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Einstein's Greatest Blunder?: The Cosmological Constant and Other Fudge Factors in the Physics of the Universe

By: Donald Goldsmith

216 pages, Col & b/w photos, illus, figs

Harvard University Press

Paperback | Sep 1997 [1997 reprint] | #68228 | ISBN: 0674242424
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Hardback | Dec 1995 | #47028 | ISBN: 0674242416
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About this book

Analysis of the current cosmological crisis in which the present models used to explain the state of the universe, relying on theorems like the cosmological constant (a theory Einstein later judged as his worst scientific blunder), are constantly modified to take into account the latest discovered anomaly. `A splendid, compact review of all the key cosmological questions currently grabbing the media headlines.' Marcia Bartusiak.

For those seeking to know more about what scientists today think about the universe and why they think it, this well-illustrated book is an excellent place to start.--Robert W. Smith "Air & Space "


Contents

Alice's cosmic restaurant; gravity, motion and light; why stars shine; mapping the Milky Way; the discovery of universal expansion; looking for the Big Bang; walls of galaxies, fingers of God; the elusive age of the cosmos; an uncertain future; the inflationary theory; the mystery of the missing mass; in search of most of the universe; world enough and time; hot dark matter, cold dark matter, what's the matter.

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