A Tear at the Edge of Creation

A Radical New Vision for Life in an Imperfect Universe

Author: Marcelo Gleiser

Publisher: Simon and Schuster

ISBN: 1439127867

Category: Science

Page: 304

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For millennia, shamans and philosophers, believers and nonbelievers, artists and scientists have tried to make sense of our existence by suggesting that everything is connected, that a mysterious Oneness binds us to everything else. People go to temples, churches, mosques, and synagogues to pray to their divine incarnation of Oneness. Following a surprisingly similar notion, scientists have long asserted that under Nature’s apparent complexity there is a simpler underlying reality. In its modern incarnation, this Theory of Everything would unite the physical laws governing very large bodies (Einstein’s theory of relativity) and those governing tiny ones (quantum mechanics) into a single framework. But despite the brave efforts of many powerful minds, the Theory of Everything remains elusive. It turns out that the universe is not elegant. It is gloriously messy. Overturning more than twenty-five centuries of scientific thought, award-winning physicist Marcelo Gleiser argues that this quest for a Theory of Everything is fundamentally misguided, and he explains the volcanic implications this ideological shift has for humankind. All the evidence points to a scenario in which everything emerges from fundamental imperfections, primordial asymmetries in matter and time, cataclysmic accidents in Earth’s early life, and duplication errors in the genetic code. Imbalance spurs creation. Without asymmetries and imperfections, the universe would be filled with nothing but smooth radiation. A Tear at the Edge of Creation calls for nothing less than a new "humancentrism" to reflect our position in the universal order. All life, but intelligent life in particular, is a rare and precious accident. Our presence here has no meaning outside of itself, but it does have meaning. The unplanned complexity of humankind is all the more beautiful for its improbability. It’s time for science to let go of the old aesthetic that labels perfection beautiful and holds that "beauty is truth." It’s time to look at the evidence without centuries of monotheistic baggage. In this lucid, down-to-earth narrative, Gleiser walks us through the basic and cutting-edge science that fueled his own transformation from unifier to doubter—a fascinating scientific quest that led him to a new understanding of what it is to be human.

A Big Ship at the Edge of the Universe

Author: Alex White

Publisher: Hachette UK

ISBN: 0316412082

Category: Fiction

Page: 480

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A crew of outcasts tries to find a legendary ship before it falls into the hands of those who would use it as a weapon in this science fiction adventure series for fans of The Expanse and Firefly. A washed-up treasure hunter, a hotshot racer, and a deadly secret society. They're all on a race against time to hunt down the greatest warship ever built. Some think the ship is lost forever, some think it's been destroyed, and some think it's only a legend, but one thing's for certain: whoever finds it will hold the fate of the universe in their hands. And treasure that valuable can never stay hidden for long.... Read the book that V. E. Schwab called "A clever fusion of magic and sci-fi. I was hooked from page one."

The Light at the Edge of the Universe

Dispatches from the Front Lines of Cosmology

Author: Michael D. Lemonick

Publisher: Princeton University Press

ISBN: 1400864054

Category: Science

Page: 370

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Will the universe expand forever? Or will it collapse in a Big Crunch within the next few billion years? If the Big Bang theory is correct in presenting the origins of the universe as a smooth fireball, how did the universe come to contain structures as large as the recently discovered "Great Wall" of galaxies, which stretches hundreds of millions of light years? Such are the compelling questions that face cosmologists today, and it is the excitement and wonder of their research that Michael Lemonick shares in this lively tour of the current state of astrophysics and cosmology. Here we visit observatories and universities where leading scientists describe how they envision the very early stages, the history, and the future of the universe. The discussions help us to make sense of many recent findings, including cosmic ripples, which supply evidence of the first billionth of a second of the universe; anomalous galactic structures such as the Great Wall, the Great Void, and the Great Attractor; and the mysterious presence of dark matter, massive but invisible. Lemonick assembles this information into a comprehensive, up-to-date picture of modern cosmology, and a portrait of its often contentious practitioners. Originally published in 1995. The Princeton Legacy Library uses the latest print-on-demand technology to again make available previously out-of-print books from the distinguished backlist of Princeton University Press. These editions preserve the original texts of these important books while presenting them in durable paperback and hardcover editions. The goal of the Princeton Legacy Library is to vastly increase access to the rich scholarly heritage found in the thousands of books published by Princeton University Press since its founding in 1905.

