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First Scribner hardcover edition.
ix, 226 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm
Introduction to the cosmos -- Big bang to now -- Big crunch -- Heat death -- Big rip -- Vacuum decay -- Bounce -- Future of the future -- Epilogue.
A rising star in astrophysics presents an accessible and eye-opening look at five ways the universe could end, and the lessons each scenario reveals about the most important concepts in cosmology.
We know the universe had a beginning, and expanded from a state of unimaginable density to an all-encompassing cosmic fireball to a simmering fluid of matter and energy. This laid down the seeds for everything from black holes to one rocky planet orbiting a star near the edge of a spiral galaxy that happened to develop life as we know it. But what happens at the end? Mack takes us on a tour through five of the cosmos's possible finales. Along the way she guides us through cutting-edge science and major concepts in quantum mechanics, cosmology, string theory, and much more. -- adapted from jacket