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Until the End of Time: Mind, Matter, and Our Search for Meaning in an Evolving Universe
Title Until the End of Time: Mind, Matter, and Our Search for Meaning in an Evolving Universe
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Publisher Knopf
Release DateFebruary 18, 2020
Category Nonfiction
Total Pages 408 pages
ISBN B07S3RJ6HP
Book Rating 4.5 out of 5 from 947 reviews
Language EN, ES, BE, DA ,DE , NL and FR
Book Review & Summary:

Instant New York Times Best-seller “A splendid and invigorating read.” —Maria Popova, Brain Pickings From the world-renowned physicist and best-selling author of The Elegant Universe comes a captivating exploration of deep time and humanity's search for purpose. Until the End of Time is Brian Greene's breathtaking new exploration of the cosmos and our quest to find meaning in the face of this vast expanse. Greene takes us on a journey from the big bang to the end of time, exploring how lasting structures formed, how life and mind emerged, and how we grapple with our existence through narrative, myth, religion, creative expression, science, the quest for truth, and a deep longing for the eternal. From particles to planets, consciousness to creativity, matter to meaning—Brian Greene allows us all to grasp and appreciate our fleeting but utterly exquisite moment in the cosmos.

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Publisher HarperCollins
Release Date 2019-10-29
Category Science
Total Pages 368
ISBN 9780062657947
Language English, Spanish, and French
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An astonishing exploration of planet formation and the origins of life by one of the world’s most innovative planetary geologists. In 1959, the Soviet probe Luna 3 took the first photos of the far side of the moon. Even in their poor resolution, the images stunned scientists: the far side is an enormous mountainous expanse, not the vast lava-plains seen from Earth. Subsequent missions have confirmed this in much greater detail. How could this be, and what might it tell us about our own place in the universe? As it turns out, quite a lot. Fourteen billion years ago, the universe exploded into being, creating galaxies and stars. Planets formed out of the leftover dust and gas that coalesced into larger and larger bodies orbiting around each star. In a sort of heavenly survival of the fittest, planetary bodies smashed into each other until solar systems emerged. Curiously, instead of being relatively similar in terms of composition, the planets in our solar system, and the comets, asteroids, satellites and rings, are bewitchingly distinct. So, too, the halves of our moon. In When the Earth Had Two Moons, esteemed planetary geologist Erik Asphaug takes us on an exhilarating tour through the farthest reaches of time and our galaxy to find out why. Beautifully written and provocatively argued, When the Earth Had Two Moons is not only a mind-blowing astronomical tour but a profound inquiry into the nature of life here—and billions of miles from home.

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Title Calculating the Cosmos
Author Ian Stewart
Publisher Basic Books
Release Date 2016-10-25
Category Mathematics
Total Pages 360
ISBN 9780465096114
Language English, Spanish, and French
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A prize-winning popular science writer uses mathematical modeling to explain the cosmos. In Calculating the Cosmos, Ian Stewart presents an exhilarating guide to the cosmos, from our solar system to the entire universe. He describes the architecture of space and time, dark matter and dark energy, how galaxies form, why stars implode, how everything began, and how it's all going to end. He considers parallel universes, the fine-tuning of the cosmos for life, what forms extraterrestrial life might take, and the likelihood of life on Earth being snuffed out by an asteroid. Beginning with the Babylonian integration of mathematics into the study of astronomy and cosmology, Stewart traces the evolution of our understanding of the cosmos: How Kepler's laws of planetary motion led Newton to formulate his theory of gravity. How, two centuries later, tiny irregularities in the motion of Mars inspired Einstein to devise his general theory of relativity. How, eighty years ago, the discovery that the universe is expanding led to the development of the Big Bang theory of its origins. How single-point origin and expansion led cosmologists to theorize new components of the universe, such as inflation, dark matter, and dark energy. But does inflation explain the structure of today's universe? Does dark matter actually exist? Could a scientific revolution that will challenge the long-held scientific orthodoxy and once again transform our understanding of the universe be on the way? In an exciting and engaging style, Calculating the Cosmos is a mathematical quest through the intricate realms of astronomy and cosmology.

