How the Universe Got Its Spots: Diary of a Finite Time in a Finite Space

August 12, 2003|
How the Universe Got Its Spots: Diary of a Finite Time in a Finite Space by Janna Levin
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Is the universe infinite or just really big? With this question, the gifted young cosmologist Janna Levin not only announces the central theme of her intriguing and controversial new book but establishes herself as one of the most direct and unorthodox voices in contemporary science. For even as she sets out to determine how big “really big” may be, Levin gives us an intimate look at the day-to-day life of a globe-trotting physicist, complete with jet lag and romantic disturbances.

Nimbly synthesizing geometry, topology, chaos and string theories, Levin shows how the pattern of hot and cold spots left over from the big bang may one day reveal the size and shape of the cosmos. She does so with such originality, lucidity—and even poetry—that How the Universe Got Its Spots becomes a thrilling and deeply personal communication between a scientist and the lay reader.
JANNA LEVIN is a professor of physics and astronomy at Barnard College of Columbia University. She is also director of sciences at Pioneer Works, a center for arts and sciences in Brooklyn, and has contributed to an understanding of black holes, the cosmology of extra dimensions, and gravitational waves in the shape of spacetime. ...
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Title:How the Universe Got Its Spots: Diary of a Finite Time in a Finite Space
Format:Paperback
Product dimensions:240 pages, 8 X 5 X 0.6 in
Shipping dimensions:240 pages, 8 X 5 X 0.6 in
Published:August 12, 2003
Publisher:Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
Language:English
Appropriate for ages:All ages
ISBN - 13:9781400032723

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