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Once before Time: A Whole Story of the Universe

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In 2000, Martin Bojowald, then a twenty-seven-year-old postdoc at Pennsylvania State University, used a relatively new theory called loop quantum gravity--a combination of Einstein's theory of gravity and quantum mechanics--to create a simple model of the universe. Loop quantum cosmology, or LQC, was born, and with it, a theory that managed to do something even Einstein's theory of relativity had failed to do--illuminate the birth of the universe. According to LQC, our universe could have emerged from the collapse of a previous universe, a Big Bounce rather than a Big Bang. Now, Martin Bojowald explains the science behind this new model of the universe in a step-by-step argument for the logical and philosophical cogency of loop quantum gravity (with fascinating digressions into art, literature, and philosophy), and in the process takes us on a remarkable journey through the history of modern cosmology, back to the origin of the universe and to the time before it existed.

In Martin Bojowald we have not just an extraordinary and rigorous scientific mind, but also a science writer of uncommon eloquence and accessibility whose subject is as thoroughly fascinating as it is revolutionary.

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Synopsis:

Traces how the physics professor author used a new theory of loop quantum gravity to create a simple model of the universe that launched loop quantum cosmology, in a report that presents a step-by-step argument about the origins of the universe.

About the Author

Martin Bojowald is an associate professor of physics at Pennsylvania State University’s Institute for Gravitation and the Cosmos. Originally from Germany, he now resides in Pennsylvania.

Table of Contents

Gravitation — Quantum theory — An interlude on the role of mathematics — Quantum gravity — Observational cosmology — Black holes — The arrow of time — Cosmogony — One world — Theory of everything? — The limits of science and the nobility of nature.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780307594259
Subtitle:
A Whole Story of the Universe
Publisher:
Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
Author:
Bojowald, Martin
Author:
Martin Bojowald
Subject:
Science : Cosmology
Subject:
Physics
Subject:
Cosmology
Subject:
Relativity
Subject:
Astronomy - Universe
Subject:
Astronomy - General
Subject:
Physics-Cosmology
Subject:
Physics-General
Subject:
Science : Physics
Subject:
Science : Relativity
Subject:
Science : Physics - General
Subject:
Science : Physics - Relativity
Subject:
NEWARRIVAL-SCIENCE
Subject:
Astronomy | Cosmology
Subject:
main_subject
Subject:
all_subjects
Publication Date:
20101109
Binding:
ELECTRONIC
Language:
English
Pages:
320

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Science and Mathematics » Physics » Relativity Theory

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