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Inflationary Universe: The Quest for a New Theory of Cosmic Origins


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"Guth's book is written in a brisk, engaging style uncharacteristic of scientific autobiographies. His story tells much about how science sometimes works, how the universe may work, and how on occasion one bright individual can cause an intellectual revolution". The New York Times Book Review

"Some great scientists are so great that they become icons of an epoch...Albert Einstein is the pre-eminent example...and Alan Guth is one of Einstein's most brilliant successors". San Franscisco Examiner

"Guth's long-awaited account is remarkable both for its clear explanation of the nearly inconceivable and for the personal sense Guth conveys of what it felt like to do theoretical physics during the 1970s and 1980s". Scientific American

"Guth equips you with a complete intellectual tool kit in the form of a lucid history of twentieth-century cosmology and particle physics". The Washington Post Book World

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A popular, first-hand account of Guth's inflation theory providing non-mathematical access to the general public of his ground breaking work. According to Guth (physics, Massachusetts Institute of Technology), before the big bang the universe began in an area smaller than an atom--a "false vacuum" filled with negative gravity--and in the first fraction of a second before the bang, the negative gravity produced a "hyper-inflation" causing the universe to expand at rate faster than the speed of light i.e. the bang of the big bang. Throughout his fascinating discussion, Guth provides diagrams detailing his discovery and also autobiographical anecdotes e.g. he couldn't get a job while he was developing the inflation theory.
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(the quest for a new theory of cosmic origins )
Guth, Alan H
Addison-Wesley Publishing
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Inflationary universe.
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xv, 358 p.

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