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The Infinite Cosmos: Questions from the Frontiers of Cosmology

by Joseph Silk

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To write competently on cosmology, it is not enough to be a good astronomer. Your knowledge of particle physics also has to be up to snuff. Since writing _On the Shores of the Unknown_, Silk still hasn't learned that electromagnetism is much *stronger* than the weak nuclear force. And to state that muons bind protons and electrons together into neutrons is just shockingly erroneous. The novice reader, while learning much that is valid from the book, would have no way of identifying and disregarding howlers like these.
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From time immemorial, poets and philosophers have looked in awe and wonder at the Universe. Such awe is shared by astrophysicists, too as they seek to understand its nature, and whether it has any limits. In he Infinite Cosmos, Joseph Silk, Savillian Professor of Astronomy at Oxford University, cosmologist and well-known science writer, brings together the modern understanding of the Universe, its structure, its evolution, and its possible fate, combining the latest from theory and observation. The narrative is peppered with quotations from literature and philosophy, and reflects too on the process of scientific discovery and the implications of our discoveries.

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From time immemorial, poets and philosophers have looked in awe and wonder at the Universe. Such awe is shared by astrophysicists, too as they seek to understand its nature, and whether it has any limits. A well-known science writer brings together the modern understanding of the Universe, its structure, its evolution, and its possible fate, combining the latest from theory and observation. The narrative is peppered with quotations from literature and philosophy, and reflects too on the process of scientific discovery and the implications of our discoveries.… (more)

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