The Left Hand of Creation The Origin and Evolution of the

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The Left Hand of Creation The Origin and Evolution of the Expanding Universe Taylor Ranch IdahoFrank Church River of No Return Wilderness Consider the ghostly neutrino This elementary subatomic particle carries with it not only an uncanny reminder of a time eons ago when symmetries were perfect but also a clue as to how they came to be broken For every neutrino that now spins to the left there was once one that spun to the right these parallel twins were destroyed in the Big Bang that cosmic apocalypse that most scientists now agree created the universe And this decay of symmetry is reflected in the building blocks of organic life as well The helical structures of our own genetic material spiral to the left; no right turning counterparts exist The left hand of creation has a long reach indeed extending from the beginning of time to the miracles of life we witness everyday In this provocative and widely praised volume two internationally acclaimed astronomers show nonspecialist readers how the latest scientific research is helping to solve one of humankind's oldest riddles the origins of the universe In clear nontechnical terms John D Barrow and Joseph Silk explain how the physics of elementary particles and the scenarios of cosmology converge in theories that illuminate the beginnings the evolution and the possible future of our world and its seemingly infinite neighbors In the process they lead us along an amazing path of discovery We examine the black body radiation still detectable in space today once the predominant constituent of the universe now a cosmic fossil of the primeval fireball explore the Milky Way with stars swirling around its center than people who ever lived on Earth and find that all we see around us is inextricably linked to the exceedingly remote past As it traces the origins and development of the universe The Left Hand of Creation asks some compelling uestions What was the beginning of time like Was it a time of chaos or of smooth transition Was it unfathomably hot or inconceivably cold In attempting to answer these and other uestions Barrow and Silk effortlessly cover the entire spectrum of modern theory making even the most arcane and difficult accessible to the layperson They offer succinct readable accounts of such cutting edge fields of inuiry as uantum physics uark theory particle physics and astronomy to name but a few And they also introduce us to the scientists whose collective genius made modern cosmological study possible in the first place There is Edwin Hubble whose Red Shift Theory proved that the universe is expanding; the eighteenth century English clergyman John Michell whose revolutionary ideas about gravity predicted the discovery of black holes by American physicist John Wheeler some two centuries later; and of course the titanic figure of Einstein whose Theory of Relativity looms behind virtually every breakthrough in modern physics A book for anyone who has ever contemplated how the world came to be or has simply awestruck by a starry sky at night The Left Hand of Creation offers a treasure trove of insights and explanations

  • Hardcover
  • 288 pages
  • The Left Hand of Creation The Origin and Evolution of the Expanding Universe
  • John D. Barrow
  • English
  • 06 February 2015
  • 9780195086751

About the Author: John D. Barrow

John D Barrow is a professor of mathematical sciences and director of the Millennium Mathematics Project at Cambridge University and a Fellow of the Royal SocietyHe was awarded the 2006 Templeton Prize for Progress Toward Research or Discoveries about Spiritual Realities for his writings about the relationship between life and the universe and the nature of human understanding which have c