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The Origin Of The Universe: Science Masters Series

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This playful, entertaining, and mind-bending introduction to modern physics briskly explains Einstein's general relativity, quantum mechanics and the role humans play in this weird and wonderful world. Learn more | See related books
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About the Author

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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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: 8.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,225,581 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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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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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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Interesting and easy to read.
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