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Fred Adams and Greg Laughlin

The Five Ages of the Universe

The universe might seem to have been around for a very long time, but in The Five Ages of the Universe Fred Adams and Greg Laughlin show that it might be considered to still be in its early stages. They divide the life of the universe into five eras, starting with the primordial era - the 100000 years following the big bang. Then comes the stelliferous era , which is the one we live in. This is followed by the degenerate era, the black hole era, and finally, when all of the black holes have evaporated, by the dark era.

Books such as this often tend to read more like science fiction than science fact, but although it is sometimes speculative, I felt that this book was based on firm scientific ground. I would say that this book is suitable for a wide readership - its not too technical and it has some well placed illustrations - but some prior knowledge of the subject area might be useful as the book doesn't try to teach the reader the basics of modern physics. I would recommend the book to anyone who wants to get an idea of the long term fate of the universe.

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Paperback 288 pages  
ISBN: 0684865769
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Published: 2000 Free Press
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Paperback 288 pages  
ISBN: 0684865769
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Published: 1997 Simon and Schuster
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Product Description
As the twentieth century closed, Fred Adams and Greg Laughlin captured the attention of the world by identifying the five ages of time. In The Five Ages of the Universe, Adams and Laughlin demonstrate that we can now understand the complete life story of the cosmos from beginning to end.
Adams and Laughlin have been hailed as the creators of the definitive long-term projection of the evolution of the universe. Their achievement is awesome in its scale and profound in its scientific breadth. But The Five Ages of the Universe is more than a handbook of the physical processes that guided our past and will shape our future; it is a truly epic story.
Without leaving earth, here is a fantastic voyage to the physics of eternity. It is the only biography of the universe you will ever need.