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Book Title: In Search of the Big Bang|
The author of the book: John Gribbin
Date of issue: August 7th 1987
ISBN 13: 9780552131469
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yep. another book on theoretical physics involving cosmology; i guess i never change.
for those interested in the BIG BANG theory this is an in-depth and more than slightly technical dissertation. i greatly enjoyed the biographical tidbits about each of the successive scientists that aided in the alterations of perception (both publically and in the egghead community) of physics. the models of "the universe" under which we humans have gone about our daily lives has drastically changed in the last thousand years. humans as a whole have remarkably malleable minds in the long term, while seeming to settle into a pattern of thought that "is how it's always been" in the short term timeframe of an individual's lifespan. some sort of specie-wide memory disorder or something. if you're already an astronomy fan, a theoretical physics buff, or interested in particle and/or quantum physics this book is for you. if you find those things a bit daunting, you should pass on this offering.
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Read information about the authorJohn R. Gribbin is a British science writer, an astrophysicist, and a visiting fellow in astronomy at the University of Sussex. The topical range of his prolific writings includes quantum physics, biographies of famous scientists, human evolution, the origins of the universe, climate change and global warming. His also writes science fiction.
John Gribbin graduated with his bachelor's degree in physics from the University of Sussex in 1966. Gribbin then earned his master of science (M.Sc.) degree in astronomy in 1967, also from the Univ. of Sussex, and he earned his Ph.D. in astrophysics from the University of Cambridge (1971).
In 1968, Gribbin worked as one of Fred Hoyle's research students at the Institute of Theoretical Astronomy, and wrote a number of stories for New Scientist about the Institute's research and what were eventually discovered to be pulsars.
In 1974, Gribbin published, along with Stephen Plagemann, a book titled The Jupiter Effect, that predicted that the alignment of the planets in quadrant on one side of the Sun on March 10, 1982 would cause gravitational effects that would trigger earthquakes in the San Andreas fault, possibly wiping out Los Angeles and its suburbs. Gribbin repudiated The Jupiter Effect in the July 17, 1980, issue of New Scientist magazine in which he stated that he had been "too clever by half".
In 1984, Gribbin published In Search of Schrodinger's Cat: Quantum Physics and Reality, the book that he is best known for, which continues to sell well 28 years after publication. It has been described as among the best of the first wave of physics popularisations preceding Stephen Hawking's multi-million-selling A Brief History of Time. Gribbin's book has been cited as an example of how to revive an interest in the study of mathematics.
In 2006, Gribbin took part in a BBC radio 4 broadcast as an "expert witness". Presenter Matthew Parris discussed with Professor Kathy Sykes and Gribbin whether Einstein "really was a 'crazy genius' ".
At the 2009 World Conference of Science Journalists, the Association of British Science Writers presented Gribbin with their Lifetime Achievement award.
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