The Five Ages of the Universe
Inside the Physics of Eternity
Fred Adams and Greg Laughlin
The Free Press
As the twentieth century closed, Fred Adams and Greg Laughlin captured the attention of the world by identifying the five ages of time. In The Five Ages of the Universe, they demonstrate that we can now understand the complete life story of the cosmos from beginning to end.
Adams and Laughlin have been hailed as the creators of the definitive long-term projection of the evolution of the universe. Their achievement is awesome in its scale and profound in its scientific breadth.
Praise for The Five Ages of the Universe
Marvelous descriptive writing and mind-expanding explanations…What makes it even better than good science fiction is that it’s true.
—Susan Okie, The Washington Post
The authors’ journey through time continuously engages the imagination as they take the known laws of physics right up to their natural limits. … [Adams and Laughlin} deftly invoke all known laws of the universe to spin an entertainingly scary picture of our distant future.
—Neil DeGrasse Tyson, Scientific American
Without leaving earth, here is a fantastic voyage to the physics of eternity. It is the only biography of the universe you will ever need.
A thought-provoking treatment of the grandest of subjects, highly recommended to anyone interested in the world beyond tomorrow.
Putting one layer of speculation upon another yet remaining a disciplined, scientific approach, astrophysicists Adams (University of Michigan) and Laughlin (UC-Berkeley) take readers on a cosmic adventure to a time in the unimaginably distant future.