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The Last Three Minutes

The Last Three Minutes

Subtitled “Conjectures About the Ultimate Fate of the Universe” from the Science Masters Series, Davies presents various alternatives for what happens when the universe reaches its final destiny. The only downside is that this book, dating from 1997, predates the recent discovery of facts tending to lead to the conclusion of a positive cosmological constant, an “open” universe, and the eventual expansion to an infinity of nothingness. That 1999 discovery tends to take the suspense out of this book, since we now know more about how it will all end.

Still, the conclusion isn’t totally firm, and Davies is nothing if not an entertaining writer for lay people, so this book is still highly recommended for those who are interested in the other end of our space/time continuum; the end that is furthest from the Big Bang.

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