Cosmic Alignment by C. Countess

Title Cosmic Alignment
Author C. Countess
Publisher iUniverse
Release Date 2004-06
Category Science
Total Pages 140
ISBN 9780595317707
Language English, Spanish, and French
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Cosmic Alignment with the Cosmic Mind and the Cosmic Pattern clearly outlines 1) That the structure of the Universe is parallel to and resembles the structure of the Mind as if the Universe is a universal mind and our minds miniature Universes. 2) A universal pattern of expansion/contraction that pervades the Universe, the Mind, and Society. 3) An alignment of the Universe as a whole and the Individual. Interestingly enough, there has been a recent growing interest in a Cosmic Alignment," that coincides with this one and is scheduled to reach its peak (Dec 21 2012) ushering in great change, for better or worse, depending on ones point of view. This has been featured on The History Channel, and the subject is also all over the web. One only has to Google "Cosmic Alignment," to bring it up. Also, the 2006 Nobel Prize in Physics , was awarded to two physicist for their discovery of a Cosmic Pattern and Alignment . World renown physicist "Stephen Hawking" called it, perhaps the greatest discovery of the millennium or perhaps all time . This is no mere coincidence in the negative sense of seemingly but not really related, but is in fact an affirmation of the timeliness and correctness of the subject of the book, for they are all one and the same "Cosmic Pattern and Alignment". There is nothing more powerful than an idea whose time has come Victor Hugo, influential French poet and social activist. This is an Idea whose time has definitely come The Social, Philosophical and Scientific implications are tremendous. Drastic change is coming ready or not. But it doesn't have to be all negative and won't be with a better understanding of this "Cosmic Alignment and Pattern". This book will shed much light on that much needed understanding, which is a must for every human being on the planet. When you read this book you will find that I am correct. Conrad J Countess

Title In Search of the Multiverse
Author John Gribbin
Publisher Penguin UK
Release Date 2009-08-27
Category Science
Total Pages 240
ISBN 9780141956510
Language English, Spanish, and French
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We once had to abandon the idea of earth being at the centre of the universe. Now, we need to confront an even more profound possibility: the universe itself might just be one universe among many. In Search of the Multiverse takes us on an extraordinary journey, examining the most fundamental questions in science. What are the boundaries of our universe? Can there be different physical laws from the ones we know? Are there in fact other universes? Do we really live in a multiverse? This book is a search - the ultimate search - exploring the frontiers of reality. Ideas that were once science fiction have now come to dominate modern physics. And, as John Gribbin shows, there is increasing evidence that there really is more to the universe than we can see. Gribbin guides us through the different competing theories (there is more than one multiverse!) revealing what they have in common and what we can come to expect. He gives a brilliant tour of the current state of cosmology. John Gribbin is our best, most accessible guide to the big questions of science. And there is no bigger question than our search for the multiverse.

The Human Cosmos by Jo Marchant

Title The Human Cosmos
Author Jo Marchant
Publisher Penguin
Release Date 2020-09-01
Category Science
Total Pages 400
ISBN 9780593183021
Language English, Spanish, and French
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A Best Book of 2020 NPR A Best Book of 2020 The Economist A Top Ten Best Science Book of 2020 Smithsonian A Best Science & Technology Book of 2020 Library Journal A Must-Read Book to Escape the Chaos of 2020 Newsweek Starred review Booklist Starred review Publishers Weekly An historically unprecedented disconnect between humanity and the heavens has opened. Jo Marchant's book can begin to heal it. For at least 20,000 years, we have led not just an earthly existence but a cosmic one. Celestial cycles drove every aspect of our daily lives. Our innate relationship with the stars shaped who we are--our art, religious beliefs, social status, scientific advances, and even our biology. But over the last few centuries we have separated ourselves from the universe that surrounds us. It's a disconnect with a dire cost. Our relationship to the stars and planets has moved from one of awe, wonder and superstition to one where technology is king--the cosmos is now explored through data on our screens, not by the naked eye observing the natural world. Indeed, in most countries modern light pollution obscures much of the night sky from view. Jo Marchant's spellbinding parade of the ways different cultures celebrated the majesty and mysteries of the night sky is a journey to the most awe inspiring view you can ever see--looking up on a clear dark night. That experience and the thoughts it has engendered have radically shaped human civilization across millennia. The cosmos is the source of our greatest creativity in art, in science, in life. To show us how, Jo Marchant takes us to the Hall of the Bulls in the caves at Lascaux in France, and to the summer solstice at a 5,000-year-old tomb at New Grange in Ireland. We discover Chumash cosmology and visit medieval monks grappling with the nature of time and Tahitian sailors navigating by the stars. We discover how light reveals the chemical composition of the sun, and we are with Einstein as he works out that space and time are one and the same. A four-billion-year-old meteor inspires a search for extraterrestrial life. The cosmically liberating, summary revelation is that star-gazing made us human.

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