The Quest to Find the True Age of the Universe and the Theory of Everything

Book - 2016
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The 20th century gave us two great theories of physics: the general theory of relativity, which describes the behaviour of things on a very large scale, including the entire Universe; and quantum theory, which describes the behaviour of things on a very small scale, the sub-atomic world. The refusal of the Universe to reveal an equation that combines these two great ideas has caused some people to doubt our whole understanding of physics. In this landmark new book, popular science master John Gribbin tells the dramatic story of the quest that has led us to discover the true age of the Universe (13.8 billion years) and the stars (just a little bit younger). This discovery, Gribbin argues, is one of humankind's greatest achievements and shows us that physics is on the right track to finding the 'Theory of Everything'. 13.8 provides an eye-opening look at this cutting-edge area of modern cosmology and physics, and tells the compelling story of what modern science has achieved - and what it can still achieve. --Amazon
Publisher: New Haven :, Yale University Press,, 2016.
ISBN: 9780300218275
Characteristics: xiii, 242 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm


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Dec 22, 2017

I enjoy this subject matter as a general rule however; I found this book a little hard to follow due to the ping-pong effect of bouncing names around. I understand the concept of giving credit to all concerned individuals (for good and bad), but you lose a little in the story line.

That said, 13.8 is a good read and very educational about the subject matter of Astronomy. It will provide understanding of the Hubble Constance. How the Hubble Constance works; how it was found; and how it is used in the study of stars and Galaxies to find the age of the Universe.

Just a few thoughts from a Backyard Bozo with Binoculars.


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