At the Edge of the Universe

Author: Shaun David Hutchinson

Publisher: Simon and Schuster

ISBN: 1481449680

Category: Juvenile Fiction

Page: 496

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From the author of We Are the Ants and The Five Stages of Andrew Brawley comes the heartbreaking story of a boy who believes the universe is slowly shrinking as things he remembers are being erased from others’ memories. Tommy and Ozzie have been best friends since the second grade, and boyfriends since eighth. They spent countless days dreaming of escaping their small town—and then Tommy vanished. More accurately, he ceased to exist, erased from the minds and memories of everyone who knew him. Everyone except Ozzie. Ozzie doesn’t know how to navigate life without Tommy, and soon he suspects that something else is going on: that the universe is shrinking. When Ozzie is paired up with new student Calvin on a physics project, he begins to wonder if Calvin could somehow be involved. But the more time they spend together, the harder it is for him to deny the feelings developing between them, even if he still loves Tommy. But Ozzie knows there isn’t much time left to find Tommy—that once the door closes, it can’t be opened again. And he’s determined to keep it open as long as it takes to get his boyfriend back.

Cosmology

The Science of the Universe

Author: Edward Harrison,Edward (University of Massachusetts Harrison, Amherst)

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 9780521661485

Category: Science

Page: 567

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Thoroughly revised and updated introduction to past and present cosmological theory.

Space

From Earth to the Edge of the Universe

Author: Carole Stott,Robert Dinwiddie,Giles Sparrow

Publisher: Dorling Kindersley Ltd

ISBN: 1405365714

Category: Science

Page: 360

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Take an incredible journey through Space, starting from a launchpad on earth, to the solar system, the Milky Way and beyond, and finally to the very edges of the visible universe. Featuring the latest spectacular images from NASA and other sources, including more than 100 pictures released during the last two years, makes this a journey of a lifetime. Discover the technology and spacecrafts behind these extraordinary journeys, learn more about planets, asteroids, and galaxies as they are introduced and supported with explanatory artworks and find out about the important discoveries that have been made

Faith in the Age of Science

Atheism, Religion, and the Big Yellow Crane

Author: Mark Silversides

Publisher: Sacristy Press

ISBN: 190838154X

Category: Religion

Page: 254

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This book carefully examines the claims made by the followers and promoters of both atheism and religion in a rational and engaging way.

A History of the Universe

Volume I: Complexity

Author: Henry Kong M. D.

Publisher: iUniverse

ISBN: 0595860222

Category: Science

Page: 152

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Take a mind blowing journey beyond the furthest stars, from the Big Bang to the end of time. Witness the evolution of complexity, from organic chemistry to the Dinosaurs. Probe the deepest recesses of the human mind in search consciousness itself. It's all here in this dazzling first volume of Henry Kong's history of the Universe.

The Edge of Infinity

Supermassive Black Holes in the Universe

Author: Fulvio Melia

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 9780521814058

Category: Science

Page: 148

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In the past, they were recognized as the most destructive force in nature. Now, following a cascade of astonishing discoveries, supermassive black holes have undergone a dramatic shift in paradigm. Astronomers are finding out that these objects may have been critical to the formation of structure in the early universe, spawning bursts of star formation, planets, and even life itself. They may have contributed as much as half of all the radiation produced after the Big Bang, and as many as 200 million of them may now be lurking through the vast expanses of the observable cosmos. In this elegant, non-technical account, Melia conveys for the general reader the excitement generated by the quest to expose what these giant distortions in the fabric of space and time have to say about our origin and ultimate destiny.

