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The Last Three Minutes

Philip R Davies
The Last Three Minutes

The Last Three Minutes

Philip R Davies

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"The Last Three Minutes, by world-renowned physicist and author Paul Davies, is a wonderful, fun book - morbid to the core! - that combines the latest and most scientifically sound thinking about the ultimate fate of the universe with vivid scenarios of how it will feel to those of us still around when the end comes." "Look, if you will, past that last day of sunlight into perpetual night. Experience the onset of stardoom - when the nuclear energy of burning stars is finally exhausted. Journey through those eons of time when black holes are the last major source of energy, devouring the scattered remnants of burnt-out galaxies." "And then, perhaps, the big crunch - the last three minutes, when the temperature of the cosmos becomes so great that even atomic nuclei must disintegrate, when larger and larger regions of space are compressed into smaller and smaller volumes, when, as Davies writes, "the handiwork of the big bang, and of generations of stars in creating heavy chemical elements, is undone in less time than it takes you to read this sentence."" "Will this be the stage on which cosmic life plays out its final act? Or is the universe destined to end very differently and in the much less distant future, overwhelmed by a sudden and unexpected cosmic catastrophe? Indeed, will the universe end at all? If it endures forever, will humanity or our descendants, robots or flesh, find a way to survive through eternal night?"--BOOK JACKET. Title Summary field provided by Blackwell North America, Inc. All Rights Reserved

- Publisher Davies (natural philosophy, U. of Adelaide, Australia) presents a variety of scenarios for the ultimate fate of the universe. He describes theories such as the earth's predicted collision in 2126 with the Swift-Tuttle comet, Helmholtz's theory of the universe's slow disintegration by entropy, and speculations that the violent collapse of our universe may give birth through an umbilical wormhole to a new universe. Davies examines the scientific as well as the human implications of the alternative endings to our universal drama. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.

- Publisher

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About "The Last Three Minutes"

"The Last Three Minutes, by world-renowned physicist and author Paul Davies, is a wonderful, fun book - morbid to the core! - that combines the latest and most scientifically sound thinking about the ultimate fate of the universe with vivid scenarios of how it will feel to those of us still around when the end comes." "Look, if you will, past that last day of sunlight into perpetual night. Experience the onset of stardoom - when the nuclear energy of burning stars is finally exhausted. Journey through those eons of time when black holes are the last major source of energy, devouring the scattered remnants of burnt-out galaxies." "And then, perhaps, the big crunch - the last three minutes, when the temperature of the cosmos becomes so great that even atomic nuclei must disintegrate, when larger and larger regions of space are compressed into smaller and smaller volumes, when, as Davies writes, "the handiwork of the big bang, and of generations of stars in creating heavy chemical elements, is undone in less time than it takes you to read this sentence."" "Will this be the stage on which cosmic life plays out its final act? Or is the universe destined to end very differently and in the much less distant future, overwhelmed by a sudden and unexpected cosmic catastrophe? Indeed, will the universe end at all? If it endures forever, will humanity or our descendants, robots or flesh, find a way to survive through eternal night?"--BOOK JACKET. Title Summary field provided by Blackwell North America, Inc. All Rights Reserved
- Publisher

Davies (natural philosophy, U. of Adelaide, Australia) presents a variety of scenarios for the ultimate fate of the universe. He describes theories such as the earth's predicted collision in 2126 with the Swift-Tuttle comet, Helmholtz's theory of the universe's slow disintegration by entropy, and speculations that the violent collapse of our universe may give birth through an umbilical wormhole to a new universe. Davies examines the scientific as well as the human implications of the alternative endings to our universal drama. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.
- Publisher

Meet the Author

Philip R Davies

Emeritus Professor Philip Davies was educated at Oxford and (Ph.D., University of St Andrews), and he taught in Ghana before he was appointed at Sheffield.

His major interests are in intertestamental and rabbinic literature and in the Persian and Hellenistic periods. He is an expert on the Dead Sea Scrolls, and has written four books on that subject: 1QM: The War Scroll from Qumran; Qumran; The Damascus Covenant and Behind the Essenes. He is co-author with John Rogerson of the textbook, The Old Testament World, and author of a book on Old Testament history, In Search of 'Ancient Israel'.

He and Professor Clines founded the Journal for the Study of the Old Testament, and he sits on the board of the Supplement Series of monographs.

He is also Executive Officer of the European Association of Biblical Studies and an Editor of Equinox Publishing.

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  • Catalogue Code 92191
  • Product Code 0465048927
  • EAN 9780465048922
  • Pages 176
  • Department Academic
  • Category Science
  • Sub-Category General
  • Publisher Basic Books
  • Publication Date Oct 1994
  • Dimensions 248 x 152 x 19 mm
  • Weight 0.395kg

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