Roger Penrose – Cycles of Time


From the best-selling author of The Emperors New Mind and The Road to Reality, a groundbreaking book that provides new views on three of cosmologys most profound questions: What, if anything, came before the Big Bang? What is the source of order in our universe? What is its ultimate future?

Current understanding of our universe dictates that all matter will eventually thin out to zero density, with huge black holes finally evaporating away into massless energy. Roger Penrose – one of the most innovative mathematicians of our time – turns around this predominant picture of the universes heat death, arguing how the expected ultimate fate of our accelerating, expanding universe can actually be reinterpreted as the Big Bang of a new one.

Along the way to this remarkable cosmological picture, Penrose sheds new light on basic principles that underlie the behavior of our universe, describing various standard and nonstandard cosmological models, the fundamental role of the cosmic microwave background, and the key status of black holes. Ideal for both the amateur astronomer and the advanced physicist – with plenty of exciting insights for each – Cycles of Time is certain to provoke and challenge.

Intellectually thrilling and accessible, this is another essential guide to the universe from one of our preeminent thinkers.

PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying PDF will be available in your Audible Library along with the audio.

Author: Roger Penrose
Narrator: Bruce Mann
Duration: 7 hours 22 minutes
Released: 11 Mar 2005
Publisher: Random House Audio
Language: English

User Review:

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I was excited to read a book by Penrose, after hearing so much about him in books by Hawking and others. But unlike books by Hawking, Brian Greene and other excellent choices on Audible, this one was not cut out for audio. It comes with a PDF reference guide, and unless you can visualize things like q3-dimensional space and conformal representations of hyperbolic geometry, you really need to have the reference guide in front of you through almost the entire listen.

This book seems perfect for a Nova documentary. Animation would make it so much more accessible. I would be captivated by a well-made couple hour documentary.

About the narrator: At times I felt like I was listening to a British Sheldon Cooper (Big Bang Theory). He narrated with a rapid and awkward cadence and had a weird habit of starting the first word of a sentence with ‘Ah-.

Fascinating topic, but I didn’t get much out of this book trying to listen to it in the car.