The fact that time is real may seem obvious. With rare conceptual daring, Smolin beckons toward a new perspective for doing cosmological theory . . . A radical new view of the nature of time and the cosmos—“at once entertaining, thought-provoking, fabulously ambitious and fabulously speculative” The New York Times Book Review.
What if the laws of physics themselves were not ageless? What if they could evolve? Time Reborn offers a radical approach to cosmology that embraces the concept of time and opens up a whole new universe of possibilities. What is time? this deceptively simple question is the single most important problem facing science as we probe deeper into the fundamentals of the universe.
Time Reborn: From the Crisis in Physics to the Future of the Universe #ad - Here, the author of the trouble with Physics argues that a limited notion of time is holding physics back—and what we need now is a major shift in scientific thought. But most physicists, from Newton to Einstein to today’s quantum theorists, have seen things differently. A thrilling intellectual ride.
Booklist, starred review.
The Trouble with Physics: The Rise of String Theory, the Fall of a Science, and What Comes NextMariner Books #ad - Ambitious ideas about extra dimensions, exotic particles, multiple universes, and strings have captured the public’s imagination—and the imagination of experts. With clarity, smolin offers an unblinking assessment of the troubles that face modern physics, passion, and authority, and an encouraging view of where the search for the next big idea may lead.
Even still, these speculations dominate the field, attracting the best talent and much of the funding, while creating a climate in which emerging physicists are often penalized for pursuing other avenues. A splendid, edifying report from the front lines of theorectical physics” San Francisco Chronicle.
The Trouble with Physics: The Rise of String Theory, the Fall of a Science, and What Comes Next #ad - But these ideas have not been tested experimentally, and some, like string theory, seem to offer no possibility of being tested. In this illuminating book, renowned physicist Lee Smolin argues that fundamental physics—the search for the laws of nature—is losing its way. The situation threatens to impede the very progress of science.
The best book about contemporary science written for the layman that I have ever read. The times London .
The Singular Universe and the Reality of Time: A Proposal in Natural PhilosophyCambridge University Press #ad - Cosmology is in crisis. Time is real: everything in the structure and regularities of nature changes sooner or later. Then we can hope to explain them. There is only one universe at a time. The argument is readily accessible to non-scientists as well as to the physicists and cosmologists whom it challenges. How and why are the laws of nature what they are? A philosopher and a physicist, world-renowned for their radical ideas in their fields, argue for a revolution.
To keep cosmology scientific, we must replace the old view in which the universe is governed by immutable laws by a new one in which laws evolve. The revolution that Roberto Mangabeira Unger and Lee Smolin propose relies on three central ideas. Mathematics, which has trouble with time, is not the oracle of nature and the prophet of science; it is simply a tool with great power and immense limitations.
The Singular Universe and the Reality of Time: A Proposal in Natural Philosophy #ad - The more we discover, the more puzzling the universe appears to be.
Einstein's Unfinished Revolution: The Search for What Lies Beyond the QuantumPenguin Press #ad - There is more to quantum physics, waiting to be discovered. Along the way, he illuminates the existing theories that might solve these problems, guiding us towards a vision of the quantum that embraces common sense realism. In einstein's unfinished revolution, theoretical physicist Lee Smolin provocatively argues that the problems which have bedeviled quantum physics since its inception are unsolved and unsolvable, for the simple reason that the theory is incomplete.
But for a century it has also been the problem child of science: it has been plagued by intense disagreements between its inventors, strange paradoxes, and implications that seem like the stuff of fantasy. If we are to have any hope of completing the revolution that Einstein began nearly a century ago, we must go beyond quantum mechanics to find a theory that will give us a complete description of nature.
It is the basis of our understanding of atoms, and so much else, radiation, from elementary particles and basic forces to the behavior of materials. Our task--if we are to have simple answers to our simple questions about the universe we live in--must be to go beyond quantum mechanics to a description of the world on an atomic scale that makes sense.
Einstein's Unfinished Revolution: The Search for What Lies Beyond the Quantum #ad - In einstein's unfinished revolution, Lee Smolin brings us a step closer to resolving one of the greatest scientific controversies of our age. A daring new vision of quantum theory from one of the leading minds of contemporary physicsQuantum physics is the golden child of modern science. In this vibrant and accessible book, introducing the stories of the experiments and figures that have transformed our understanding of the universe, Smolin takes us on a journey through the basics of quantum physics, before wrestling with the puzzles and conundrums that the quantum world presents.
Whether it's schrödinger's cat--a creature that is simultaneously dead and alive--or a belief that the world does not exist independently of our observations of it, quantum theory challenges our fundamental assumptions about reality.
