Creation: The Story of the Origin and Evolution of the Universe

Creation: The Story of the Origin and Evolution of the Universe

Creation: The Story of the Origin and Evolution of the Universe

Creation: The Story of the Origin and Evolution of the Universe

Synopsis

A popular biography of the cosmos and of scientists who have contributed to our understanding of the story. Annotation(c) 2003 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Excerpt

I remember once watching a presentation of the creation of the universe in a planetarium. It was a fascinating experience: lights flashing, particles appearing to rush by as an explosive roar echoed throughout the planetarium. Then suddenly ... blackness. And after a few seconds ... tiny lights—stars blinking into existence. I tried to imagine myself actually going back to this event. Was this really what it was like? It was an interesting facsimile, but far from what the real thing would have been like. The creation of the universe is an event that is impossible to imagine accurately. Fortunately, this has not discouraged people from wondering what it was like.

In Creation I have attempted to take you back to the beginning—the big bang explosion—so that you can watch the universe grow and evolve. Starting with the first fraction of a second, I trace the universe from its initial dramatic expansion through to the formation of the first nuclei and atoms. From here I go to the formation of galaxies and the curious distribution they have taken in space. Finally I talk about the formation of elements in stars, and the first life on the planets around them.

It's a fascinating story, but the story I tell is not just about the universe. It's also about the scientists who made the discoveries—Einstein, Hubble, Gamow, Guth, and many others. Hundreds of scientists made contributions, and there is no doubt an . . .

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