Masters of Time: Cosmology at the End of Innocence

Masters Of TimeChronicles The Sudden Unraveling Of Modern Cosmology From Its Heyday In The Early 1980s, When The Ultimate Secret Of The Origin Of The Universe Seemed All But In Hand, To The Confused Scientific Picture Of The 1990s By Following Each Major Theory From Its Origins To The Point At Which It Is Overtaken By Contradictory Or Nonexistent Evidence, Boslough Offers The Clearest Explanation Ever Offered Of What We Know And Still Do Not Know About The Origin And Structure Of The Universe.Masters of Time: Cosmology at the End of Innocence

[Reading] ➶ Masters of Time: Cosmology at the End of Innocence ➽ John Boslough –
  • Paperback
  • 288 pages
  • Masters of Time: Cosmology at the End of Innocence
  • John Boslough
  • English
  • 14 September 2017
  • 9780201622379

10 thoughts on “Masters of Time: Cosmology at the End of Innocence

  1. says:

    Is the Big Bang a dud Boslough actually summarized the plot superbly in his own preface This book is the story of what happened along the road to the big bang theory and how it may be a mere will o the wisp rather than a final destination The book also seeks to raise a number of questions about the biggest sacred cow of all, the big bang Masters of Time is a thoroughly enjoyable read, appealing to both scientists and non scientists alike, that succeeds on three separate levels First, it is a well written history of the development of modern cosmological theory in the 20th century, replete with amusing anecdotes, heroes, villains and goats, false leads and both successful and dead end research Second, it is a quality primer for the non scientist on virtually any topic one could name in the field of cosmology microwave radiation, quasars, pulsars, black holes, cosmic strings, inflation, the great attractor, baryonic matter, lumpy galactic super clusters the list just goes on and on Finally, it is a cautionary tale that, in the spirit of Kuhn s discussion of paradigm shifts, suggests the big bang as a theory just may be in a world of trouble too many unexplained glitches and too many theories that are simply unobservable, untestable or unreproducible As a specific example, Boslough criticizes Guth s model of inflation in the early universe The reason for this apparent accuracy in explanatory power was of course simple The inflationary theories had been created to do exactly this, explain the origin and evolution of the universe in terms that could stand up to observed detail In the most simple terms, the theories had been constructed in such a way that they could not be disproved The problem with many of these models is that, while they explain observations with impeccable precision, they make no independent predictions that can be tested by further observation We may or may not be in for the major paradigm shift that Kuhn predicts is on the way but I certainly agree with Boslough skepticism and ongoing scrutiny of existing science is healthy Masters of Time is a great read Thanks, John Boslough Paul Weiss

  2. says:

    This was a very interesting history of the discoveries and theories made by astronomers and physicists through the centuries As someone who is interested in science, astronomy and physics on a superficial, beginner s level, I found it very educational So many names So many terminologies So many theories and questions So many dog eared pages Although humanity has made great leaps in discoveries in our world and the cosmos, I like to leave some room for and have respect for the Great Mystery.

  3. says:

    Very good, clears up what other books clain to be current thoery, and this book isabout 13 years old, but still accurate

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