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In The Five Ages of the Universe, Adams and Laughlin present their vision of the history of the universe, from the big bang on. They've had to come up with a new unit of measure to make this timescape intellectually tractable: the "cosmological decade." When the universe is 10 to the n years old, it is in the nth cosmological decade; we are now in the 10th, for instance. Each decade is thus 10 times as long as the one before.
All the stars will have stopped shining in the 14th cosmological decade, about 100 trillion years from now--which is a mind-bendingly long period of time by most standards. But Adams and Laughlin are just getting their speculations warmed up. They go on to fold, spindle, and mutilate your time sense as they discuss the Degenerate Era (out to decade 39), the Black Hole Era (to decade 100), and the possible creation of new universes in the Dark Era (after decade 101 or so). It's the most fascinating, mind-expanding trip inside eternity you can read. --Mary Ellen Curtin --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
Great read. A little outdated now, but still worth paging through.Published 22 days ago by Kristie Canaday
Before ordering I should have paid more attention to the publication date and the dates on almost all the reviews. Read morePublished 20 months ago by rsd22
I reread this book for the first in years, and rediscovered why it's near the top of the list of my all-time favorite nonfiction books. Read morePublished on November 18, 2011 by John Me Wallace
This book covers information you are unlikely to see in other astronomy books, this book mostly discuses the far far distant future - what is going to happen in the future beyond... Read morePublished on April 20, 2009 by Wesley Busdiecker
I'm sure this buyer has the potential to be great, but I notified him/her of the shipping mistake and I never heard from them. I never received the item, or a refund. Read morePublished on April 5, 2009 by Mykia M. Long
I liked this book because it does a good job of explaining in lay terms, the past, present, and future of the evolution of the Universe based on the laws of physics. Read morePublished on December 22, 2008 by Joseph C. Czika
This is a fun book and reads quickly. If you are high school level astronomy fan or older you should have no problems and a younger child could be guided through this book by an... Read morePublished on November 14, 2008 by Jeffrey Bolden
This book is written for the layman and yet is ever so elegant.
While much of it is still speculation and the result of current astrophysical theory, it is worth reading... Read more
I am simply a general reader who enjoys reading about cosmology so I have no way to judge whether the physics in this book is sound, but I suspect that it is. Read morePublished on August 2, 2004 by Craig Matteson