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About time : cosmology and culture at the twilight of the big bang

by Frank, Adam, 1962-

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"The Big Bang is dead and astrophysicist Adam Frank explains how our experience of time will change as a result"-- Provided by publisher. Full description


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Table of Contents:
  • Talking sky, working stone and living field : from prehistory to the agricultural revolution
  • The city, the cycle and the epicycle : from the urban revolution to a rational universe
  • The clock, the bell tower and the spheres of God : from the medieval monastery to the renaissance cosmos
  • Cosmic machines, illuminated night and the factory clock : from Newton's universe to thermodynamics and the Industrial Revolution
  • The telegraph, the electric clock and the block universe : the imperatives of simultaneity from time zones to Einstein's cosmos
  • The expanding universe, radio hours and washing machine time : speed, cosmology and culture between the world wars
  • The Big Bang, Telstar, and a new Armageddon : the nuclear big bang's triumph in a televised space age
  • Inflation, cell phones and the outlook universe : information revolutions and the big bang gets in trouble
  • Wheels within wheels : cyclic universes and the challenge of quantum gravity : eternal time through repeating time
  • Ever-changing eternities : the promise and perils of a multiverse : eternal inflation, arrows of time and the anthropic principle
  • Giving up the ghost : the end of beginnings and the end of time : cosmology's radical alternatives in three acts
  • In the fields of leaning grass : ending the beginning in human and cosmic time.