By Charles Seife
From the writer of interpreting the Universe and Zero
Humankind has grappled for millennia with the elemental questions of the foundation and finish of the universe—it was once a spotlight of historical religions and myths and of the inquiries of Aristotle, Galileo, Copernicus, Kepler, and Newton. this present day we're on the verge of collapse of discoveries that are supposed to quickly demonstrate the inner most secrets and techniques of the universe.
Alpha and Omega is a dispatch from front traces of the cosmological revolution that's being waged at observatories and laboratories round the world-in Europe, in the United States, or even in Antarctica—where scientists are literally peering into either the cradle of the universe and its grave. Scientists—including galaxy hunters and microwave eavesdroppers, gravity theorists and atom smashers, all of whom are at the path of darkish topic, darkish power, and the starting to be population of the particle zoo-now understand how the universe will finish and are near to realizing its starting. Their findings could be one of the maximum triumphs of technological know-how, even towering above the decoding of the human genome. this can be the booklet you want to support comprehend the widespread front-page headlines heralding dramatic cosmological discoveries. It makes state-of-the-art technology either crystal transparent and beautifully interesting.
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Extra resources for Alpha and Omega: The Search for the Beginning and End of the Universe
200: First pharmacopoeia of the East lists medical marijuana. Chinese surgeon Hua T’o uses marijuana as an anesthetic. 300: Young woman in Jerusalem receives medical marijuana during childbirth. 570: French queen Arnegunde is buried with hemp cloth. 850: Vikings take hemp rope and seeds to Iceland. 900: Arabs learn techniques for making hemp paper. 1000: Hemp ropes appear on Italian ships. Arabic physician Ibn Wahshiyah’s On Poisons warns of marijuana’s potential dangers. 1090: Hasan-ibn-Sabah recruits assassins with hashish.
Some researchers claim that marijuana is not particularly addictive. Experts assert that cannabis’s addictive power parallels caffeine’s (Franklin, 1990; Hilts, 1994). Hilts asked two prominent drug researchers to rank features of six common drugs: nicotine, caffeine, heroin, cocaine, alcohol, and marijuana. Both experts ranked marijuana last in its ability to produce withdrawal, tolerance, and dependence. Another study had experts rank 18 drugs on how easily they “hook” people and how difﬁcult they are to quit.
These products spread across the ancient world. , the Vikings had dragged the ropes with them to Iceland. In 1000, hemp ropes helped the Italian navy dominate the seas. The hemp crop was so important that British farmers were commanded to grow cannabis or pay ﬁnes. Kings ordered the American colonies to export the crop, but they used it to make rope and fabric of their own. People also used the seeds and their oil in various foods, developing nutritious recipes that remain popular today. Cotton and synthetic ﬁbers have replaced some of these ropes and fabrics, but a new movement supports industrial hemp as a more ecological alternative to these products.
Alpha and Omega: The Search for the Beginning and End of the Universe by Charles Seife