Friday, July 27, 2007

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Endless Universe
Paul J. Steinhardt and Neil Turok

All of us live on a planet that is lost in the multiverse, a conglomeration containing an infinite number of very different regions. And, it may be time to fasten your seatbelts. Because our rare pocket of the universe is running out of time, as Paul J. Steinhardt and Neil Turok declare in Endless Universe ( “Dark energy has already overtaken all other forms of matter and radiation, and has taken command of the expansion of the universe…”
The book is about “a new theory of the universe, according to which our cosmic history consists of repeating cycles of evolution.”

A common theory that has held ground for nearly half a century is the big bang idea – “that the universe emerged from a very hot, dense state 14 billion years ago and has been expanding and cooling ever since.”

In a trillion years, our home will be well on its way toward a vacuous oblivion, predict the authors. “Virtually all the galaxies we see today will still exist, but the stars will be gradually burning out. There will in all likelihood still be stars, planets, and life. But…”

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