About Time (Library Edition): Cosmology, Time and Culture at the Twilight of the Big Bang

Adam Frank

Edité par Tantor Media, Inc, 2011
ISBN 10: 1452634521 / ISBN 13: 9781452634524
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Language: English . Brand New. The Big Bang is all but dead, and we do not yet know what will replace it. Our universe s beginning is at an end. What does this have to do with us here on Earth? Our lives are about to be dramatically shaken again-as altered as they were with the invention of the clock, the steam engine, the railroad, the radio and the Internet.In About Time, Adam Frank explains how the texture of our lives changes along with our understanding of the universe s origin. Since we awoke to self-consciousness fifty thousand years ago, our lived experience of time-from hunting and gathering to the development of agriculture to the industrial revolution to the invention of Outlook calendars-has been transformed and rebuilt many times. But the latest theories in cosmology-time with no beginning, parallel universes, eternal inflation-are about to send us in a new direction.Time is both our grandest and most intimate conception of the universe. Many books tell the story, recounting the progress of scientific cosmology. Frank tells the story of humanity s deepest question-when and how did everything begin?-alongside the story of how human beings have experienced time. He looks at the way our engagement with the world-our inventions, our habits and more-has allowed us to discover the nature of the universe and how those discoveries, in turn, inform our daily experience.This astounding book will change the way we think about time and how it affects our lives. N° de réf. du libraire

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Synopsis : From Stonehenge to beyond the Big Bang, an exhilarating scientific exploration of how we make time Time is the grandest conception of the universe that we humans have been able to imagine ? and its most intimate, the very frame of human life. In About Time, astrophysicist and award-winning writer Adam Frank tells the scientific story of this wonderful and tyrannical invention.

A Palaeolithic farmer moved through the sun-fuelled day and star-steered night in a radically different way than the Elizabethan merchants who set their pace to the clocks newly installed in their town squares. Since then, science has swept time into increasingly minute and standardized units ? the industrial efficiency of ironworks? punch clocks; the space-age precision of atomic fountains and GPS satellites; the fifteen-minute increments of Outlook?s digital revolution. And in the past decade, string-theory branes, multiverses, and ?clockless? physics have begun to overturn our ideas about how the universe began ? the Big Bang ? in ways that will completely rewrite time and our experience of it. Weaving cosmology with day-to-day chronicles and a down-to-earth style, About Time is both dazzling and riveting as it confronts what comes next.

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Take an exhilarating journey into the science of time, from Stonehenge to the Big Bang and beyond...

The palaeolithic farmer moved through the sun-fuelled day in a radically different way to the modern office worker bound into fifteen-minute Outlook increments - but both grasped time based on the potent scientific discoveries of the age. Now, with the advent of quantum clocks, string theory, multiverses, and other breakthroughs, science is again rewriting time and our experience of it.

Weaving cosmology with everyday, down-to-earth examples across the centuries, award-winning physicist and science writer Adam Frank presents a dazzling, provocative exploration of how time passes through our lives - and what cutting-edge physics has in store for us next.

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Titre : About Time (Library Edition): Cosmology, ...
Éditeur : Tantor Media, Inc
Date d'édition : 2011
Reliure : CD-Audio
Etat du livre : New
Edition : Library ed.

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