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Radical Abundance by K. Eric Drexler

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CHAPTER 7

Science and the Timeless Landscape of Technology

THE GREAT STORY OF THE WORLD

Near the dawn of known time, before any hint of an Earth or a Sun, the pre-stellar universe was a realm of dark matter and incandescent gas that expanded, cooled, and faded to darkness as space itself stretched. There were ripples in that sea of matter, slight concentrations of mass that drew more mass together, collapsing to form the seeds of galaxies.

The physics of gravitation—and of light, heat, and fluid dynamics—describes these collapses along with the lesser collapses within them that gave birth to a generation of stars that brought light into a time of universal darkness. Physics describes the thermonuclear reactions that lit these stars, fusing hydrogen ...

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