How the Universe Got Its Spots

How the Universe Got Its Spots : Diary of a Finite Time in a Finite Space

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Conventional wisdom says the universe is infinite. But could it be finite, merely giving the illusion of infinity? Modern science is beginning to drag this abstract issue into the realm of the real, the tangible and the observable. HOW THE UNIVERSE GOT ITS SPOTS looks at how science is coming up sharp against the mind-boggling idea that the universe may be finite. Through a decade of observation and thought-experiment, we have started to chart out the universe in which we live, just as we have mapped the oceans and continents of our planet. Through a kind of cosmic archaeology and without leaving Earth, we can look at the pattern of hot spots left over from the big bang and begin to trace the 'shape of space'. Beautifully written in a colloquial style by a world authority, Janna Levin explores our aspirations to observe our universe and contemplate our deep connection with it.show more

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  • 12-17
  • Paperback | 224 pages
  • 128 x 192 x 20mm | 199.58g
  • Orion Publishing Co
  • Phoenix (an Imprint of The Orion Publishing Group Ltd )
  • London, United Kingdom
  • New edition
  • New edition
  • 75 Diagram(s)
  • 0753813769
  • 9780753813768

About Janna Levin

Janna Levin is a professor of physics and astronomy at Barnard College of Columbia University. She lives in New York and is the winner of the 2007 PEN/Robert Bingham Fellowship for writers and with A MADMAN DREAMS OF TURING MACHINES was a winner of the Mary Shelley Award for Outstanding Fictional Work and a runner-up for the Hemingway Foundation/PEN Award. Find out more at www.jannalevin.comshow more

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Janna was listed as one of three up and coming media stars in the THES this month and her new paperback is receiving good reviews, as the INDEPENDENT says, it's "almost the Fever Pitch of astrophysics" "connects the dots for the lashow more

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