So beschissen schön ist nur das Leben

Author: Shaun David Hutchinson

Publisher: Arena Verlag GmbH

ISBN: 3401807668

Category: Juvenile Fiction

Page: 360

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Drew ist überall bekannt im Krankenhaus und kommt und geht, wie er will. Er hilft, wo er kann, und jeder sieht in ihm einen Freund. Aber nie fragt sich jemand: Wer ist Drew eigentlich? Denn er ist weder Patient im Krankenhaus noch Angestellter dort. Als eines Tages Rusty eingeliefert wird, ein schwerverletzter Junge, der das Leben außerhalb des Krankenhauses ebenso zu fürchten scheint wie er, steht Drew vor einer großen Entscheidung: Traut er sich mit Hilfe von Rusty, da draußen endlich wieder ein richtiges Leben zu führen?

Roger Bacon

The First Scientist

Author: Brian Clegg

Publisher: Hachette UK

ISBN: 1472112121

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 160

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Back in thirteenth-century Europe, in the early years of the great universities, learning was spiced with the danger of mob violence and a terrifyingly repressive religious censorship. Roger Bacon, a humble and devout English friar, seems an unlikely figure to challenge the orthodoxy of his day - yet he risked his life to establish the basis for true knowledge. Born c.1220, Bacon was passionately interested in the natural world and how things worked. Such dangerous topics were vetoed by his Order, and it was only when a new Pope proved sympathetic that he began compiling his encyclopaedia on everything from optics to alchemy - the synopsis took a year and ran to 800,000 words and he was never to complete the work itself. Sadly, the enlightened Pope died, and Bacon was tried as a magician and incarcerated for ten years. Legend transformed Bacon into a sorcerer, 'Doctor Mirabilis', yet he taught that all magic was based on fraud, and his books were the first flowering of the scientific thinking that would transform our world. He advanced the understanding of optics, made geographical breakthroughs later used by Columbus, predicted everything from horseless carriages to the telescope, and stressed the importance of mathematics to science, a significance ignored for 400 years. His biggest contribution was to insist that a study of the natural world by observation and exact measurement was the surest foundation for truth. Clegg uncovers the realities of life in a medieval university and friary, setting out the shadowy facts of Bacon's life alongside his writings. The result is both a fascinating biography and a picture of the age.

The Challenge of Things

Thinking Through Troubled Times

Author: A. C. Grayling

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing

ISBN: 1408864630

Category: Philosophy

Page: 320

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A. C. Grayling's lucid and stimulating books, based on the idea that philosophy should engage with the world and make itself useful, are immensely popular. The Challenge of Things joins earlier collections like The Reason of Things and Thinking of Answers, but this time to collect Grayling's recent writings on the world in a time of war and conflict. In describing and exposing the dark side of things, he also explores ways out of the habits and prejudices of mind that would otherwise trap us forever in the deadly impasses of conflicts of all kinds. Whether he is writing about the First World War and its legacy, free speech, the advantages of an atheist prime minister or the role of science in the arts, his essays are always enlightening, enlivening and hopeful.

The Particle at the End of the Universe

How the Hunt for the Higgs Boson Leads Us to the Edge of a New World

Author: Sean Carroll

Publisher: Penguin

ISBN: 1101609702

Category: Science

Page: 368

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Winner of the prestigious 2013 Royal Society Winton Prize for Science Books “A modern voyage of discovery.” —Frank Wilczek, Nobel Laureate, author of The Lightness of Being The Higgs boson is one of our era’s most fascinating scientific frontiers and the key to understanding why mass exists. The most recent book on the subject, The God Particle, was a bestseller. Now, Caltech physicist Sean Carroll documents the doorway that is opening—after billions of dollars and the efforts of thousands of researchers at the Large Hadron Collider in Switzerland—into the mind-boggling world of dark matter. The Particle at the End of the Universe has it all: money and politics, jealousy and self-sacrifice, history and cutting-edge physics—all grippingly told by a rising star of science writing.

