Cosmic Update

Dark Puzzles. Arrow of Time. Future History

  • Fred Adams
  • Thomas Buchert
  • Laura Mersini-Houghton

Part of the Multiversal Journeys book series (MVJ)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xi
  2. Fred C. Adams
    Pages 71-118
  3. Back Matter
    Pages 119-138

About this book


"...The Multiversal book series is equally unique, providing book-length extensions of the lectures with enough additional depth for those who truly want to explore these fields, while also providing the kind of clarity that is appropriate for interested lay people to grasp the general principles involved." - Lawrence M. Krauss

Cosmic Update covers:

  • A novel approach to uncover the dark faces of the Standard Model of cosmology.
  • The possibility that Dark Energy and Dark Matter are manifestations of the inhomogeneous geometry of our Universe.
  • The history of cosmological model building and the general architecture of cosmological models.
  • Illustrations of the Large Scale Structure of the Universe.
  • A new perspective on the classical static Einstein Cosmos.
  • Global properties of World Models including their Topology.
  • The Arrow of Time in a Universe with a Positive Cosmological Constant.
  • The exploration of the consequences of a fundamental Cosmological Constant for our Universe.
  • The exploration of why the current observed acceleration of the Universe may not be its final destiny.
  • A demonstration that nature forbids the existence of a pure Cosmological Constant.
  • Our current understanding of the long term (in time scales that greatly exceed the current age of the Universe) future of the Universe.
  • The long term fate and eventual destruction of the astrophysical objects that populate the universe -- including clusters, galaxies, stars, planets, and black holes.

The material is presented in a layperson-friendly language followed by additional technical sections which explain basic equations and principles. This feature is very attractive to readers who want to learn more about the theories involved beyond the basic description.

Multiversal Journeys is a trademark of Farzad Nekoogar and Multiversal Journeys, a 501 (c) (3) nonprofit organization.


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Authors and affiliations

  • Fred Adams
    • 1
  • Thomas Buchert
    • 2
  • Laura Mersini-Houghton
    • 3
  1. 1.Dept. Physics, Randall Lab.University of MichiganAnn ArborUSA
  2. 2., Centre de Recherche AstrophysiqueUniversité Lyon 1Saint-Genis-LavalFrance
  3. 3.Dept. Physics & AstronomyUniversity of North CarolinaChapel HillUSA

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