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

The Quest to Find the True Age of the Universe and the Theory of Everything A celebrated astronomer makes a powerful case for the harmony between two of physics most important and seemingly contradictory theories The twentieth century gave us two great theories of physics The

  • Title: 13.8: The Quest to Find the True Age of the Universe and the Theory of Everything
  • Author: John Gribbin
  • ISBN: 9780300218275
  • Page: 366
  • Format: Hardcover
  • A celebrated astronomer makes a powerful case for the harmony between two of physics most important and seemingly contradictory theories The twentieth century gave us two great theories of physics The general theory of relativity describes the behavior of very large things, and quantum theory the behavior of very small things In this landmark book, John Gribbin one ofA celebrated astronomer makes a powerful case for the harmony between two of physics most important and seemingly contradictory theories The twentieth century gave us two great theories of physics The general theory of relativity describes the behavior of very large things, and quantum theory the behavior of very small things In this landmark book, John Gribbin one of the best known science writers of the past thirty years presents his own version of the Holy Grail of physics, the search that has been going on for decades to find a unified Theory of Everything that combines these ideas into one mathematical package, a single equation that could be printed on a T shirt, containing the answer to life, the Universe, and everything With his inimitable mixture of science, history, and biography, Gribbin shows how despite skepticism among many physicists these two great theories are very compatible, and point to a deep truth about the nature of our existence The answer lies, intriguingly, with the age of the universe 13.8 billion years.

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  • John Gribbin

    John R Gribbin is a British science writer, an astrophysicist, and a visiting fellow in astronomy at the University of Sussex The topical range of his prolific writings includes quantum physics, biographies of famous scientists, human evolution, the origins of the universe, climate change and global warming His also writes science fiction.John Gribbin graduated with his bachelor s degree in physics from the University of Sussex in 1966 Gribbin then earned his master of science M.Sc degree in astronomy in 1967, also from the Univ of Sussex, and he earned his Ph.D in astrophysics from the University of Cambridge 1971.In 1968, Gribbin worked as one of Fred Hoyle s research students at the Institute of Theoretical Astronomy, and wrote a number of stories for New Scientist about the Institute s research and what were eventually discovered to be pulsars.In 1974, Gribbin published, along with Stephen Plagemann, a book titled The Jupiter Effect, that predicted that the alignment of the planets in quadrant on one side of the Sun on March 10, 1982 would cause gravitational effects that would trigger earthquakes in the San Andreas fault, possibly wiping out Los Angeles and its suburbs Gribbin repudiated The Jupiter Effect in the July 17, 1980, issue of New Scientist magazine in which he stated that he had been too clever by half.In 1984, Gribbin published In Search of Schrodinger s Cat Quantum Physics and Reality, the book that he is best known for, which continues to sell well 28 years after publication It has been described as among the best of the first wave of physics popularisations preceding Stephen Hawking s multi million selling A Brief History of Time Gribbin s book has been cited as an example of how to revive an interest in the study of mathematics.In 2006, Gribbin took part in a BBC radio 4 broadcast as an expert witness Presenter Matthew Parris discussed with Professor Kathy Sykes and Gribbin whether Einstein really was a crazy genius.At the 2009 World Conference of Science Journalists, the Association of British Science Writers presented Gribbin with their Lifetime Achievement award.

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  • If we had such a thing as a science writers' hall of fame, John Gribbin would be one of its first inductees. As one of the UK's most respected veterans of the field, and with a background in astrophysics, Gribbin is uniquely placed to take us on a guided tour of the history of attempts to establish the age of the universe, and to combine the general theory of relativity and quantum theory, almost certainly necessary if we are to have an effective picture of the earliest moments of existence.It s [...]


  • For those who had never read a book by John Gribbin, he’s a master of scientific explanation, and his new book is no exception. Keeping a balance between personal participation in the field, precision in the science, and simplicity that would make it easy to understand, it’s quite an art. Gribbin had always impressed me with his ability to do this, book after book.This book is, simply put, about how we came up with a value of 13.8 billion years for the age of the universe. It encapsulates a [...]


  • Well done book. Everything developed to support the 13.8 billion year old age findings of our universe. Chapters had names like:0: 2.7121: 2.8982: 0.0083: 7.654: 13.25: 31.4156: 5757: 758: 13.8Maybe you already know what some/most/all of these numbers mean. The chapter develops the data and people that used this number toward finding answers about our Universe.I particularly liked the details about Lemaitre and how scientifically sound his understanding of the expansion of our universe really wa [...]


  • قرأت الترجمة العربية لهذا الكتاب،وهو أول كتاب أقرأه لجون غريبينرغم أن جزء كبير مما قرأته أعرفه مسبقا إلا أنني استمتعت جدا بقرائته،سأحاول قراءة كتب أخرى لجون غريبين في أقرب فرصة.


  • I really enjoy reading factual books about science and this book was both informative and very readable. It never ceases to amaze me the way scientist study the universe to discover things. This book tells the history of how they tried to determine the age of the universe. Over the years scientists made logical conclusions which in time proved wrong. The age of the earth and the universe grew as scientists learnt more and more with modern equipment. Now the age of the universe has been set at 13 [...]


  • Great meal of hard science and engrossing accounting of the back_story.The story of the quest to work out not just the age of the universe, but how it evolved ,operates and continues to evolve is beautifully told in this book. The science is equally fascinating as is the insights into the characters involved in the quest, their brilliant work and their interplay. Gribbin's own obvious knowledge of the sciences involved, and his wonderful facility of explaining highly complex concepts makes readi [...]


  • This is a lovely book for anyone interested in modern cosmology. It is not really watered down, but at the same time concepts and jargon are well enough explained that even readers with no physics background can probably follow along. This book also does a good job of covering the basics of the history of the science of cosmology, a very brief introduction of course, but sufficient to provide some detail of many of the key people involved in working out the age of the Universe, including several [...]




  • It has been over 50 years since Penzias and Wilson discovered the Cosmic Microwave Background Radiation which established the big bang as the beginning of the Universe but it has taken 50 years since then to establish that the Universe is 13.8 billion years old. This book goes into the science of how we know there was a big bang and how we know when it happened. It goes through the discoverers and the evidence and explains why people think 13.8 billion years is the correct amount of time that th [...]


  • Concise, clearup to date. This book filled in the many holes . in my layman's mind. You'll have to slow down in the sections devoted to the age of the starsbut Gribbin's clear language will reward you with: understanding


  • Age of the universe: one number to memorizeNow we know and this book summarizes 100 years of true science that led to the answer. For the lay reader, this is the one book on modern cosmology to read.


  • شرح الكاتب مميز وسرده للخط الزمني في تقدم الاكتشافات رائع ومبسط لكن الكتاب بشكل عام يحتاج لخلفية بسيطة الى متوسطة في الفيزياء بشكل عام والفيزياء النووية بشكل خاص والفلك ايضا، ما يميز الكاتب ايضا انه جزء من قصة هذا الاكتشاف وانه عاصر معظم ابطال هذه القصة مما يزيد من دقة الوصف [...]


  • A good overview and history of modern technology. I wish it had gone into more detail about how quantum mechanics and Einsteins relativity were compatible. Not the theory of everything I was hoping for, but still an interesting read.


  • I really loved learning about the process it took to learn the age of the universe! It was well written and easy(ish) to understand. I really recommend this to anyone who is interested in space.



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