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The End of Everything

Astrophysically Speaking

Katie Mack

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Allen Lane
20 October 2020
Mathematics & Sciences; Popular science; Theoretical & mathematical astronomy; Cosmology & the universe; Astrophysics; Popular astronomy & space; Abbey's Double Rewards
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We know the universe had a beginning. But what happens at the end of the story? With lively wit and wry humour, astrophysicist Katie Mack takes us on a mind-bending tour through each of the cosmos' possible finales- the Big Crunch, Heat Death, Vacuum Decay, the Big Rip and the Bounce. Guiding us through major concepts in quantum mechanics, cosmology, string theory and much more, she describes how small tweaks to our incomplete understanding of reality can result in starkly different futures. Our universe could collapse in upon itself, or rip itself apart, or even - in the next five minutes - succumb to an inescapable expanding bubble of doom. This captivating story of cosmic escapism examines a mesmerizing yet unfamiliar physics landscape while sharing the excitement a leading astrophysicist feels when thinking about the universe and our place in it. Amid stellar explosions and bouncing universes, Mack shows that even though we puny humans have no chance of changing how it all ends, we can at least begin to understand it. The End of Everything is a wildly fun, surprisingly upbeat ride to the farthest reaches of all that we know.
By:   Katie Mack
Imprint:   Allen Lane
Country of Publication:   United Kingdom
Dimensions:   Height: 240mm,  Width: 162mm,  Spine: 25mm
Weight:   442g
ISBN:   9780241372333
ISBN 10:   024137233X
Pages:   240
Publication Date:   20 October 2020
Audience:   General/trade ,  Professional and scholarly ,  General/trade ,  ELT Advanced ,  Undergraduate
Format:   Hardback
Publisher's Status:   Active

Katie Mack is a theoretical astrophysicist and one of the most popular scientists on Twitter, with more than 330,000 followers. Throughout her career as a researcher at Caltech, Princeton, Cambridge, Melbourne and now North Carolina State University, she has studied dark matter, black holes, cosmic strings and the formation of the first galaxies. As a science writer, she has been published by Slate, Time, and Scientific American, as well as having a regular column in Cosmos magazine.

Reviews for The End of Everything: (Astrophysically Speaking)

Mack is brilliant, and my neighbour's six-year-old daughter loves her. I love her. * The Spectator * Mack is a great science communicator and I suspected I was going to like this book as soon as I saw her name. I am pleased to say it does not disappoint. * BBC Sky at Night * This book teaches you that the universe could end at any moment, but is so good that you will be rooting for it not to-at least, not until you finish the book. Katie Mack's witty, lucid prose is endlessly delightful -- Alexandra Petri, author of Nothing Is Wrong and Here Is Why Everything dies, even the universe. But will it be a peaceful fading-away, or a dramatic cataclysm? Scientists don't know for sure, but Katie Mack provides an expert and entertaining guide to the possibilities. Who knew a book about the end of the universe could communicate so much passion for science? -- Sean Carroll, author of Something Deeply Hidden The End of Everything combines deep thinking about physics and big-picture awe in the style of Carl Sagan -- Randall Munroe, author of What If? Like an animated discussion with your favourite quirky and brilliant professor ... if you need a moment to be distracted from everyday life and journey to the deep cosmic future, I highly recommend The End of Everything. * New Scientist * Joyous, beautiful and strange. . . filled with brilliant moments where you just have to stop and stare out of the window for a while -- Robin Ince

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