The Inflationary Universe: The Quest For A New Theory Of Cosmic Origins

by Alan H. Guth

Hardcover, 1997




Basic Books, (1997)


This is the compelling, first-hand account of Alan Guth's paradigm-breaking discovery of the origins of the universe--and of his dramatic rise from young researcher to physics superstar. Guth's startling theory--widely regarded as one of the most important contributions to science during the twentieth century--states that the big bang was set into motion by a period of hyper-rapid "inflation," lasting only a billion-trillion-billionth of a second. The Inflationary Universe is the passionate story of one leading scientist's effort to look behind the cosmic veil and explain how the universe began.

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LibraryThing member soylentgreen23
The book is more interesting than the field it describes - or so is my opinion of it. I have studied Physics to degree level, and I am happy to concede that I have little clue about the science behind the Inflationary Principal. That said, as popular science books go, this is quite interesting, and well-written.

Guth does a grand job of relating the affairs and lives of scientists searching for the truth of cosmic origins - those ideas might be well out of reach for most of us, but at least the characters behind the story are human.… (more)


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