The End of Everything (Astrophysically Speaking)

The End of Everything (Astrophysically Speaking)

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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  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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 ...

  • Steve

    Great science writingI enjoyed this book. Katie Mack has a relaxed, casual writing style and the book felt more like a discussion over a cup of coffee. She shows a good sense of humor and the footnote...

  • Dawn

    The thought of the end of the universe isn't something that makes me smile and laugh... However, Katie Mack's "The End of Everything" certainly managed to turn the subject into one to be taken more li...

  • Kriti | Armed with A Book

    I love reading books about science and this one is, by far, my favorite. Katie is a humorous narrator and she does a fantastic job at presenting hard concepts to readers, using everyday examples to ma...

  • Elisa

    This is a short book, but a dense read. Some concepts went way over my head but, over all, the author does a great job of making most of the content understandable for those of us not conversant in as...

  • Wendy

    I had not heard of Katie Mack before getting this book and, wow, was I missing out! I'm certainly no astrophysicist but The End of everything was perfectly understandable. The author explains several ...

  • Cindy Lauren

    I really enjoyed this book about what might happen at the end of the universe. The science is fascinating, even though there is no guarantee that it won't change in the future. It is entertaining to c...

  • Paul

    Very well done. It covers a huge amount of material in an accessible way, and with humor. The author would likely be fun in a classroom. Recommended.Thanks very much for the ARC for review!!...