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The Resource 13.8 : the quest to find the true age of the universe and the theory of everything, John Gribbin

13.8 : the quest to find the true age of the universe and the theory of everything, John Gribbin

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13.8 : the quest to find the true age of the universe and the theory of everything
Title
13.8
Title remainder
the quest to find the true age of the universe and the theory of everything
Statement of responsibility
John Gribbin
Title variation
  • Thirteen point eight
  • Thirteen, eight
  • Quest to find the true age of the universe and the theory of everything
Creator
Author
Subject
Language
eng
Summary
The twentieth century gave us two great theories of physics. The general theory of relativity describes the behavior of very large things, and quantum theory the behavior of very small things. In this landmark book, John Gribbin--one of the best-known science writers of the past thirty years--presents his own version of the Holy Grail of physics, the search that has been going on for decades to find a unified "Theory of Everything" that combines these ideas into one mathematical package, a single equation that could be printed on a T-shirt, containing the answer to life, the Universe, and everything. With his inimitable mixture of science, history, and biography, Gribbin shows how--despite skepticism among many physicists--these two great theories are very compatible, and point to a deep truth about the nature of our existence. The answer lies, intriguingly, with the age of the universe: 13.8 billion years
Cataloging source
BTCTA
http://library.link/vocab/creatorDate
1946-
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Gribbin, John
Dewey number
523.12
Illustrations
  • illustrations
  • plates
Index
index present
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Cosmochronology
  • Space and time
  • Cosmology
  • Relativity (Physics)
  • Quantum theory
Target audience
adult
Label
13.8 : the quest to find the true age of the universe and the theory of everything, John Gribbin
Instantiates
Publication
Note
Original copyright: 2015
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
  • 1
  • Keeping it simple
  • 165
  • Across the Universe
  • 169
  • Doubling the distances
  • 169
  • Hubble's heir
  • 177
  • Another Great Debate
  • 184
  • 2.898 - Prehistory: Spectra and the nature of stars
  • 8
  • 13.8 - Surveys and satellites
  • 189
  • Culmination of a tradition
  • 189
  • Too perfect?
  • 192
  • Dark side
  • 197
  • Supernovae and superexpansion
  • 23
  • 206
  • Sounding out the Universe
  • 210
  • Ultimate truth
  • 214
  • Locating lines
  • 23
  • Hunting helium
  • 26
  • Hunting hydrogen
  • 28
  • Heat of the Sun
  • Part 0
  • 32
  • Heat of the stars
  • 34
  • Heat inside
  • 37
  • 2
  • 0.008 - At the heart of the Sun
  • 41
  • A French connection
  • 42
  • Prologue
  • No free lunch
  • 44
  • Seats of enormous energies
  • 50
  • A hotter place?
  • 58
  • A quantum of solace
  • 62
  • 3
  • 7.65 - Making 'metals'
  • 1
  • 65
  • Cycles and chains of fusion
  • 69
  • Rocks of ages
  • 75
  • From the Bomb to the stars
  • 79
  • Last should be first
  • 82
  • Stardust
  • 2.712 - Taking the temperature of the Universe
  • 86
  • 4
  • 13.2 - The ages of stars
  • 91
  • Hertzsprung, Russell and the diagram
  • 91
  • Ashes to ashes
  • 93
  • Globular cluster ages
  • 96
  • 3
  • White dwarf ages
  • 100
  • Radiometric ages and the oldest known star
  • 105
  • Part 2
  • How Do We Know the Age of the Universe?
  • 113
  • 5
  • 31.415 - Prehistory: Galaxies and the Universe at large
  • 115
  • Part 1
  • Power of pure reason
  • 116
  • One step forward, two steps back
  • 118
  • Nebular spectroscopy
  • 121
  • First steps
  • 123
  • Long and winding road
  • 128
  • How Do We Know the Ages of Stars?
  • An unresolved debate
  • 131
  • A universe destroyed
  • 135
  • 6
  • 575 - The discovery of the expanding Universe
  • 139
  • Surprising speeds
  • 139
  • Taking the credit
  • 21
  • 142
  • A Russian revolution
  • 148
  • A Priestly intercession
  • 154
  • 7
  • 75 - Sizing up the cosmic soufflé
  • 161
  • Einstein's lost model
  • 163
Control code
ocn920453524
Dimensions
24 cm
Extent
xiii, 242 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates
Isbn
9780300218275
Lccn
2015951744
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Note
523.12 G871 ; XX-N ; [A16BP049, #2, 3@$30.00, DLG/mjj].
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
  • (Sirsi) 920453524
  • (OCoLC)920453524
Label
13.8 : the quest to find the true age of the universe and the theory of everything, John Gribbin
Publication
Note
Original copyright: 2015
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
  • 1
  • Keeping it simple
  • 165
  • Across the Universe
  • 169
  • Doubling the distances
  • 169
  • Hubble's heir
  • 177
  • Another Great Debate
  • 184
  • 2.898 - Prehistory: Spectra and the nature of stars
  • 8
  • 13.8 - Surveys and satellites
  • 189
  • Culmination of a tradition
  • 189
  • Too perfect?
  • 192
  • Dark side
  • 197
  • Supernovae and superexpansion
  • 23
  • 206
  • Sounding out the Universe
  • 210
  • Ultimate truth
  • 214
  • Locating lines
  • 23
  • Hunting helium
  • 26
  • Hunting hydrogen
  • 28
  • Heat of the Sun
  • Part 0
  • 32
  • Heat of the stars
  • 34
  • Heat inside
  • 37
  • 2
  • 0.008 - At the heart of the Sun
  • 41
  • A French connection
  • 42
  • Prologue
  • No free lunch
  • 44
  • Seats of enormous energies
  • 50
  • A hotter place?
  • 58
  • A quantum of solace
  • 62
  • 3
  • 7.65 - Making 'metals'
  • 1
  • 65
  • Cycles and chains of fusion
  • 69
  • Rocks of ages
  • 75
  • From the Bomb to the stars
  • 79
  • Last should be first
  • 82
  • Stardust
  • 2.712 - Taking the temperature of the Universe
  • 86
  • 4
  • 13.2 - The ages of stars
  • 91
  • Hertzsprung, Russell and the diagram
  • 91
  • Ashes to ashes
  • 93
  • Globular cluster ages
  • 96
  • 3
  • White dwarf ages
  • 100
  • Radiometric ages and the oldest known star
  • 105
  • Part 2
  • How Do We Know the Age of the Universe?
  • 113
  • 5
  • 31.415 - Prehistory: Galaxies and the Universe at large
  • 115
  • Part 1
  • Power of pure reason
  • 116
  • One step forward, two steps back
  • 118
  • Nebular spectroscopy
  • 121
  • First steps
  • 123
  • Long and winding road
  • 128
  • How Do We Know the Ages of Stars?
  • An unresolved debate
  • 131
  • A universe destroyed
  • 135
  • 6
  • 575 - The discovery of the expanding Universe
  • 139
  • Surprising speeds
  • 139
  • Taking the credit
  • 21
  • 142
  • A Russian revolution
  • 148
  • A Priestly intercession
  • 154
  • 7
  • 75 - Sizing up the cosmic soufflé
  • 161
  • Einstein's lost model
  • 163
Control code
ocn920453524
Dimensions
24 cm
Extent
xiii, 242 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates
Isbn
9780300218275
Lccn
2015951744
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Note
523.12 G871 ; XX-N ; [A16BP049, #2, 3@$30.00, DLG/mjj].
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
  • (Sirsi) 920453524
  • (OCoLC)920453524

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