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The big bang : a view from the 21st century
Harland, David M. (David Michael), 1955-
Publication Information:
London ; New York : Springer ; Chichester, UK : In association with Praxis Pub., [2003]

Physical Description:
xviii, 262 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm
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QB991.B54 H37 2003 Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area

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The first up-to-date book written for the popular enthusiast market which describes the development of modern particle physics and its importance in improving our understanding of the origin and evolution of the Universe.

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Choice Review

Harland's nicely written book chronicles the rapidly developing field of cosmology--the place where astronomy and particle physics converge. Beginning with a short primer on elementary astronomy, Harland (space historian, UK) leads readers on a whirlwind tour of basic electromagnetic theory, quantum mechanics, gravitational theory, and particle physics--all this in about 100 pages! Readers should not be intimidated; this is just the most essential background for his discourse on one of the late 20th century's most significant discoveries: that not only is the universe expanding at an accelerating rate, but the vast majority of it is invisible, and quite different from the matter and energy we experience in our daily activities. The book is liberally sprinkled with useful charts and photos that illustrate the more difficult concepts. It is written in a nontechnical yet accurate manner that will appeal to science buffs. The story line gives a good sense of the real way science advances in fits and starts, yet ultimately gets at the truth. This reviewer is glad to have this book on his shelf. ^BSumming Up: Highly recommended. General readers; lower-division undergraduates through graduate students; two-year technical program students. T. D. Oswalt Florida Institute of Technology