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  • Copyright: 2012-06-17
  • Publisher: W W NORTON

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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

Prefacep. xiii
Being in the Right Place at the Right Timep. 1
Two men walkingp. 1
Funny things, universesp. 2
The importance of placep. 4
Aristotle's spherical universep. 12
Ptolemy's 'Heath Robinson' universep. 14
Copernican revolutionsp. 16
The Earnestness of Being Importantp. 22
Special times and special placesp. 22
Democratic lawsp. 24
The changing universep. 26
The nebular hypothesisp. 31
Life in an Edwardian universep. 33
The decaying universep. 37
Karl Schwarzschild: the man who knew too muchp. 41
Einstein's Universesp. 47
Completing a Copernican visionp. 47
Einstein's insightp. 49
A digressionp. 52
The creation of Einstein's universe of motionless matterp. 54
The second universe: de Sitter s universe of matterless motionp. 57
Friedmann's universes of matter in motionp. 60
Lemaţtre's universesp. 65
The universe of Einstein and de Sitterp. 74
Tolman's oscillating universep. 76
Lemaţtre and Tolman's kinky universep. 80
Milne's universe (and Newton s universes)p. 82
Expected Universes: the Rococo Periodp. 86
Fractal universesp. 86
Dr Kasner's universep. 91
Dirac's universe-where gravity decaysp. 95
Einstein and RosenĂs undulating universep. 100
Something Completely Differentp. 105
A Swiss-cheese universep. 105
Perturbed universesp. 108
Schr÷dinger's universep. 112
G÷del's spinning universep. 115
The Steady Statesmen Come and Go with a Bangp. 123
A universe that always was, is and is to comep. 123
A table-top universep. 133
The electric universep. 137
Hot universesp. 139
Universes, Warts and Allp. 148
Turbulent universesp. 148
Distorted universes: from one to ninep. 153
Smooth universes and a new observational windowp. 160
Chaotic universesp. 161
Mixmaster universesp. 165
Magnetic universesp. 168
The universes of Brans and Dickep. 170
Matter-antimatter universesp. 172
The Beginning for Beginnersp. 175
Singular universesp. 175
Which universes are singular?p. 180
Cold and tepid universesp. 188
An unexpectedly simpler universep. 189
And a unified way of thinkingp. 191
Brave New Worldsp. 194
Asymmetric universesp. 194
Problem universesp. 197
Inflationary universesp. 198
Chaotic inflationary universesp. 204
Eternal inflationary universesp. 208
Suddenly, the universe seems simpler againp. 212
The many universes run out of controlp. 213
Post-Modern Universesp. 218
Random universesp. 218
Probable universesp. 220
Anthropic universesp. 221
Possible universesp. 229
Home-made universesp. 231
Naturally selected universesp. 234
Fake universesp. 237
Universes where nothing is originalp. 244
Boltzmann s universep. 248
Fringe Universesp. 253
Wrap-around universesp. 253
Quantum universesp. 260
A self-creating universep. 267
Colliding universesp. 269
The dying of the lightp. 273
Hyperuniversesp. 275
The Runaway Universep. 277
The best-buy universep. 277
The preposterous universep. 284
The puzzling universep. 290
Notesp. 297
Picture Creditsp. 341
Indexp. 343
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