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13.8: The Quest to Find the True Age of the Universe and the Theory of Everything

13.8: THE QUEST TO FIND THE TRUE AGE OF THE UNIVERSE AND THE THEORY OF EVERYTHING

by: Gribbin, John
Format: Hardcover

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Product Description A celebrated astronomer makes a powerful case for the harmony between two of physics’ most important and seemingly contradictory theories The twentieth century gave us two great theories of physics. The general theory of relativity describes the behavior of very large things, and quantum theory the behavior of very small things. In this landmark book, John Gribbin—one of the best-known science writers of the past thirty years—presents his own version of the Holy Grail of physics, the search that has been going on for decades to find a unified “Theory of Everything” that combines these ideas into one mathematical package, a single equation that could be printed on a T-shirt, containing the answer to life, the Universe, and everything. With his inimitable mixture of science, history, and biography, Gribbin shows how—despite skepticism among many physicists—these two great theories are very compatible, and point to a deep truth about the nature of our existence. The answer lies, intriguingly, with the age of the universe: 13.8 billion years. Review "13.8 "is a book that hits readers with unrelenting detail. And with a story as grand as this one, that s exactly the way a good science book should have it. Nothing will be lost here, and everything a clear understanding will be gained. David Eicher, "Astronomy"--David Eicher "Astronomy "" 13.8 is a book that hits readers with unrelenting detail. And with a story as grand as this one, that s exactly the way a good science book should have it. Nothing will be lost here, and everything a clear understanding will be gained. David Eicher, Astronomy--David Eicher "Astronomy "" Gribbin is a confident, engaging guide . . . a lovingly rendered history. Joshua Sokol, The Wall Street Journal--Joshua Sokol "The Wall Street Journal "" " 13.8 is a book that hits readers with unrelenting detail. And with a story as grand as this one, that's exactly the way a good science book should have it. Nothing will be lost here, and everything -- a clear understanding -- will be gained."--David Eicher, Astronomy--David Eicher "Astronomy " "Gribbin is a confident, engaging guide . . . a lovingly rendered history."--Joshua Sokol, Wall Street Journal--Joshua Sokol "The Wall Street Journal " About the Author John Gribbin is a visiting fellow in astronomy at the University of Sussex in the United Kingdom and the author of many best-selling science books.

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Product Code: 9780300218275
ISBN: 0300218273
Publisher: Yale University Press
Publication Date: 2016-03-08
Number of Pages: 256 pages
Languages: english
Edition: First Edition
Dimension: 6.57 x 1.1 x 9.13 inches
Shipping Weight: 1.58 pounds