The End of Everything (Astrophysically Speaking)

The End of Everything (Astrophysically Speaking)

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From one of the most dynamic rising stars in astrophysics, an accessible and eye-opening look—in the bestselling tradition of Sean Carroll and Carlo Rovelli—at the five different ways the universe could end, and the mind-blowing lessons each scenario reveals about the most important concepts in physics.

We know the universe had a beginning. With the Big Bang, it went from a state of unimaginable density to an all-encompassing cosmic fireball to a simmering fluid of matter and energy, laying down the seeds for everything from dark matter to black holes to one rocky planet orbiting a star near the edge of a spiral galaxy that happened to develop life. But what happens at the end of the story? In billions of years, humanity could still exist in some unrecognizable form, venturing out to distant space, finding new homes and building new civilizations. But the death of the universe is final. What might such a cataclysm look like? And what does it mean for us?

Dr. Katie Mack has been contemplating these questions since she was eighteen, when her astronomy professor first informed her the universe could end at any moment, setting her on the path toward theoretical astrophysics. Now, with lively wit and humor, she unpacks them in The End of Everything, taking us on a mind-bending tour through each of the cosmos’ possible finales: the Big Crunch; the Heat Death; Vacuum Decay; the Big Rip; and the Bounce. In the tradition of Neil DeGrasse’s bestseller Astrophysics for People in a Hurry, Mack guides us through major concepts in quantum mechanics, cosmology, string theory, and much more, in a wildly fun, surprisingly upbeat ride to the farthest reaches of everything we know.

Title:The End of Everything (Astrophysically Speaking)
Edition Language:English
ISBN:9781982103545
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  • Nataliya

    Cosmology is a fascinating field, especially to those non-physicist lay people like yours truly, who love science fiction and through it come to admire astrophysics and cosmology from afar — from a ...

  • Henk

    Thoroughly enjoyable and thought provoking. Brings back memories of my childhood when I was amazed about astronomy (and dinosaurs) in the love the author shows for her subjectIt’s not that it can’...

  • Bryan

    Katie Mack takes us on a delightfully dark journey, explaining in vivid detail five different ways the entire Universe could end. I don’t tend to read a lot of popular astronomy books, because they ...

  • Jenna

    “There is no real ending. It’s just the place where you stop the story.” ~Frank HerbertPeople used to think that ours is a static universe, unchanging and eternal. That there was no "once upon a...

  • Claudia

    Whenever I read about the vastness of the universe, I feel like I travel in time. We see distant galaxies billions of years in the past and I wonder how they look like now.Cosmology is a difficult ast...

  • Lou

    Astrophysicist Katie Mack provides insight into the myriad ways in which the world could end, extinguishing life in the process, and despite the topic being a morbid and sobering one I found it absolu...

  • Paperclippe

    Do you, like me, love footnotes?Then buckle up, friendo, because this is the book for you.Katie Mack is world-renowned in some circles, which is to say, the best circles, for her Twitter account, wher...

  • Mari

    This was the joy of hearing someone talk about something they love in book form. ...

  • Hank

    6 stars, can I give 6 stars? I love physics book, I wanted to become a physicist but didn't quite have enough brain power, so I console myself with brilliant physicists dumbing it down for me.Katie Ma...

  • Allison Hurd

    This was fascinating, but it did miss one important possible way for the cosmos to end: the explosion of my brain trying to picture all of this. She goes through the current models for what our univer...