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## Summary

Einstein's theory of general relativity opens the door for the study of other possible universes-and weird universes at that. The Book of Universes gives us a stunning tour of these potential universes, introducing us to the brilliant physicists and mathematicians who first revealed these startling possibilities. John D. Barrow then explains the latest insights that physics and astronomy have to offer about our own universe, showing how they lead to the concept of the multiverse-the universe of all possible universes.

## Author Biography

John D. Barrow is a professor of mathematical sciences and the director of the Millennium Mathematics Project at Cambridge University. He lives in Cambridge.

## Table of Contents

Preface | p. xiii |

Being in the Right Place at the Right Time | p. 1 |

Two men walking | p. 1 |

Funny things, universes | p. 2 |

The importance of place | p. 4 |

Aristotle's spherical universe | p. 12 |

Ptolemy's 'Heath Robinson' universe | p. 14 |

Copernican revolutions | p. 16 |

The Earnestness of Being Important | p. 22 |

Special times and special places | p. 22 |

Democratic laws | p. 24 |

The changing universe | p. 26 |

The nebular hypothesis | p. 31 |

Life in an Edwardian universe | p. 33 |

The decaying universe | p. 37 |

Karl Schwarzschild: the man who knew too much | p. 41 |

Einstein's Universes | p. 47 |

Completing a Copernican vision | p. 47 |

Einstein's insight | p. 49 |

A digression | p. 52 |

The creation of Einstein's universe of motionless matter | p. 54 |

The second universe: de Sitter s universe of matterless motion | p. 57 |

Friedmann's universes of matter in motion | p. 60 |

Lemaître's universes | p. 65 |

The universe of Einstein and de Sitter | p. 74 |

Tolman's oscillating universe | p. 76 |

Lemaître and Tolman's kinky universe | p. 80 |

Milne's universe (and Newton s universes) | p. 82 |

Expected Universes: the Rococo Period | p. 86 |

Fractal universes | p. 86 |

Dr Kasner's universe | p. 91 |

Dirac's universe-where gravity decays | p. 95 |

Einstein and RosenÆs undulating universe | p. 100 |

Something Completely Different | p. 105 |

A Swiss-cheese universe | p. 105 |

Perturbed universes | p. 108 |

Schrödinger's universe | p. 112 |

Gödel's spinning universe | p. 115 |

The Steady Statesmen Come and Go with a Bang | p. 123 |

A universe that always was, is and is to come | p. 123 |

A table-top universe | p. 133 |

The electric universe | p. 137 |

Hot universes | p. 139 |

Universes, Warts and All | p. 148 |

Turbulent universes | p. 148 |

Distorted universes: from one to nine | p. 153 |

Smooth universes and a new observational window | p. 160 |

Chaotic universes | p. 161 |

Mixmaster universes | p. 165 |

Magnetic universes | p. 168 |

The universes of Brans and Dicke | p. 170 |

Matter-antimatter universes | p. 172 |

The Beginning for Beginners | p. 175 |

Singular universes | p. 175 |

Which universes are singular? | p. 180 |

Cold and tepid universes | p. 188 |

An unexpectedly simpler universe | p. 189 |

And a unified way of thinking | p. 191 |

Brave New Worlds | p. 194 |

Asymmetric universes | p. 194 |

Problem universes | p. 197 |

Inflationary universes | p. 198 |

Chaotic inflationary universes | p. 204 |

Eternal inflationary universes | p. 208 |

Suddenly, the universe seems simpler again | p. 212 |

The many universes run out of control | p. 213 |

Post-Modern Universes | p. 218 |

Random universes | p. 218 |

Probable universes | p. 220 |

Anthropic universes | p. 221 |

Possible universes | p. 229 |

Home-made universes | p. 231 |

Naturally selected universes | p. 234 |

Fake universes | p. 237 |

Universes where nothing is original | p. 244 |

Boltzmann s universe | p. 248 |

Fringe Universes | p. 253 |

Wrap-around universes | p. 253 |

Quantum universes | p. 260 |

A self-creating universe | p. 267 |

Colliding universes | p. 269 |

The dying of the light | p. 273 |

Hyperuniverses | p. 275 |

The Runaway Universe | p. 277 |

The best-buy universe | p. 277 |

The preposterous universe | p. 284 |

The puzzling universe | p. 290 |

Notes | p. 297 |

Picture Credits | p. 341 |

Index | p. 343 |

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