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Going Supernova

David​ Kaiser

17 February 2011
Cycles of Time 
by Roger Penrose.
Bodley Head, 288 pp., £25, September 2010, 978 0 224 08036 1
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How Old Is the Universe? 
by David Weintraub.
Princeton, 370 pp., £20.95, 0 691 14731 0
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... for ever. When graphing data for some quantities these days, cosmologists amplify their error bars by a factor of 400 just so that the remaining uncertainties can be made visible on the page. DavidWeintraub’s new book, How Old Is the Universe?, captures the spirit of this post-lonely-hearts era. Weintraub, an astronomer at Vanderbilt University, offers a patient tour of the new data-rich landscape ...

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