Merali’s journey will leave you marveling at the implications of DIY universe building and questioning the origins of our own strange universe.
Is it possible to create a universe in a lab? Is it moral? In this fascinating and provocative book, Merali walks a delicate line between physics and theology with charm, integrity, and wit. She deftly navigates heady scientific ideas and profound ethical questions, and her lively interactions with physicists bring their abstract theories to life. Whether you find it ultimately convincing or quixotic, Merali’s journey will leave you marveling at the implications of DIY universe building and questioning the origins of our own strange universe.
To appreciate the diverse personalities who seek amazing links between cosmos and microworld on the speculative frontiers of physics, you should read this book.
A fun and mind-expanding ride through modern ideas of how universes come to be.
So you want to make your own universe. Zeeya Merali's new book won't quite give you an instruction kit—but it's the closest thing we have at the moment. A fun and mind-expanding ride through modern ideas of how universes come to be.
A charming reading tour of some of the most creative and unconventional ideas in modern science.
A rich and wonderful cosmological history that illuminates the scientific possibility of the nearly unthinkable.
In her elegant and perceptive book, Merali unpacks the science behind what we know about our universe’s beginnings and traces the paths that many renowned researchers have taken to translate these insights to new heights: the creation of a brand-new “baby” universe, and not an empty one, either, but one with its own physics, matter, and (possibly) life…Over the course of several years, she traveled the world to interview firsthand the most important figures behind the idea of laboratory universe creation…and the anecdotes she includes surrounding these conversations make her portrait even more compelling. A rich and wonderful cosmological history that illuminates the scientific possibility of the nearly unthinkable.
Science has never offered broader intellectual horizons!
In the big bang that started our universe 13 billion years ago, Merali sees the cosmic prototype for history’s most audacious yet perhaps not-so-far-off scientific experiment: the deliberate triggering of a universe-creating eruption in a human laboratory…Merali gives readers not only up-close looks at revolutionary science in the making but also memorable glimpses of the colorful revolutionaries… Science has never offered broader intellectual horizons!
This is a beautifully written and rewarding book that opens a door into a multiverse of extraordinary wonders.
In A Big Bang in a Little Room, Zeeya Merali examines the extraordinary idea that scientists might be able to create their own universe. In doing so, she takes us on a global tour of the world’s leading physicists, and renders some of the toughest problems in physics wonderfully comprehensible. If you were ever in any doubt that physicists spend their time pondering big questions, read this book. And if you ever wondered why many physicists have metaphysical or even spiritual predilections, this book will enlighten you. If you’re an atheist, it will both inflate your universe and give you the jitters, and if you are religiously inclined, it will blow your mind. This is a beautifully written and rewarding book that opens a door into a multiverse of extraordinary wonders.