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Did time begin? Will time end? (English) Zbl 1198.85001
Hackensack, NJ: World Scientific (ISBN 978-981-4280-58-7/hbk; 978-981-4280-60-0/ebook). vii, 108 p. (2010).
There is a constant change process in the observed part of the universe. And this change process does not allow us to identify time begin and time end in the universe. By using present-day information on the universe the following three options of the evolution of the universe are discussed, analysed and studied in this book:
The currently observed expansion of the universe will end after a finite time. In a cyclic universe, time had no beginning and will have no end.
The currently observed expansion of the universe will end after a finite time in a Big Rip. Time began some 13.7 billion years ago and will end some trillion years in the future.
The currently observed expansion of universe will continue for an infinite time as a constant. Time began 13.7 billion years age and will never end.

All people who are interested in the evolution of the observed part of the universe can benefit from this book.
85-01 Introductory exposition (textbooks, tutorial papers, etc.) pertaining to astronomy and astrophysics
85A40 Cosmology
00A79 Physics (Use more specific entries from Sections 70-XX through 86-XX when possible)
83F05 Cosmology
97M50 Physics, astronomy, technology, engineering (aspects of mathematics education)
83C05 Einstein’s equations (general structure, canonical formalism, Cauchy problems)
03A05 Philosophical and critical aspects of logic and foundations
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