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Matthew Restall, Amara Solari's 2012 and the End of the World: The Western Roots of the Maya PDF

By Matthew Restall, Amara Solari

ISBN-10: 144220611X

ISBN-13: 9781442206113

Did the Maya particularly are expecting that the realm may lead to December of 2012? If no longer, how and why has 2012 millenarianism received such renowned charm? during this deeply a professional e-book, top historians of the Maya solution those questions in a succinct, readable, and obtainable variety. Matthew Restall and Amara Solari introduce, clarify, and eventually demystify the 2012 phenomenon. they start via in short reading the facts for the prediction of the world's lead to old Maya texts and photographs, reading accurately what Maya monks did and didn't prophesize. The authors then convincingly convey how 2012 millenarianism has roots some distance in time and position from Maya cultural traditions, yet in these of medieval and Early smooth Western Europe. Revelatory any myth-busting, whereas last firmly grounded in old truth, this attention-grabbing e-book should be crucial examining because the countdown to December 21, 2012, starts off.

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It is perhaps ironic that, having changed my mind, I am now trying to convince other physicists that there was in fact no singularity at the beginning of the universe – as we shall see later, it can disappear once quantum effects are taken into account. We have seen in this chapter how, in less than half a century, man’s view of the universe formed over millennia has been transformed. Hubble’s discovery that the universe was expanding, and the realization of the insignificance of our own planet in the vastness of the universe, were just the starting point.

Landau pointed out that there was another possible final state for a star, also with a limiting mass of about one or two times the mass of the sun but much smaller even than a white dwarf. These stars would be supported by the exclusion principle repulsion between neutrons and protons, rather than between electrons. They were therefore called neutron stars. They would have a radius of only ten miles or so and a density of hundreds of millions of tons per cubic inch. At the time they were first predicted, there was no way that neutron stars could be observed.

And since there are forces that do not obey the symmetry T, it follows that as the universe expands, these forces could cause more antielectrons to turn into quarks than electrons into antiquarks. Then, as the universe expanded and cooled, the antiquarks would annihilate with the quarks, but since there would be more quarks than antiquarks, a small excess of quarks would remain. It is these that make up the matter we see today and out of which we ourselves are made. Thus our very existence could be regarded as a confirmation of grand unified theories, though a qualitative one only; the uncertainties are such that one cannot predict the numbers of quarks that will be left after the annihilation, or even whether it would be quarks or antiquarks that would remain.

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2012 and the End of the World: The Western Roots of the Maya Apocalypse by Matthew Restall, Amara Solari

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