The Secret Melody

The Secret Melody : And Man Created the Universe

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Translated from French, this book by a leading astronomer/cosmologist, examines the evolution of the universe, its impact on life, and its relation to human consciousness. The author's unique approach likens the study of the universe to music: one starts with the musical notes of observation; then proceeds to the melody of interpretation and theories; and follows up with predictions (new musical partitions). The universe's challenge to human ingenuity and science is to be able to write and play the symphonies and fugues of its music.show more

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  • Hardback | 329 pages
  • 165.1 x 246.38 x 27.94mm | 725.74g
  • Oxford University Press Inc
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • halftones, line figures, tables, bibliography
  • 0195073703
  • 9780195073706

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"A delightful book which resonates with the rich and stirring harmonies which vibrate throughout the visible universe. Beginning with epic myths about the origin of the universe, Thuan brilliantly summarizes the dazzling discoveries in the bewildering but breath-taking world of cosmology. Thoughtful, compelling, and inspired, The Secret Melody is a sheer delight to the reader, a sure guide to the teasing apart the delicious, timeless melodies which have fascinated our finest poets and challenged our greatest scientists."--Michio Kaku, author of Hyerspace: A Scientific Odyssey Through Parallel Universes, Time Warps, and the 10th Dimension"Imaginatively organized and beautifully written. It presents a clear, engrossing account of the most fascinating aspects of our universe."--Lyman Spitzer, Jr., Department of Astrophysical Sciences, Princeton University"Clear, comprehensive, well written (and well translated), this is a fine introduction to the key issues of modern cosmology."--Kirkus Reviews"Readers...should devour Thuan's gateway presentation."--Booklist"One of the better books written for the educated lay reader on the modern theory of cosmology."--Library Journal "A delightful book which resonates with the rich and stirring harmonies which vibrate throughout the visible universe. Beginning with epic myths about the origin of the universe, Thuan brilliantly summarizes the dazzling discoveries in the bewildering but breath-taking world of cosmology. Thoughtful, compelling, and inspired, The Secret Melody is a sheer delight to the reader, a sure guide to the teasing apart the delicious, timeless melodies which have fascinated our finest poets and challenged our greatest scientists."--Michio Kaku, author of Hyerspace: A Scientific Odyssey Through Parallel Universes, Time Warps, and the 10th Dimension "Imaginatively organized and beautifully written. It presents a clear, engrossing account of the most fascinating aspects of our universe."--Lyman Spitzer, Jr., Department of Astrophysical Sciences, Princeton University "Clear, comprehensive, well written (and well translated), this is a fine introduction to the key issues of modern cosmology."--Kirkus Reviews "Readers...should devour Thuan's gateway presentation."--Booklist "One of the better books written for the educated lay reader on the modern theory of cosmology."--Library Journal "A delightful book which resonates with the rich and stirring harmonies which vibrate throughout the visible universe. Beginning with epic myths about the origin of the universe, Thuan brilliantly summarizes the dazzling discoveries in the bewildering but breath-taking world of cosmology. Thoughtful, compelling, and inspired, The Secret Melody is a sheer delight to the reader, a sure guide to the teasing apart the delicious, timeless melodies which have fascinated our finest poets and challenged our greatest scientists."--Michio Kaku, author of Hyerspace: A Scientific Odyssey Through Parallel Universes, Time Warps, and the 10th Dimension "Imaginatively organized and beautifully written. It presents a clear, engrossing account of the most fascinating aspects of our universe."--Lyman Spitzer, Jr., Department of Astrophysical Sciences, Princeton University "Clear, comprehensive, well written (and well translated), this is a fine introduction to the key issues of modern cosmology."--Kirkus Reviews "Readers...should devour Thuan's gateway presentation."--Booklist "One of the better books written for the educated lay reader on the modern theory of cosmology."--Library Journal "A delightful book which resonates with the rich and stirring harmonies which vibrate throughout the visible universe. Beginning with epic myths about the origin of the universe, Thuan brilliantly summarizes the dazzling discoveries in the bewildering but breath-taking world of cosmology.Thoughtful, compelling, and inspired, The Secret Melody is a sheer delight to the reader, a sure guide to the teasing apart the delicious, timeless melodies which have fascinated our finest poets and challenged our greatest scientists."--Michio Kaku, author of Hyerspace: A Scientific Odyssey ThroughParallel Universes, Time Warps, and the 10th Dimension"Imaginatively organized and beautifully written. It presents a clear, engrossing account of the most fascinating aspects of our universe."--Lyman Spitzer, Jr., Department of Astrophysical Sciences, Princeton University"Clear, comprehensive, well written (and well translated), this is a fine introduction to the key issues of modern cosmology."--Kirkus Reviews"Readers...should devour Thuan's gateway presentation."--Booklist"One of the better books written for the educated lay reader on the modern theory of cosmology."--Library Journalshow more

About Trinh Xuan Thuan

About the Author: Trinh Xuan Thuan is Professor of Astronomy at the University of Virginia. The Secret Melody first appeared in France, where it was a major bestseller and where Thuan is widely known for his popular science books and television appearances. In fact, he has been sometimes called "the French Carl Sagan."show more

Table of contents

1: Past Universes. 2: From the Milky Way to the Universe. 3: The Actors in the Drama: The Galaxies and the Space-Time Couple. 4: The Big Bang Today. 5: The History Book of the Universe. 6: The Invisible and the Fate of the Universe. 7: An Accidental or Necessary Universe?. 8: God and the Big Bang. 9: The Secret Melody. 10: Appendix A: Light and the Doppler Effect. 11: Appendix B: The Elasticity of the Space-Time Couple. 12: Appendix C: Black Holes. 13: Appendix D: The Uncertainty Principle in Quantum Mechanics. 14: Appendix E: The Cosmological Parameters and the Evolution of the Universe. 15: Glossary. 16: Bibliography. 17: Indexshow more

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