The Inflationary Universe : Quest for a New Theory of Cosmic Origins, Paperback

The Inflationary Universe : Quest for a New Theory of Cosmic Origins Paperback

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This classic Big Bang text neatly describes what happened after the bang.

Yet, until recently, particle physicists and cosmologists were stuck on many questions that the Big Bang Theory still couldn't answer, primarily: If matter can neither be created nor destroyed, how could so much matter arise from nothing at all?

Alan Guth's Inflationary Universe Theory answers these vexing questions.

When NASA's Cosmic Background Explorer satellite measured the non-uniformities of the cosmic background radiation for the first time in 1992, the patterns agreed exquisitely with the theory's predictions.


  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 384 pages, 75
  • Publisher: Vintage Publishing
  • Publication Date:
  • Category: Cosmology & the universe
  • ISBN: 9780099959502



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The book is more interesting than the field it describes - or so is my opinion of it. I have studied Physics to degree level, and I am happy to concede that I have little clue about the science behind the Inflationary Principal. That said, as popular science books go, this is quite interesting, and well-written. Guth does a grand job of relating the affairs and lives of scientists searching for the truth of cosmic origins - those ideas might be well out of reach for most of us, but at least the characters behind the story are human.

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