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Ancient Light: Our Changing View of the Universe

By: A Lightman

170 pages, B/w photos, illus

Harvard University Press

Paperback | May 1993 | #50649 | ISBN: 0674033639
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Most comprehensive, up-to-date, and lucid exploration of cosmology available today.

A short, understandable account of our changing view of the universe and of the scientists who are behind that change...Lightman has done a good job of telling the story of an exciting science. -- William Kolata New York Times Book Review Alan Lightman seeks to mediate between the worlds of modern cosmology and ordinary perception outside its strange precincts--explaining its major theories in simplified terms, introducing its cast...One senses in Ancient Light Alan Lightman's respect for the tiny wondering human mind, whatever its ability to grasp the conundrums of modern cosmology. -- David Mehegan Boston Sunday Globe Lyrical...With its reliance on plain English, metaphor, and creative analogy, Ancient Light brings cosmic abstractions down to Earth with nary a jolt. This little book is a must-read for anyone whose gaze extends beyond his or her own world into the one we--and our ancestors--share. -- Thea Singer Boston Phoenix Literary Section A charming, lucid, and accessible book that is the epitome of good popular science. I have read no finer introduction to cosmology. -- David Hughes New Scientist


Contents

Cosmic Questions Early Cosmologies The Birth of Modern Cosmology The Big Bang Model Other Cosmological Models Difficulties with the Big Bang Model Large-Scale Structure and Dark Matter Instruments and Technology Initial Conditions and Quantum Cosmology Particle Physics, the New Cosmology, and the Inflationary Universe Model The Anthropic Principle At Home Notes Glossary Acknowledgments Illustration Credits Index

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Biography

Alan Lightman is Professor of Science and Writing and Senior Lecturer in Physics at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He is also a Research Scientist at the Harvard Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics.

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