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Signatures of the Artist: The Vital Imperfections That Make Our Universe Habitable

Steven E. Vigdor


This book provides a nonmathematical survey of the past half-century of research in particle physics, nuclear physics, and cosmology bearing on the physical conditions that allow our universe to support the development of structure and the origins of life. These conditions rely on a surprising number of tiny imperfections—deviations from perfect symmetry (i.e., symmetry violations), homogeneity, or predictability—that seem mysteriously fine-tuned. The emphasis here is on the intricate tapestry of elegant experiments that have revealed and quantified these imperfections, as well as on theoretic ... More

Keywords: particle physics, nuclear physics, cosmology, origin of life, symmetry violation, fine-tuning, elegant experiment, infant universe, matter–antimatter asymmetry, energy budget of the universe

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2018 Print ISBN-13: 9780198814825
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: March 2018 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780198814825.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Steven E. Vigdor, author
Emeritus Professor of Physics, Indiana University, Bloomington