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COSM (original 1998; edition 1999)
Cosm by Gregory Benford (1998)
Amazon.com Amazon.com Review (ISBN 0380790521, Mass Market Paperback)Alicia Butterworth is a physicist from U.C. Irvine who's trying to re-create the conditions that existed just before the big bang using the Relativistic Heavy Ion Collider on Long Island. Something goes wrong during one of the collider runs, and part of the machine explodes, leaving behind a strange metallic sphere. Butterworth sneaks the object back to Irvine, where she and a colleague determine that what they have on their hands is a window into a miniature universe, or cosm. The cosm is evolving far faster than our own universe, giving Butterworth a ringside seat as the history of creation replays itself. Her theft turns out to be just the start of what, at times, is a boisterous adventure as she becomes ensnared in the intrigue of cloistered academic and scientific circles.
(retrieved from Amazon Thu, 12 Mar 2015 18:24:44 -0400)
An accidental explosion in a laboratory creates a wormhole, a space-time tunnel, which black physicist Alicia Butterworth uses to visit another universe. Time is so fast in this other world, Alicia can observe cosmic evolution as it happens. By the author of Sailing Bright Eternity.
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