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While many might think of the idea of the multiverse as something new, science writer Siegfried (A Beautiful Math) describes how this seemingly fanciful concept—that this universe is one of many—has been accepted by thinkers and philosophers for millennia. Siegfried opens his detailed history with the ancient Greeks, when “atomist” philosophers imagined “innumerable worlds” created by the motion of spinning atomic whirlpools. The multiverse lost ground when Plato insisted on a perfect singular cosmos, fueling his student Aristotle’s claims that there could only be one universe. These dominated the scientific consensus until 1277, when the Bishop of Paris, Étienne Tempier, announced that God was fully capable of creating more universes, and that anyone saying otherwise would face excommunication. Siegfried profiles fascinating figures over the centuries, such as medieval polymath Roger Bacon, natural philosopher William of Ockham, and astronomer Nicholaus Copernicus. The author also explains groundbreaking ideas such as Albert Einstein’s infamously difficult cosmological constant, quantum mechanics, and the big bang. This clear and thoughtful work of popular science serves as a fascinating history of one of the most provocative concepts in modern physics, while also tracing its roots in ancient ideas and exploring its implications for this universe and others. (Sept.) Reviewed on : 07/15/2019 Release date: 11/01/2019 Genre: Nonfiction Book - 978-0-674-24338-5 Show other formats FORMATS Buy this book Amazon Barnes & Noble IndieBound Zeebra Books Discover what to read next TIP SHEET MORE BOOKS YOU'D LIKE ADVERTISEMENT About Us| Contact Us| Submission Guidelines| Subscriber Services| Advertising Info| Terms of Use| Privacy Policy| Calls for Info| Editorial Calendar| Archives| Press| FAQ © PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved. News Obituaries Book Deals Financial Reporting Page to Screen Bookselling Awards & Prizes Publisher News Comics Business Deals Shows & Events Cooking People Religion Audio Books Manufacturing Marketing PW Tip Sheet Licensing Book It BookExpo Reviews Fiction Mystery/Thriller Sci-Fi/Fantasy/Horror Romance/Erotica Comics Poetry Inspirational Fiction Nonfiction Lifestyle Religion Children's Web Exclusive BookLife Bestsellers Bio & Autobio Children's Frontlist Fiction Children's Picture Books Comics Fantasy Food & Drink Hardcover Frontlist Fiction Hardcover Frontlist Nonfiction History & Poli-Sci Mass Market Frontlist Mystery Religion Fiction Religion Nonfiction Romance Science Fiction Top 10 Overall Trade Paper Frontlist Children's Authors Book News Industry News Authors Profiles Interviews Why I Write BookLife MFA Announcements Adult Announcements Children's Announcements Religion Listings On-Sale Calendar Galley Talk Digital Devices Copyright Retailing Conferences Content / e-books Apps Digital MarketplaceThe Roundup International Deals News Trade Shows Frankfurt Book Fair London Book Fair New York Rights Fair Translation Database Job ZoneJob Moves Opinion ShelfTalker Soapbox Editorials Common Core Open Book X X Loading...