At the Edge of All-That-Is, a Journey Into the Art of the Universe

Author: Stefan Schadwinkel

Publisher: Lulu.com

ISBN: 1411636147

Category: Body, Mind & Spirit

Page: 112

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This book unfolds a non-dualistic world view, a view of Unity. That view is applied to topical scientific and philosophical issues, like Time, the Brain, Chaos and Order, the Human Immune System and Quantum Physics. It is a practical guide to navigate around common scientific, philosophical and spiritual pitfalls. With powerful, inspiring lyric and vivid metaphors, the reader is guided to realize and engage the full human potential. Awe inspiring sacred geometry is described and very advanced Mer-Ka-Ba activation techniques are unveiled. The nature of Mer-Ka-Ba fields is explained and related to the universe as a whole. Connecting the eternal teachings of the ancient masters with state of the art quantum mechanics, the book is the perfect add-on to all systems of co-creation. If you have been delighted by movies like "What the bleep do we know ?!," then this book will open the gates to the mystery right before your eyes. Fasten your seatbelt and get ready for your Journey into the Art of the Universe.

A Wolf at the Table

A Memoir of My Father

Author: Augusten Burroughs

Publisher: St. Martin's Press

ISBN: 9781429937658

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 256

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"As a little boy, I had a dream that my father had taken me to the woods where there was a dead body. He buried it and told me I must never tell. It was the only thing we'd ever done together as father and son, and I promised not to tell. But unlike most dreams, the memory of this one never left me. And sometimes...I wasn't altogether sure about one thing: was it just a dream?" When Augusten Burroughs was small, his father was a shadowy presence in his life: a form on the stairs, a cough from the basement, a silent figure smoking a cigarette in the dark. As Augusten grew older, something sinister within his father began to unfurl. Something dark and secretive that could not be named. Betrayal after shocking betrayal ensued, and Augusten's childhood was over. The kind of father he wanted didn't exist for him. This father was distant, aloof, uninterested... And then the "games" began. With A Wolf at the Table, Augusten Burroughs makes a quantum leap into untapped emotional terrain: the radical pendulum swing between love and hate, the unspeakably terrifying relationship between father and son. Told with scorching honesty and penetrating insight, it is a story for anyone who has ever longed for unconditional love from a parent. Though harrowing and brutal, A Wolf at the Table will ultimately leave you buoyed with the profound joy of simply being alive. It's a memoir of stunning psychological cruelty and the redemptive power of hope.

A Personal Journey Into the Quantum World

God's Silent World

Author: Jean Paul Corriveau

Publisher: iUniverse

ISBN: 1440148252

Category: Science

Page: 612

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“Jean Paul Corriveau’s A Personal Journey into the Quantum World is an ambitious examination of a number of scientific ideas. The book is intelligent and well written and a prodigious accomplishment.” —BlueInk Review “Through a précis of basic physics and quantum physics, Jean Paul Corriveau’s A Personal Journey into the Quantum World presents his own unified theory. Many of the ideas he presents are original and exciting.” —Clarion Review “Equal parts physics and philosophy, Corriveau’s text aims at demystifying the theories of quantum reality and relativity. It makes for a varied and enjoyable read that will likely provoke much thought and discussion and delight readers.” —Kirkus Review

Butterflies at the Edge of Forever (Grayscale)

Discovering and Protecting the Theory of Everything (Toe)

Author: Austin P. Torney

Publisher: Austin Patrick Torney

ISBN: 1440434859

Category: Drama

Page: 468

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ToeQuestors from www.toequest.com discover the Secrets of the Universe, as well as the humorously dangerous implications that follow their possession of the Holy Grail of the genuine Theory of Everything. With the world's future hanging in the balance, they sharpen their wits and skills through the teachings of the learned Grand Masters. Extraordinary mixed media photo composites of tropical and otherworldly scenes beyond compare. Fun science, too. Much original humor. There is no greater quest than to know whence we came and what we are. Humerous and significent. Amazing poems between chapters. Several Theories of Everything looked at. This blend of prose drama and humor, poetry, illustration, and science makes for a totally glorious reading experience."