Einstein’s general theory of relativity is not only a great theory that sheds some light on the secrets of the laws of physics in various frames of reference, but also a great tool in cosmology. By manipulating the equations of general relativity scientists gain new understanding of the universe and develop new hypotheses. Some of these hypotheses are really interesting, although speculative. A great example of this is the popular multiverse theory, which basically states that there’s a variety of universes (perhaps infinite number of such universes) of all shapes and sizes. A great book on this subject is “The Book of Universes: Exploring the Limits of the Cosmos” by John D. Barrow.”
Paperback: 368 pages
Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company; 1 edition (June 11, 2012)
Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars (11 customer reviews)
Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #184,264 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
About the Author
John David Barrow (born 29 November 1952, London) is an English cosmologist, theoretical physicist, and a mathematician. He is currently a Research Professor of Mathematical Sciences at the University of Cambridge. But my favourite fact about Barrow is that he is also also an amateur playwright.
Einstein’s theory of general relativity opens the door for the study of other possible universes—including weird universes with amazing properties. “The Book of Universes” gives a charming tour of these potential universes, introducing us to the brilliant physicists and mathematicians who first revealed these startling possibilities. John D. Barrow then explains the latest insights that physics and astronomy have to offer about our own universe, showing how they lead to the concept of the “multiverse”—the universe of all possible universes.
The book is highly recommended to all readers with an interest in physics history, as there is a lot of useful historical info. The difficulty level, as most reviewers have noticed, is moderate and will probably be readable for the majority of the readers. Authors writing ability and useful pictures & diagrams make this book more readable as well.