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Alpha And Omega: The Search For The Beginning And The End Of The Universe Paperback – 1 Nov 2004

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  • Paperback: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Bantam (1 Nov. 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0553814699
  • ISBN-13: 978-0553814699
  • Product Dimensions: 12.8 x 2 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,038,994 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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 they’re 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 universe’s 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.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By The Anonymous Snowman on 16 April 2009
I really enjoyed reading this. Seife continues to use his writing ability and style in a manner that helps you to understand even quite difficult aspects, as in his book Zero. I would say that Zero was more interesting, for me atleast with an interest in mathematics more specifically, but this definitely satisfies the enquiring mind for those who (as some reviews mentioned in the book and in 'Decoding the Universe' says) have had little or no formal training in the sciences.
Alpha and Omega takes you through the development of our cosmological understanding, from the superstitions and gods of old, through the insights gained in earlier science, and to our modern grasp of our universe. This also makes the historical aspect of the book interesting (again, similar to Zero; just reading about mankind's development is intriguing). It later takes you through pretty much all the fundamental particles of the standard model; how they behave, why they are required, and how they were discovered - and even onto future implications, pondering the effects of the next cosmological revolution.
There is some repetition of ideas, examples and illustrations that were used in Zero, so some of the material will be familiar to those who have read it, moreso in the early sections of the book.
Overall, it is a very good read, as well as the writing style.
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