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  • Published: 30 November 2021
  • ISBN: 9780262542869
  • Imprint: MIT Press
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 224
  • RRP: $44.99

Ten Patterns That Explain the Universe



How patterns--from diagrams of spacetime to particle trails revealed by supercolliders--offer clues to the fundamental workings of the physical world.

Our universe might appear chaotic, but deep down it's simply a myriad of rules working independently to create patterns of action, force, and consequence. In Ten Patterns That Explain the Universe, Brian Clegg explores the phenomena that make up the very fabric of our world by examining ten essential sequenced systems. From diagrams that show the deep relationships between space and time to the quantum behaviors that rule the way that matter and light interact, Clegg shows how these patterns provide a unique view of the physical world and its fundamental workings.
Guiding readers on a tour of our world and the universe beyond, Clegg describes the cosmic microwave background, sometimes called the "echo of the big bang," and how it offers clues to the universe's beginnings; the diagrams that illustrate Einstein's revelation of the intertwined nature of space and time; the particle trail patterns revealed by the Large Hadron Collider and other accelerators; and the simple-looking patterns that predict quantum behavior (and decorated Richard Feynman's van). Clegg explains how the periodic table reflects the underlying pattern of the configuration of atoms, discusses the power of the number line, demonstrates the explanatory uses of tree diagrams, and more.

  • Published: 30 November 2021
  • ISBN: 9780262542869
  • Imprint: MIT Press
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 224
  • RRP: $44.99

About the author

Brian Clegg

Brian Clegg was educated at Manchester Grammar School and read Natural Sciences at Cambridge, specialising in experimental physics. He spent a year at Lancaster University gaining a second MA in Operational Research and then joined British Airways, where he worked for 17 years on a wide range of projects. In 1994 he launched a new career providing creativity consultancy to corporations and writing for magazines and books. His clients have included BA, Smith Kline Beecham, the BBC, the Treasury and the Met Office. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts. He is also the editor of the successful www.popularscience.co.uk book review site. Brian Clegg lives in a Wiltshire village with his wife and two children.

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