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To understand the stability of galaxies it was necessary to assume that there was a large amount of dark matter in the galaxy — about five or ten times the amount of visible matter — which was needed just to hold the galaxy together.

The Inflationary Universe: The Quest for a New Theory of Cosmic Origins by Alan Guth

In the context of relativity, Euclidean geometry is not the norm; it’s an oddity. I believe like the singer Billy Preston “You gotta’ have Somethin'”. Guth’s “Inflationary Universe” is that there is 5, year old empirical evidencethere is no age-crisis. How far is it to inf,ationary, the Moon, the Sun, the stars, etc? Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

The Inflationary Universe: The Quest for a New Theory of Cosmic Origins

The answer that we both came up with was that, in fact, quantum mechanics produces just the right spectrum of non-uniformities. I want to talk about the conventional inflationary picture, and in particular the great boost that this picture has attained over the past few years by the somewhat shocking revelation of a new form of energy that exists in the universe.

Decay ultimately through quantum tunneling. This seemed very paradoxical because, when the radiation was released aboutyears after the Big Bang, the observable universe had a diameter of 90 million light-years. Guth was born to a Jewish family [4] in New Brunswick, New Jersey in and grew up across the Raritan River in Highland Parkwhere he attended the local public schools.

There are many versions of inflation that are much closer to the kinds of theories that we were developing in the ’80s and ’90s, so saying that inflation is right is by no means the end of the story.

Unless this simulation crashes and the Prime Programmer reveals the mysterious workings and divine code.

Guth describes his key insight from and the developments following on from it. However, if the mass density is right at the borderline of these two cases, then the geometry is Euclidean, just like we all learned about in high school. July Learn how and when gutb remove this template message.

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Prior to 10exp seconds after the big bang, the radius of the iniverse was only 10exp meters. By Guth had published a paper describing how his supercooled-universe scenario was not ideal, as the “triggering mechanism” to exit such a state would require “extreme fine tuning of parameters” and felt a more natural solution was required.


D 98 I would not be surprised if he were inflstionary awarded a Nobel in Physics. At the start of his career, Guth studied particle physicsnot physical cosmology. The second peculiar feature of our univere that inflation does a wonderful job of explaining, and for which there never was a prior explanation, is the flatness of the universe — the fact that the geometry of the universe is so close to Euclidean.


I was expecting more information about the theory of inflation itself than about the history of the theory, however it’s a good book that is worth reading. Guth is confused but hopeful that he is on the threshold of settling this question.

When he looked into the sky,he believed the stars were fixed and that the universe was motionless. In the process of doing so, there could have been an intermediate state, a “false vacuum”, where the universe was filled with the enormous energy released by the splitting up of the three forces.

A brief summary of this book is as follows: But then, winding the clock forwards again, the universe cools down, and they split up into the three forces we see today. It’s a privilege to be able to, through a book like this, gaze into the mind of one of the chief mind’s trying to answer life’s greatest question. Would everyone say they didn’t know, unless the question concerned the tiny area where they were an acknowledged world-class expert?

That is a much more exciting story to many people than inflationsry tales that other people used to make up about the universe — that we were living on the back of a turtle or something like that. It’s a rather remarkable fit between actual measurements made by astronomers, and a theory based on wild ideas about quantum fluctuations at seconds.

How fast does light travel? Guth does not present all his work as a done deal in all particulars — although inflation certainly does seem necessary to address problems in the prior Big Bang model compatibility with GUTs, horizon problem, flatness problem, etc.

The author uses footnotes frequently, not only to explain in further detail some inflationay point but also to give biographical background information on a scientist or even to make a joke. I personally found it very helpful and feel I grasp the idea of “inflation” far better than I did a week ago: So this is not a book of rank speculation and sensationalism, but solid science by a widely respected theorist writing for a popular audience.

So I started looking around for a book that would give me the foundation I need, and I settled on this one, because even though it was written over fifteen years ago, it is by Alan Guth, the co-inventor of the “inflationary universe” model that is the starting point for much of the multiverse talk we hear today — besides which, his ideas on the exponential expansion of the universe in the first microsecond after the Big Bang are now pretty much canon, and will likely win him the Nobel Prize within a few years.


Along the way, Inflation also probably provides a key piece of puzzle of the slight inhomogeneity of matter due to quantum fluctuations in the early universe which gave rise to the structures we find today in inflatkonary universe. Guth skillfully establishes the foundation from which he was working, presents his own role in infflationary way that avoids the unfortunate caricatures universs have plagued the presentation of science that is, the mad genius who works his magic and produces a theory; although it should be noted that Guth, although not mad, is extraordinarily giftedand weaves a story that makes the discovery and the act a,an discovering it precisely as thrilling as they are.

But they also said that they could offer more than that — there’s also dark matter. There was no explanation of how it got that way. Retrieved 14 July False vacuums decay, and Guth was to find that the decay of the false vacuum at the beginning of the universe would produce amazing results, namely the exponential expansion of space.

The mechanism of inflation involves false vacuum, which is a peculiar form of matter that existed in the form of fields. In the alternative case, if the expansion dominated, the universe would be geometrically open. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. However, there appears to be little doubt at this point the universe is expanding.

This conclusion was made using a Higgs field with an energy graph that was originally proposed by Sidney Coleman and Erick Weinberg. It’s uniform because it came from something that had time to become uniform, and was then stretched by the process of inflation. In the case of the universe as a whole, once we assume that the universe is homogeneous and isotropic, then this issue of flatness becomes directly related to the relationship between the mass density and the expansion rate of the universe.