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Product Details

  • Series: Science Masters
  • Paperback: 176 pages
  • Publisher: Basic Books (May 30, 1997)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0465053149
  • ISBN-13: 978-0465053148
  • Product Dimensions: 5 x 0.4 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #581,963 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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John Barrow is a professor of astronomy at the University of Sussex, England. He is a co-author of The Anthropic Cosmological Principle, among other books.

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Luc REYNAERT on September 10, 2002
Format: Paperback
Excellent presentation of the latest theories about the origin of the universe, like the 'no boundary condition' (Hawking and Hartle), the quantum origin, the inflation period (Guth) or superstrings.
This book is more a scientific explanation with charts and dwawings, but - not always easy - understandable for the layman.
I missed the speculation of a John Gribbin or a Martin Rees.
As in his other excellent book 'Theories of Everything', the author believes that "One day we may be able to say something about the origin of our own cosmic neighbourhood. But we can never know the origins of the universe. The deepest secrets are the ones that keep themselves."
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on June 29, 1998
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I am a novice to astrophysics, but do hold a BSc. in biology. This book, though claiming to be introductory was extremely difficult to follow. I had to read and reread and reread to follow many concepts. This is likely due to the material and no fault of the author. To his credit, when I understood a concept, I REALLY understood it, and felt smugly to myself that I had a better understanding of the universe. This is not a leisure read, pick it up when you really want to know about the origin of the universe.
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on June 25, 1998
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One of the few books that effectively conveys some sort of explanation of universal physics in a simple manner, easily understood by a novice. While the book is short, it is direct, and does a satisfying job of giving meaning to some aspects of Einstein's theories and shortcomings, and the mysteries of time and matter. A good primer for the inexperienced beginner, it helps to deliver a good overview and outline for future exploration, and is easy to read.
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3 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Robert Bensen Jr on December 11, 1999
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For anyone that enjoyed A Brief History of Time this is a excellent follow up. Great explanation of inflation and the possibilty of a non-singularity beginning of the universe.
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