In 2020, Katie Mack’s “The End of Everything” was published and received the title of “Best Book of the Year” from many magazines.
What a fascinating read about a possible end to our universe! While “fantastic” may be the wrong word, this book is about the end of all life.
The author wrote the book in a captivating and engaging manner, making complex astrophysical concepts accessible to anyone, regardless of their level of knowledge. Dr. Mack’s writing style is simple, clear, and humorous, which makes this non-fiction book an enjoyable read despite the somewhat grim topic.
Many people are interested in end-of-world theories, although they cannot be confirmed empirically. As a result, these are considered fascinating mind games rather than serious hypotheses. Nonetheless, I’d like to introduce you to the book’s probable scenarios:
- The big crunch: The scenario describes what happens when the entire universe eventually collapses to a tiny point of infinite density. That is, the expansion of the universe reverses and collapses.
- Heat death: The universe will continue to expand. However, this also means it decays, making everything colder and colder until it reaches absolute zero. (The term “heat” here refers to the physical exchange of energy.)
- The Big Rip: It is possible that dark energy is responsible for the increasing rate of expansion of the universe. Therefore, it could sweep the stars away into the infinite void of the cosmos. From Earth, the starry sky is becoming darker and darker.
- Vacuum decay: At CERN, researchers found evidence for the existence of the so-called Higgs field, which fills the seeming space of the cosmos. Now, the value of this Higgs field has been stable long enough for stars to form and life to evolve. A disturbance in the Higgs field would immediately destroy any form of matter.
- Big Bounce: According to this theory, the Big Bang was the outcome of the collapse of an earlier universe. Therefore, a successor universe will end in collapse and create a new universe as well. As a result, the whole process repeats itself indefinitely.
The book is not just an exploration of astrophysics and cosmology but also a philosophical and introspective journey. The end of the universe raises fundamental questions about the nature of existence, the meaning of life, and the purpose of our existence.
What a mess, isn’t it? It’s absurd to think about these situations in your head, but they’re also quite intriguing. The book is a must-read for anyone interested in the mysteries of the universe and the ultimate fate of everything. I highly recommend this book to anyone looking for an engaging read.
My rating for ‘The End of Everything’
This book and its plot blew me away. It was a fantastic read, and I highly recommend it to everyone.
About the author
Dr Katie Mack is an American theoretical astrophysicist. Throughout her career, she has studied dark matter, the early universe, the formation of galaxies, black holes, cosmic strings and the ultimate fate of the cosmos.
In addition to her academic career, she is a columnist for a number of popular publications.