Astronomers' Universe

The Wondrous Universe

Creation without Creator?

Authors: Börner, Gerhard

  • Reviews moderns answers to the fundamental questions of how the Universe could possibly reach a state that allows the appearance of conscious life
  • A fascinating and understandable presentation of the physics of the micro-cosmos and the macro-cosmos presenting arguments for both possible answers to the subtitle
  • Reviews moderns answers to the fundamental questions "Who are we?" – "Where do we come from?" – "Where are we going?"
  • Revised English translation of a best-selling German popular science book written by an internationally highly-respected cosmologist and author
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The world as it is viewed from modern physics and cosmology has many strange and unexpected features. Often these are in stark contrast with our everyday experience or our preconceptions, such as the concept of space and time as finite and changeable. Nevertheless it is this strange world which is the fundamental basis of our existence. Therefore modern science also has a few things to say about the age-old questions: Who are we? – Where do we come from? – Where are we going?


The author, an experienced scientist and teacher, presents the knowledge that we have about our world for non-experts. He takes us on a journey through cosmology and the quantum world of elementary particles. And he sketches the impact of the insights gained into philosophical assumptions and religious beliefs in these disciplines. In the end he asks the speculative question whether there is something beyond the limits of the natural sciences.

Gerhard Börner is a Professor of Physics at the Ludwig Maximilians University in Munich and conducts research on the early universe and dark matter at the Max Planck Institute for Astrophysics in Garching near Munich. He received his PhD for a thesis on particle physics under the supervision of Werner Heisenberg and Hans-Peter Dürr. Professor Börner is the author of the successful graduate textbook "The Early Universe" (published by Springer and now in its 4th edition), as well as of several popular science books on cosmology. In 2009 he received the Chinese Academy of Sciences Award for International Cooperation in Science and Technology (together with Prof. Maurice-Roger Bonnet). In 2010 he received the "Friendship Award," and in January 2011 the Chinese government’s National Award for Cooperation in Science and Technology, the highest honor bestowed on foreigners.

About the authors

Gerhard Börner is professor for physics at the Ludwig-Maximilians-University in Munich and does research on the early universe and dark matter at the Max-Planck-Institute for Astrophysics in Garching near Munich. He got his PhD with a thesis in particle physics under supervision by Werner Heisenberg and Hans-Peter Dürr. Gerhard Börner is the author of the successful graduate textbook "The Early Universe" (published by Springer now in its 4th edition) as well of several popular science books in cosmology. In 2009 Professor Dr. Gerhard Börner was honored by the Chinese Academy of Sciences Award for International Cooperation in Science and Technology (together with Prof. Maurice-Roger Bonnet). In 2010 he received the "Friendship Award", and in January 2011 the National Award for Cooperation in Science and Technology of the Chinese government, the highest honors bestowed on foreigners.

Reviews

From the reviews:

“Börner (Ludwig Maximilians Univ. of Munich, Germany) expresses awe and wonder about the universe that humans experience and looks for meaning behind it all. The bulk of the slim volume considers many of the big questions of modern physics. … do well as an auxiliary read in courses that treat science and religion. An interesting addition to college libraries. Summing Up: Recommended. Lower- and upper-division undergraduates.” (K. L. Schick, Choice, Vol. 49 (8), April, 2012)

Table of contents (4 chapters)

  • The Wondrous Universe

    Börner, Gerhard

    Pages 1-12

  • The World at Large: From the Big Bang to Black Holes

    Börner, Gerhard

    Pages 13-100

  • The Deep Underground: Quantum World and Elementary Particles

    Börner, Gerhard

    Pages 101-146

  • Boundaries and Transgressions

    Börner, Gerhard

    Pages 147-182

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
The Wondrous Universe
Book Subtitle
Creation without Creator?
Authors
Series Title
Astronomers' Universe
Copyright
2011
Publisher
Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg
Copyright Holder
Springer-Verlag GmbH Berlin Heidelberg
eBook ISBN
978-3-642-20104-2
DOI
10.1007/978-3-642-20104-2
Softcover ISBN
978-3-642-20103-5
Series ISSN
1614-659X
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
VII, 184
Number of Illustrations and Tables
24 b/w illustrations, 13 illustrations in colour
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