Weird Universe

Exploring the Most Bizarre Ideas in Cosmology

  • David A. J. Seargent

Part of the Astronomers' Universe book series (ASTRONOM)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xv
  2. David A. J. Seargent
    Pages 57-112
  3. David A. J. Seargent
    Pages 113-156
  4. David A. J. Seargent
    Pages 213-260
  5. Back Matter
    Pages 261-272

About this book

Introduction

As new discoveries complicate the scientific picture of the universe, the evolving theories about the nature of space and time and the origins and fate of the universe threaten to become overwhelming. Enter David Seargent. Continuing the author's series of books popularizing strange astronomy facts and knowledge, Weird Universe explains the bizarre, complicated terrain of modern cosmology for lay readers. 

From exploring some of the strange consequences of the theories of special and general relativity, to probing time dilation and the twin and mother-and-baby “paradoxes” and the theory that the universe can be mathematically considered as a hologram, all of the latest findings and conjectures are clearly described in non-technical language. The development of quantum physics and the more recent developments of string and M-theory are looked at, in addition to several hypotheses that have not won wide acceptance from the scientific community, such as modified gravity. Enter the wonderfully weird world of these theories and gain a new appreciation for the latest findings in cosmological research.

Keywords

Big Bang Explained Cosmology Theories History of Astronomy Inflationary Theory Explained M-theory Explained Quantum Mechanics Explained String Theory Explained Theoretical Physics Theories Theories on Origins of Universe Theory of Relativity

Authors and affiliations

  • David A. J. Seargent
    • 1
  1. 1.The EntranceAustralia

Bibliographic information

  • DOI https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-10738-7
  • Copyright Information Springer International Publishing Switzerland 2015
  • Publisher Name Springer, Cham
  • eBook Packages Physics and Astronomy
  • Print ISBN 978-3-319-10737-0
  • Online ISBN 978-3-319-10738-7
  • Series Print ISSN 1614-659X
  • Series Online ISSN 2197-6651
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