The Universe Next Door

The Universe Next Door : The Making of Tomorrow's Science

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Could time run backwards? Is there an infinity of universes playing out all possible alternative histories? Was our Universe created as a laboratory experiment by superior beings in another universe? These are some of the questions addressed in this text which looks at some of the (often surprising) ideas which are being considered by the brightest, most imaginative minds in science.show more

Product details

  • Hardback | 208 pages
  • 162.6 x 242.3 x 21.6mm | 476.28g
  • Oxford University Press Australia
  • OUP Australia and New Zealand
  • Melbourne, Australia
  • English
  • 0195143825
  • 9780195143829

About Marcus Chown

Marcus Chown, an award-winning writer and broadcaster, is Cosmology Consultant for the weekly science magazine New Scientist. Formerly a radio astronomer at Cal Tech, he is the author of Afterglow of Creation and The Magic Furnace (OUP). He lives in England.show more

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"An enjoyable book...lets readers spend time pondering ideas that go beyond intuitive reasoning.... Chown pursues those intriguing notions by interviewing a collection of renowned scientists from around the world--many of whom express very strange thoughts based on current knowledge."--Nick Nichols, Astronomy"Chown devotes this exciting book to crazy ideas currently brewing in the minds of theoretical physicists. Could time run backward? Does quantum theory promise immortality? Might multiple realties be playing out all possible histories? Could these ideas and others that Chown profiles here be true? Evidence is often sketchy, but the concepts are infinitely intriguing."--Science News"Marcus Chown is a scientific evangelist. The deeper I delved into The Universe Next Door the more I became suffused with a fervor for the subject.... Eminently readable and delightfully thought-provoking."--New Scientist"Reminds me of Carl Sagan at his best."--Michael White, author of Leonardo: The First Scientist"Beautifully explains all kinds of crazy ideas that just might be the next major step forward. Tonic for the imagination, highly recommended!"--Gregory Chaitin, IBM Research Division, author of Conversations with a Mathematicianshow more

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