About Time

About Time

Cosmology and Culture at the Twilight of the Big Bang

By Adam Frank

Free Press, Hardcover, 9781439169599, 406pp.

Publication Date: September 27, 2011

The Big Bang is all but dead, and we do not yet know what will replace it. Our universe's beginning is at an end. What does this have to do with us here on Earth? Our lives are about to be dramatically shaken again as altered as they were with the invention of the clock, the steam engine, the railroad, the radio and the Internet.
In "The End of the Beginning," Adam Frank explains how the texture of our lives changes along with our understanding of the universe's origin. Since we awoke to self-consciousness fifty thousand years ago, our lived experience of time from hunting and gathering to the development of agriculture to the industrial revolution to the invention of Outlook calendars has been transformed and rebuilt many times. But the latest theories in cosmology time with no beginning, parallel universes, eternal inflation are about to send us in a new direction.
Time is both our grandest and most intimate conception of the universe. Many books tell the story, recounting the progress of scientific cosmology. Frank tells the story of humanity's deepest question when and how did everything begin? alongside the story of how human beings have experienced time. He looks at the way our engagement with the world our inventions, our habits and more has allowed us to discover the nature of the universe and how those discoveries, in turn, inform our daily experience.
This astounding book will change the way we think about time and how it affects our lives.

About the Author
Adam Frank is a physicist, astronomer, and writer. His research focuses on computational astrophysics with an emphasis on star formation and late stages of stellar evolution. His popular writing has focused on issues of science it its cultural context including issues of science and religion and the role of technology in the human experience of time. He is a co-founder of National Public Radio s 13.7 Cosmos and Culture Blog. Learn more about Adam at www.adamfrankscience.com.