Cosmology—the sciences of the universe—is undergoing a startling revolution. And University of the Sciences’ Dr. Paul Halpern, professor of physics, promises answers to some of cosmology’s most astounding questions in his highly acclaimed new book, Edge of the Universe: A Voyage to the Cosmic Horizon and Beyond.
How big is the observable universe? What is it made of? And what lies beyond it?
“These are extraordinary times for humanity's quest to understand the universe. Cosmology has entered an age of unprecedented precision,” Dr. Halpern explained.
From ideas of a multiverse to cosmic dragons and unseen dimensions, Dr. Halpern’s Edge of the Universe delves even deeper, tackling only the most contemporary facts and theories. Readers will quickly learn that over 95 percent of the universe is made of dark energy and dark matter, leaving less than five percent of the observable, familiar “stuff”—atoms, molecules, people, planets.
Using modest but informative language, Dr. Halpern explains what is missing in the observable universe and what lies beyond. Readers will be whisked away quickly, perhaps by the first few lines of the book: “Modern science suggests that space is infinite. Astronomical measurements have revealed that its geometry is flat, like an endless plane, but in three dimensions. It’s truly a mind-bending concept, because if the universe is infinitely large, we are infinitely small.”
Edge of the Universe: A Voyage to the Cosmic Horizon and Beyond (ISBN: 978-0-470-63624-4) is printed by John Wiley & Sons, Inc. and available for purchase through Wiley or on Amazon.com.
Dr. Halpern, who received his PhD In theoretical physics from the State University of New York, is the author of 13 widely-acclaimed books on subjects ranging from the history of particle physics to the nature of time. His previous books include Collider: The Search For The World’s Smallest Particles
and What's Science Ever Done for Us? What the Simpsons Can Teach Us About Physics, Robots, Life and the Universe
. His work has praise from numerous publications, including USA Today
, ABCNews.com, New Scientist
, and more. He has appeared on television and radio shows, including the History Channel, the Discovery Channel, “The Simpsons 20th Anniversary Special” and the NPR show "Radio Times." A recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship and an Athenaeum Society Literary Award, he has published numerous research articles in the fields of general relativity, cosmology, chaos theory, complexity and the history of physics. In 1996, he was a Fulbright Scholar to Humboldt University in Berlin, Germany, where he studied evolutionary algorithms.