Ultimate Explanations of the Universe (Hardback)Michael Heller (author)
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We humans are collectively driven by a powerful - yet not fully explained - instinct to understand. We would like to see everything established, proven, laid bare. The more important an issue, the more we desire to see it clarified, stripped of all secrets, all shades of gray. What could be more important than to understand the Universe and ourselves as a part of it? To find a window onto our origin and our destiny? This book examines how far our modern cosmological theories - with their sometimes audacious models, such as inflation, cyclic histories, quantum creation, parallel universes - can take us towards answering these questions. Can such theories lead us to ultimate truths, leaving nothing unexplained? Last, but not least, Heller addresses the thorny problem of why and whether we should expect to find theories with all-encompassing explicative power.
Publisher: Springer-Verlag Berlin and Heidelberg GmbH & Co. KG
Number of pages: 216
Weight: 1110 g
Dimensions: 235 x 155 x 14 mm
Edition: 2010 ed.
From the reviews:"This reviewer was surprised to find an entire book devoted to `ultimate explanations,' but understood more after learning about the author's credentials. ... The modern physics contributions are appropriate and up-to-date, e.g., inflation and the big bang. ... A valuable book for all college libraries. Summing Up: Highly recommended. Academic, general, and professional audiences, all levels." (K. L. Schick, Choice, Vol. 47 (11), July, 2010)