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The Universe Next Door: Twelve Mind-blowing Ideas from the Cutting Edge of Science Paperback – 6 Jan 2003

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  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Headline Review; New Ed edition (6 Jan. 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0747235287
  • ISBN-13: 978-0747235286
  • Product Dimensions: 13 x 2 x 19.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars 26 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 484,122 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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In his work as Cosmology Consultant for New Scientist magazine, Marcus Chown often comes across mind-blowing ideas and in The Universe Next Door he explores 12 of the most extraordinary. He delves into regions of space where time travels backwards, the possibility that the many worlds theorem implies that we can live forever and invisible mirror-matter interacting with ours only via gravity. As he points out in the foreword, such apparently crazy ideas are essential for pushing forward the frontiers of science and the concepts presented here are attempts to answer the big questions about reality, time and the origins of the universe. Why are the laws of physics so perfectly tuned that they allow atoms, stars and people to exist? Is there perhaps infinity of universes out there, all with different physical laws? Some theorists have suggested that our universe was deliberately created by vastly superior aliens, or that universes are born within the singularities of black holes and that those with physical laws like ours will reproduce themselves many times, while others will not.

It’s all well-written and thought-provoking, but there are few brand-new ideas here. If you read New Scientist or other popular cosmology books, you’ll have come across most of these concepts before, but if not, this is a good place to start. The universe is a very strange place and the more we learn about it, the stranger it becomes. Chown is a friendly guide through the weirdness. --Elizabeth Sourbut --Ce texte fait référence à l'édition Hardcover.

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[An] exuberant book. A parallel universe where science is actually fun... a beguiling portrait of science (The Independent)

Concepts discussed with clarity and style (The Scotsman)

An enjoyable romp among the abstruse theories of 21st-century science (The Scotsman)

Punchy, conversational and well-stocked with reader-friendly analogies. A wonderful collection of exceedingly strange ideas (Scotland on Sunday)

Chown is excellent at helping us... confront such questions (The Glasgow Herald)

Finest cosmology writer of our day (Matt Ridley (Author of GENOME))

Science expands the mind. It transports you to the frontiers of the unknown. And my, what frontiers these are! (New Scientist)

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