Ever since the first rocket entered space, science and technology have become the obsessions of the 20th century. With their aid it seems possible that man can discover his own origins and learn the history of the cosmos. This book is the story of the cosmologists whose job discription is to determine the fate of the universe. As well as the creation myths, there are radically opposing theories of the world's origin. Some hold the "big bang" theory, by which the world began in a fiery cataclysm and might disapear again in an equally spectacular crash. Others believe that the universe is infinite and always the same. This is a tribute to the human beings who, with the help of science, might eventually reach the truth.
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A fascinating insider's glimpse of the human side of cosmology--the controversies, dramas, speculations, and disappointments. In the background of laboratories, lonely offices, and observatories, Overbye spent years observing the brilliant scientists dedicated to discovering the mysteries of the universe. Photographs; index.From the Back Cover:
In southern California, nearly a half century ago, a small band of researchers -- equipped with a new 200-inch telescope and a faith born of scientific optimism -- embarked on the greatest intellectual adventure in the history of humankind: the search for the origin and fate of the universe. Their quest would eventually engulf all of physics and astronomy, leading not only to the discovery of quasars, black holes, and shadow matter but also to fame, controversy, and Nobel Prizes. Lonely Hearts of the Cosmos tells the story of the men and women who have taken eternity on their shoulders and stormed nature in search of answers to the deepest questions we know to ask.
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Book Description Harpercollins, 1991. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. book. Bookseller Inventory # 0060159642
Book Description Harpercollins, 1991. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. Bookseller Inventory # DADAX0060159642
Book Description Harpercollins, 1991. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. Bookseller Inventory # P110060159642