The Universe in the Rearview Mirror

The Universe in the Rearview Mirror

How Hidden Symmetries Shape Reality

eBook - 2013
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The "Ask a Physicist" columnist for io9.com explains how space, time, and everything in between are shaped by hidden symmetries that have driven recent discoveries about the universe.
Publisher: New York, New York :, Dutton,, [2013]
ISBN: 9781101624296
1101624299
Characteristics: 1 online resource (xxii, 330 pages) : illustrations.
Contents: Introduction: in which I set everything up, so it's probably best not to skip ahead
Antimatter : in which we learn why there is something rather than nothing
Entropy : in which we explore where time comes from or whether it just is
The cosmological principle : in which we learn why it is dark at night
Emmy Noether : in which we determine what symmetry really means
Relativity : in which we fail to build an intergalactic ansible
Gravity : in which we learn why black holes don't last forever
Replacement : in which we consider the design specifications for a teleportation device
Spin : in which we investigate why you aren't a sentient cloud of helium and what a spoonful of neutron star would do to you
Higgs : in which we explore the origin of mass and why physics isn't stamp collecting
Hidden symmetries : in which objects in the mirror are closer than they appear
Appendix
Roadside attraction 1. The particle zoo
Roadside attraction 2. A side of symmetries.
Summary: The "Ask a Physicist" columnist for io9.com explains how space, time, and everything in between are shaped by hidden symmetries that have driven recent discoveries about the universe.

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TimelyAbyss
Oct 29, 2013

Very well written and quite a page turner. Anyone interested in the current views of science on how and why the universe works will love this book. It is in similar vein to "A Universe in a Nutshell" by Stephen Hawking but explained much more colorfully and with nice humor thrown in.

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