Stunning work of popular science that explores the current, cutting-edge scientific race to fully understand how the universe began and how it will end...
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The science of cosmology is on the brink of a final revolution. Astronomers and physicists are beginning to answer the ultimate questions that have plagued mankind for millennia: how was the universe born? And how will it end? Already scientists have glimpsed the cradle of the universe, now theyre peering into its grave. When results from experiments currently being conducted all over the world finally come together, the findings will constitute one of the greatest moments in science as monumental as the deciphering of the human genome. Alpha and Omega is the story of this cosmological revolution, and of the scientists who are bringing it about. From the universes mythological origins to the theories of Aristotle, Galileo, Copernicus, Kepler and Newton, Charles Seife, acclaimed author of Zero: The Biography of a Dangerous Idea, takes us on a gallop across time and introduces us to the newcomers on this cosmic trail: galaxy-hunters and microwave-eavesdroppers, gravity theorists and atom-smashers, and reveals bitter rivalries between brilliant minds. Making cutting-edge science crystal clear, Alpha and Omega provides fascinating and thrilling explanations of some of the most stunning scientific ideas of our time.