Weird Universe: Exploring the Most Bizarre Ideas in Cosmology by David A. J. SeargentWeird Universe: Exploring the Most Bizarre Ideas in Cosmology by David A. J. Seargent

Weird Universe: Exploring the Most Bizarre Ideas in Cosmology

byDavid A. J. Seargent

Paperback | October 30, 2014

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As new discoveries complicate the scientific picture of the universe, the evolving theories about the nature of space and time and the origins and fate of the universe threaten to become overwhelming. Enter David Seargent. Continuing the author's series of books popularizing strange astronomy facts and knowledge,Weird Universeexplains the bizarre, complicated terrain of modern cosmology for lay readers.

From exploring some of the strange consequences of the theories of special and general relativity, to probing time dilation and the twin and mother-and-baby "paradoxes" and the theory that the universe can be mathematically considered as a hologram, all of the latest findings and conjectures are clearly described in non-technical language. The development of quantum physics and the more recent developments of string and M-theory are looked at, in addition to several hypotheses that have not won wide acceptance from the scientific community, such as modified gravity. Enter the wonderfully weird world of these theories and gain a new appreciation for the latest findings in cosmological research.

David A. J. Seargent holds an MA and Ph.D., both in Philosophy from the University of Newcastle NSW, where he formerly worked as a tutor in Philosophy for the Department of Community of Programs/Worker's Educational Association external education program. As an amateur astronomer, he is known for his observations of comets, one of whic...
Title:Weird Universe: Exploring the Most Bizarre Ideas in CosmologyFormat:PaperbackDimensions:272 pages, 23.5 × 15.5 × 0.01 inPublished:October 30, 2014Publisher:Springer-Verlag/Sci-Tech/TradeLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:3319107372

ISBN - 13:9783319107370

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Table of Contents

From Water World to Inflation.- Space, Time, Relativity.- The Shape, Size, Age and Origin of the Universe.- Of Atoms, Quanta, Strings and Branes.- Difficult Observations and Unconventional Idea.- Appendix.

Editorial Reviews

From the book reviews:"Seargent (amateur astronomer) describes the complicated nature of current astrophysical and cosmological theories by focusing on those ideas and consequences that either run contrary to the layperson's 'common sense' or that could be regarded as outliers in current scientific thinking. . without a doubt, undergraduates and general audiences who are interested in paradoxes of modern physics will find this book enjoyable reading. Summing Up: Recommended. All academic and general library collections." (A. Spero, Choice, Vol. 52 (9), May, 2015)