprang into
being about 14 billion years ago in a hot, expanding fireball of
nearly infinite density. Over the last three decades the theory has
been repeatedly revised to address such issues as how galaxies and
stars first formed and why the expansion of the universe is
speeding up today. Furthermore, an explanation has yet to be found
for what caused the Big Bang in the first place.
In Endless Universe, Paul J. Steinhardt and Neil Turok,
both distinguished theoretical physicists, present a bold new
cosmology. Steinhardt and Turok "contend that what we think of as
the moment of creation was simply part of an infinite cycle of
titanic collisions between our universe and a parallel world"
(Discover). They recount the remarkable developments in
astronomy, particle physics, and superstring theory that form the
basis for their groundbreaking "Cyclic Universe" theory. According
to this theory, the Big Bang was not the beginning of time but the
bridge to a past filled with endlessly repeating cycles of
evolution, each accompanied by the creation of new matter and the
formation of new galaxies, stars, and planets.
Endless Universe provides answers to longstanding problems
with the Big Bang model, while offering a provocative new view of
both the past and the future of the cosmos. It is a "theory
that could solve the cosmic mystery" (USA Today).