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The Resource Flashes of creation : George Gamow, Fred Hoyle, and the great Big bang debate, Paul Halpern

Flashes of creation : George Gamow, Fred Hoyle, and the great Big bang debate, Paul Halpern

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Flashes of creation : George Gamow, Fred Hoyle, and the great Big bang debate
Title
Flashes of creation
Title remainder
George Gamow, Fred Hoyle, and the great Big bang debate
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Paul Halpern
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Language
eng
Summary
"In the past decade, Paul Halpern has brought readers three stunning histories of science -- Einstein's Dice and Schroedinger's Cats, The Quantum Labyrinth, and Synchronicity -- that reveal the twisted, bizarre, and illuminating stories of physics' greatest thinkers and ideas. In Flashes of Creation, Halpern turns to what might be the biggest story of them all: the discovery of the origins of the universe and everything in it. Today, the Big Bang is so deeply entrenched in our understanding of the universe that to doubt it would seem crazy. And that is pretty much what has happened to the last major opponent of the theory, British astronomer Fred Hoyle. If anyone knows his name today, they probably think he went off the deep end--or at least was so very wrong for so long as to seem completely obtuse. But the hot-headed Hoyle saw himself as a crusader for physics, defending scientific progress from a band of charlatans. His doggedness was equalled by one man alone: Russian-American physicist George Gamow, who saw the idea of the Big Bang as essential to explaining where the Universe came from, and why it's full of the matter that surrounds us. The stakes were high! And the ensuing battle, waged in person and through the media over decades, was as fiery as the cosmic cataclysm the theory describes. Most of us might guess who turned out to be right (Gamow, mostly) and who noisily spun out of control as the evidence against his position mounted (Hoyle). Unfortunately for Hoyle, he is mostly remembered for giving the theory the silliest name he could think of: 'The Big Bang.' But as Halpern so eloquently demonstrates, even the greatest losers in physics -- including those who seem as foolish and ornery as Fred Hoyle -- have much to teach us, about boldness, imagination, and even the universe itself"--
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1961-
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Halpern, Paul
Dewey number
  • 520.92
  • B
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
index present
LC call number
QB991.B54
LC item number
H35 2021
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
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  • Gamow, George
  • Hoyle, Fred
  • Big bang theory
  • Cosmology
  • Scientists
  • Gamow, George
  • Hoyle, Fred
  • SCIENCE / Astronomy
  • Big bang theory
  • Cosmology
  • Scientists
Target audience
adult
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Flashes of creation : George Gamow, Fred Hoyle, and the great Big bang debate, Paul Halpern
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Copyright
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 257-274) and index
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volume
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  • nc
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rdacarrier
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text
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  • txt
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rdacontent
Contents
Introduction: The quest for the origin of everything -- Children of an expanding cosmos -- Preparing the battlefield : anticipations of a cosmological clash -- Unlocking the nucleus -- Recurrence in the dead of night : the theory of continuous creation -- Alpha to omega : a fiery beginning -- Building elements -- Triumph of the Big bang -- The point of no return -- Life on the fringes -- Conclusion: The legacies of Gamow and Hoyle
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MSTDDAPRINT1226566008
Dimensions
25 cm
Edition
First edition.
Extent
ix, 292 pages
Isbn
9781541673595
Lccn
2020054994
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
illustrations
Label
Flashes of creation : George Gamow, Fred Hoyle, and the great Big bang debate, Paul Halpern
Publication
Copyright
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 257-274) 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
Introduction: The quest for the origin of everything -- Children of an expanding cosmos -- Preparing the battlefield : anticipations of a cosmological clash -- Unlocking the nucleus -- Recurrence in the dead of night : the theory of continuous creation -- Alpha to omega : a fiery beginning -- Building elements -- Triumph of the Big bang -- The point of no return -- Life on the fringes -- Conclusion: The legacies of Gamow and Hoyle
Control code
MSTDDAPRINT1226566008
Dimensions
25 cm
Edition
First edition.
Extent
ix, 292 pages
Isbn
9781541673595
Lccn
2020054994
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
illustrations

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