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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (8 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Roger Penrose Narrator: Bruce Mann Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: May 2011 ISBN: 9780307933188
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From the best-selling author of The Emperor’s New Mind and The Road to Reality, a groundbreaking book that provides new views on three of cosmology’s 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 universe’s “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. Download and start listening now!


Quotes & Awards

  • “The hyper-density of this book made my brain feel simultaneously wiped out and dazzled.             Boston Globe Best Science Books of 2011

  • Radical . . .  A surprising and unorthodox work disguised in the jacket of a popular science book, Cycles of Time should prove both deeply enlightening and just as deeply mystifying for anyone who dares to follow along. Peter Woit, The Wall Street Journal
  • An intellectual thrill ride . . . As Penrose builds a solid foundation for his argument in analyzing universal entropic accumulation and Newton’s Second Law, the reader senses something tremendous looming—mysterious and compelling as a black hole . . . A cosmological page-turner. Y. S. Fing, Washington Independent Review of Books
  • If you’ll forgive a skiing metaphor, Cycles of Time is a black diamond of a book. But like all steep slopes, sometimes you take a moment from your struggles and look up, and in front of you is an utterly gorgeous view. Anthony Doerr, Boston Globe
  • Profound . . . This fascinating book will surely become a classic in the history of cosmology.             Choice
  • Controversial but intriguing . . . Well worth the effort. Kirkus
  • Intriguing . . . Penrose makes provocative arguments for his challenging new theory. Publishers Weekly

Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Joseph | 1/18/2014

    " Greatest book on astrophysics, and the history of the universe, that I have read yet. By far better than Stephen Hawking's books. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ronald Lett | 11/17/2013

    " Unfortunately, this one is not as rich in content as his previous venture. It is still a pretty good read, although if you have any training in cosmology, you can skip right to the last two chapters for his idea. It is a bit vague in support, but it is an interesting hypothesis. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Gregory | 11/2/2013

    " Using mathematical language just graspable by the average college graduate (stippled with some witty bits), Penrose lays out a vision of a recycling universe. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Reiden | 4/23/2013

    " Far too much math for me. The iIdeas sounded interesting, unfortunately I couldn't understand a (very large) majority of the endless equations. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Bruce Cheney | 5/10/2012

    " Graduate level astrophysics. A very tough read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ryan | 1/28/2012

    " A beautiful theory. In my opinion it is much more elegant than the current inflationary Big Bang cosmology. The book is pretty technical and could have used either more or better exposition in some places, but overall a fantastic and thought provoking read. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Alan | 8/6/2011

    " This is probably a good book, but it's way over my head, I couldn't finish it. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Keith Davis | 5/15/2011

    " I'm not sure who the intended audience of this book is. It is not as technical as a scientific paper, but it is way more technical than a popular science book. Roger Penrose is clearly much more comfortable with linear algebra and tensor calculus than this reader. "

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About the Author
Author Roger PenroseRoger Penrose is Emeritus Rouse Ball Professor of Mathematics at the University of Oxford. He has received numerous prizes and awards, most notably the Wolf Foundation Prize in physics, which he shared with Stephen Hawking. He is the author of three previous books, including The Emperor’s New Mind. He lives in Oxford, England.
About the Narrator

Bruce Mann, Earphones Award–winning narrator,studied classical acting at the prestigious London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art and has been a successful voice-over artist and actor for over ten years.