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The Moment of Creation: Big Bang Physics from Before the First Millisecond to the Present Universeby James S Trefil
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Every civilization has attempted to explain how the world came to be, from the creation epics of antiquity to the impressive evidence acquired through modern scientific methods. In The Moment of Creation, physicist James Trefil--one of the founders of modern quark theory--recounts the recent explosion of knowledge about the early universe. After a brief historical introduction, he traverses the eons to bring readers within the first millisecond of the Big Bang. Trefil employs minimal mathematics to explain gauge theories, and he provides a fast track for those more interested in cosmology than physics. Compelling and lucid, his narrative not only offers a remarkable view of the universe's beginnings, but also speculates about its end. 1983 ed. 58 figures. 7 halftones.
Book News Annotation:
Trefil, one of the founders of modern quark theory, describes what we think happened in the moment after the Big Bang, and how what we think may be wrong. Being a quark master, he turns to the role of particles and quarks in the construction and maintenance of the universe, describes the attempts to come up with a grand unification theory, and how what we think about the moment after the big bang may be right after all. In the final chapters he explores Planck Time and the ultimate fate of the universe. This is a reprint of the edition by Collier Books, Macmillan Publishing Company. Cited in Books for College Libraries, 3d ed.
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One of the founders of modern quark theory traverses the eons to bring readers within the first millisecond of the Big Bang. Trefil employs minimal mathematics in this compelling and lucid narrative, which not only offers a remarkable view of the universe's beginnings, but also speculates about its end. 1983 edition.
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