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The Whole Shebang: A State of the Universe Report

Academic journal article et Cetera

The Whole Shebang: A State of the Universe Report

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Timothy Ferris. The Whole Shebang: A State of the Universe Report. New York Touchstone, 1997.

In his latest book, Timothy Ferris, a skilled and experienced best-selling science writer, provides a comprehensive and comprehensible account of how science today envisions the universe as a whole. His canvass is wide and includes the theory of the Big Bang, the dynamism of the universe, the shape of space, the origins of the chemical elements, the mystery of the clumping together of the stars and galaxies, the search for a "Darwinian" explanation of the history of the universe, the hope of finding one unified theory to explain everything, how quantum mechanics works and why it sug gests there may be many universes, and how humanity, the source of all these theories, fits into a scientific explanation of the whole shebang.

Don't be put off by what looks like difficult scientific material. Ferris takes Einstein's General Theory of Relativity and in a few of pages offers what journalist Charles Krauthammer has described "as intuitive an account of its essential idea - the curvature of space - as I have ever read. …

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