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

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Started as a series of letters to her mom, How the Universe Got Its Spots turned into Janna Levin's diary of her life as a scientist out to determine the size of the cosmos. Levin poetically mixes fascinating scientific details with personal anecdotes. A charming and highly readable account of modern-day physics.
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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.

Review:

"Science as it is lived....[Levin?s] book is a gift to those people who want to think big but came to a screeching halt about two dozen pages into...A Brief History of Time." Discover

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"Levin unpacks the technicalities with a skill honed from giving many lectures....A book to be applauded." The Scotsman

Review:

"Lovely and utterly original....Mixing lucid arguments with anecdotes and personal experiences, Levin makes it easy to understand seemingly complicated subjects such as transfinite arithmetic, naked singularities and compact spaces....A marvelous diary that makes a reader long to meet the author." American Scientist

Review:

"[Levin] covers...fascinating ground....She writes passages that may make you either feel claustrophobic for only living in three visible dimensions or see the night sky in an entirely new way." Baltimore City Paper

Synopsis:

From a brilliant and charismatic physicist comes this remarkably lucid tour of the cosmos that mingles engaging personal memoir with a stimulating account of her pioneering investigations.

About the Author

Born in Texas and raised in Chicago, Janna Levin is now an Advanced Fellow in the Department of Applied Mathematics and Theoretical Physics at Cambridge University. She holds a Ph.D. from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and worked previously at the Canadian Institute for Theoretical Astrophysics and the Center for Particle Astrophysics at the University of California, Berkeley.

Product Details

ISBN:
9781400032723
Subtitle:
Diary of a Finite Time in a Finite Space
Author:
Levin, Janna
Publisher:
Anchor Books
Location:
New York
Subject:
Cosmology
Subject:
Astronomy - Universe
Subject:
Mathematicians
Subject:
Mathematicians -- United States.
Subject:
Astronomy - General
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Series Volume:
107-88
Publication Date:
20030831
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Y
Pages:
240
Dimensions:
8.00x5.26x.65 in. .55 lbs.

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Product details 240 pages Anchor Books - English 9781400032723 Reviews:
"Staff Pick" by ,

Started as a series of letters to her mom, How the Universe Got Its Spots turned into Janna Levin's diary of her life as a scientist out to determine the size of the cosmos. Levin poetically mixes fascinating scientific details with personal anecdotes. A charming and highly readable account of modern-day physics.

"Review" by , "Science as it is lived....[Levin?s] book is a gift to those people who want to think big but came to a screeching halt about two dozen pages into...A Brief History of Time."
"Review" by , "Levin unpacks the technicalities with a skill honed from giving many lectures....A book to be applauded."
"Review" by , "Lovely and utterly original....Mixing lucid arguments with anecdotes and personal experiences, Levin makes it easy to understand seemingly complicated subjects such as transfinite arithmetic, naked singularities and compact spaces....A marvelous diary that makes a reader long to meet the author."
"Review" by , "[Levin] covers...fascinating ground....She writes passages that may make you either feel claustrophobic for only living in three visible dimensions or see the night sky in an entirely new way."
"Synopsis" by , From a brilliant and charismatic physicist comes this remarkably lucid tour of the cosmos that mingles engaging personal memoir with a stimulating account of her pioneering investigations.
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