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KnowingThe Nature of Physical Law$
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Michael Munowitz

Print publication date: 2006

Print ISBN-13: 9780195167375

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2007

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195167375.001.0001

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Michael Munowitz

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This excursion into physical law concludes with a peek over the horizon, a glimpse into the knowable unknown. Three principal issues are considered: (1) the origin of the universe, currently modeled as an “inflationary Big Bang”; (2) the cosmic dark matter and dark energy; and (3) the ultimate structure of matter on the smallest of scales, particularly as envisioned by string theory.

Keywords:   Big Bang, dark energy, dark matter, inflationary universe, string theory

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