Simon & Schuster
March 30, 1982
The author of the highly acclaimed Other Worlds again breaks new ground. This brilliant new work by the eminent physicist Paul Davies charts the route to the physics of the future, which lies beyond the edge of infinity. It may ultimately tell us where the universe comes from and how it will end. Davies writes with authority and with clarity, even beauty, about ideas one has never heard of before – about the startling, awesome, utterly fascinating challenges that lie before us.
Regions of the universe exist where gravity is so strong that it overwhelms all physical laws and structures. New and far-reaching discoveries show that uncontrolled gravity can twist space and time into destruction at so-called singularities. A singularity is a weird non-place where space-time is ripped open and matter may enter or leave the physical universe.
Singularities lie at the centers of black holes and mark the creation and destruction of the universe. At a singularity, gravitational forces can become infinite. On the edge of infinity, bizarre effects occur – time is reversed, cause-and-effect break down, and matter is totally annihilated.
Most disturbing of all is naked singularity – a singularity unclothed by a black hole and capable of destroying the orderly, predictable operation of the entire cosmos. Here is an entity not subject to any known laws, and representing the threshold to a strange new physical world.
Dr. Davies writes that we may discover – at the edge of infinity, in naked singularities – a whole new era of physics, more elegant and more fundamental than anything that has gone before.
Dr. Paul Davies is Professor of Theoretical Physics, University of Newcastle-upon-Tyne, England, lecturer in applied mathematics at King’s College, University of London, and visiting fellow at the Institute of Astronomy, Cambridge. He writes internationally for science magazines and journals, including Nature, New Scientist, The Economist, and The Sciences, and he frequently contributes to science broadcasts. He is the author of Other Worlds, The Physics of Time and Symmetry, Space and Time in the Modern Universe, The Runaway Universe (Stardom in paperback), The Forces of Nature, and The Search for Gravity Waves.