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30-Second Universe


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Table of Contents

6 Introduction

10 Origins of the Universe
14 Profile: Henrietta Swan Leavitt
16 Big Bang
18 Where it all began
20 When it all began
22 How it all began
24 The forces awaken
26 Baryon acoustic oscillations
28 Matter & antimatter
30 Cosmic microwave background
32 Cosmic reionization

34 Observable Universe
38 Profile: Vera Rubin
40 General relativity
42 Cosmic curvature
44 Cosmological constant
46 Gravity
48 Matter bright & dark
50 Energy bright & dark

52 Quantum Universe
56 Profile: Marie Curie
58 Quantum uncertainty
60 Standard model
62 Higgs boson
64 Bosons, the force carriers
66 Missing mass
68 Neutrinos

70 Physical Universe
74 Profile: Hypatia of Alexandria
76 Kepler's laws of orbital motion
78 Newton's laws of motion
80 Black holes
82 Galaxies
84 Stars
86 Between the stars
88 Planets
90 Life as we know it

92 Metaphysical Universe
96 Profile: Immanuel Kant
98 Ancient universe
100 Universe hypothesized
102 Universe observed
104 Knowing the unknowable
106 Why are we here?
108 Cosmic consciousness

110 Fate of the Universe
114 Profile: Stephen Hawking
116 End of life on Earth
118 Fate of our planet
120 Death of the Sun
122 Galaxies crash
124 Stars into ash
126 Matter disintegrated
128 Black holes evaporated
130 Finale dark & cold

132 Multiverse
136 Profile: Erwin Schroedinger
138 Infinite universe
140 Many worlds
142 String theory
144 Supersymmetry
146 M-Theory
148 Cosmic multiconnections
150 Universe unknown

152 Appendices
154 Resources
156 Notes on authors
158 Index
160 Acknowledgements

About the Author

Charles Liu is a Professor of Astrophysics at the City University of New York's College of Staten Island, an associate with the Hayden Planetarium, and of the department of astrophysics at the American Museum of Natural History in New York. He received the 2001 American Institute of Physics Science Writing Award for his book One Universe: At Home in the Cosmos. He lives in Montclair, New Jersey.

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