The beginning and end of the universe

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The Beginning and the End of Everything: From the Big Bang to the End of the Universe by Paul Parsons

Prepare to have your mind blown! A brilliantly written overview of the past, present and future of modern cosmology. – DALLAS CAMPBELL, author of Ad Astra

The Beginning and the End of Everything is the whole story as we currently understand it – from nothing, to the birth of our universe, to its ultimate fate. Authoritative and engaging, Paul Parsons takes us on a rollercoaster ride through billions of light years to tell the story of the Big Bang, from birth to death.

13.8 billion years ago, something incredible happened. Matter, energy, space and time all suddenly burst into existence in a cataclysmic event that’s come to be known as the Big Bang. It was the birth of our universe. What started life smaller than the tiniest subatomic particle is now unimaginably vast and plays home to trillions of galaxies. The formulation of the Big Bang theory is a story that combines some of the most far-reaching concepts in fundamental physics with equally profound observations of the cosmos.

From our realization that we are on a planet orbiting a star in one of many galaxies, to the discovery that our universe is expanding, to the groundbreaking theories of Einstein that laid the groundwork for the Big Bang cosmology of today – as each new discovery deepens our understanding of the origins of our universe, a clearer picture is forming of how it will all end. Will we ultimately burn out or fade away? Could the end simply signal a new beginning, as the universe rebounds into a fresh expanding phase? And was our Big Bang just one of many, making our cosmos only a small part of a sprawling multiverse of parallel universes?
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In his last paper on cosmology, Stephen Hawking and a younger colleague attacked cosmic inflation and its discontents. Today, the Journal of High Energy Physics published his last work in cosmology —the science of how the universe sprang into being and evolved. Other papers on black holes are still being prepared. In the new paper, Hawking and Thomas Hertog, a theoretical physicist at the Catholic University of Leuven KU in Belgium, attempt to stick a pin in a bizarre concept called eternal inflation, which implies—unavoidably, according to some physicists—that our universe is just one of infinitely many in a multiverse. Borrowing a concept from string theory, Hawking and Hertog argue that there is no eternal inflation and only one universe.

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In this two-part series, Prof Jim Al-Khalili tackles the biggest subject of all: the universe. Through a series of critical observations and experiments that revolutionised our understanding of our world, Jim guides us through the greatest cosmic detective story of all. His story is rooted in the 20th century, of the men and women instrumental in uncovering this cosmic mystery. Jim takes us to Atlantic Island mountaintops, home to the largest telescope in the world, where he gazes into the furthest reaches of space. He takes us deep underground where he witnesses an experiment to recreate a moment less than a millionth of a second after the big bang itself. Jim reveals what has been called humankind's greatest achievement: understanding how the universe began and how it might end.

Jim Al-Khalili carries us into the future to try to discover how the universe will end - with a bang or a whimper? He reveals a universe far stranger than anyone imagined. Professor Jim Al-Khalili carries us into the distant future to try to discover how the universe will end - with a bang or a whimper? He reveals a universe far stranger than anyone imagined and, at the frontier of our understanding, encounters a mysterious and enigmatic force that promises to change physics forever. See all episodes from The Beginning and End of the Universe. Find out about four-dimensional spacetime and cosmic expansion with The Open University.

The Beginning and End of the Universe is a two-part British television series outlining the theory of the beginning of the universe and the theories about its ending. This episode, exploring theories of how the universe came into being, outlines the realisation of Edwin Hubble that the universe is expanding, and the discovery of the residual radiation that gave weight to the Big Bang theory. This episode explores the theories of the big crunch, the big rip and the big freeze, that are postulated by physicists as possible fates for the universe. Jack Seale, writing for The Guardian , commends the Al-Khalili for, "his usual mix of spectacular locations, clear explanations, a few gags and the stories of scientists who made crucial breakthroughs. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. Retrieved 12 March

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  1. Two documentary movies, the first discuss the theory of the beginning of the universe (big bang theory), while the other includes the ending theories. Professor of physics Jim Al-Khalili investigates the most accurate and yet perplexing scientific theory ever - quantum physics.

  2. The Beginning and End of the Universe is a two-part British television series outlining the theory of the beginning of the universe and the theories about its.

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