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The Little Book of the Big Bang: A Cosmic Primer
The Little Book of the Big Bang explains what modern cosmology is all about - simply, clearly, and with no technical expertise required. The entire universe is in this small book: What happened at the beginning, how matter formed, how structure formed, what may happen to the universe in the future - and most important, how we know all this.
Hardcover, 181 pages
Published February 1st 1999 by Copernicus Books
(first published March 27th 1998)
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On page 5 the author states categorically that the universe is not infinite. However the current thinking is that the universe is extremely large, much bigger than the part that we can see, and there is no reason to suppose that it is not infinite. It certainly doesn't have any edge, because that would be meaningless, and it does not seem to curve back on itself, so an infinite Universe makes most sense. For that reason I would not trust this book.
Definitely balanced the tough goals of popularizing scientific conclusions about the big bang with not dumbing things down to a level where you just get a big picture you already knew about. The philosopher in me didn't like some of the metaphysical speculation at the end - not because it was metaphysical, but because Hogan may see some problems as scientific that really, in principle, cannot be.
This was the second time through this dense little (literally) book; it probably deserves a third read (but won't get it). It is a primer for the layman and jam-packed with good information that helps explain the terms bandied about in discussions of the universe and its beginnings. Although somewhat dry, it is an enjoyable read.