Three Roads To Quantum Gravity Science MastersBasic Books #ad - Three Roads To Quantum Gravity Science Masters #ad - It would be hard to imagine a better guide to this difficult subject. Scientific americanin three roads to Quantum Gravity, Lee Smolin provides an accessible overview of the attempts to build a final "theory of everything. He explains in simple terms what scientists are talking about when they say the world is made from exotic entities such as loops, strings, epiphanies, and black holes and tells the fascinating stories behind these discoveries: the rivalries, and intrigues he witnessed firsthand.
Provocative, original, and unsettling. New york review of Books"An excellent writer, a creative thinker. Nature.
The Life of the CosmosOxford University Press #ad - But it is the humanity and sharp clarity of his prose that offers access for the layperson to the mind bending space at the forefront of today's physics. Natural selection may guide the appearance of the laws of physics, favoring those universes which best reproduce. Lee smolin offers a new theory of the universe that is at once elegant, comprehensive, and radically different from anything proposed before.
The result would be a cosmology according to which life is a natural consequence of the fundamental principles on which the universe has been built, and a science that would give us a picture of the universe in which, as the author writes, indeed the perpetual birth of novelty, "the occurrence of novelty, can be understood.
The Life of the Cosmos #ad - Smolin is one of the leading cosmologists at work today, and he writes with an expertise and force of argument that will command attention throughout the world of physics. Smolin posits that a process of self organization like that of biological evolution shapes the universe, as it develops and eventually reproduces through black holes, each of which may result in a new big bang and a new universe.
The Perfect Theory: A Century of Geniuses and the Battle over General RelativityMariner Books #ad - In this sweeping narrative of science and culture, mathematicians, an astrophysicist brings general relativity to life through the story of the brilliant physicists, and astronomers who have taken up its challenge. This has driven their work to unveil the universe’s surprising secrets even further, and many believe more wonders remain hidden within the theory’s tangle of equations, waiting to be exposed.
Still, general relativity has flourished, delivering key insights into our understanding of the origin of time and the evolution of all the stars and galaxies in the cosmos. Physicists have been exploring, debating, and questioning the general theory of relativity ever since Albert Einstein first presented it in 1915.
The Perfect Theory: A Century of Geniuses and the Battle over General Relativity #ad - Einstein’s theory, which explains the relationships among gravity, space, and time, is possibly the most perfect intellectual achievement of modern physics—yet studying it has always been a controversial endeavor. One of the best popular accounts of how Einstein and his followers have been trying to explain the universe for decades” Kirkus Reviews, starred review.
Dark matter, black holes, dark energy, and string theory are all progeny of Einstein’s theory. . In the midst of a momentous transformation in modern physics, showing us where it started, The Perfect Theory exposes the greater relevance of general relativity, as scientists look farther and more clearly into space than ever before, where it has led—and where it can still take us.
Its adherents have revealed what lies at the farthest reaches of the universe, shed light on the smallest scales of existence, and explained how the fabric of reality emerges. Even today, phd students are warned that specializing in general relativity will make them unemployable.
Written in Stone: Evolution, the Fossil Record, and Our Place in NatureBellevue Literary Press #ad - Written in Stone: Evolution, the Fossil Record, and Our Place in Nature #ad - Written in stone is the first book to tell the story of the fossils that mapped out evolutionary history. 150 years after darwin's origin was published, how horses stood up on their tip-toes, how feathered dinosaurs took to the air, scientists are beginning to understand how whales walked into the sea, and how our ancestors came down from the trees.
Complexity: The Emerging Science at the Edge of Order and ChaosOpen Road Media #ad - Waldrop creates the most exciting intellectual adventure story of the year” The Washington Post. Waldrop has a special talent for relaying the exhilaration of moments of intellectual insight. The new york times book review “where i enjoyed the book was when it dove into the actual question of complexity, biology, genetics, computer modeling, talking about complex systems in economics, and so on.
They have formed an iconoclastic think-tank and their radical idea is to create a new science: complexity. They want to know how a primordial soup of simple molecules managed to turn itself into the first living cell—and what the origin of life some four billion years ago can tell us about the process of technological innovation today.
Complexity: The Emerging Science at the Edge of Order and Chaos #ad - Snippets of rare beauty here and there almost took your breath away. Medium “waldrop provides a good grounding of what may indeed be the first flowering of a new science. Publishers Weekly . Its activists are not anarchists, mathematicians, but rather Nobel Laureates in physics and economics and pony-tailed graduates, and computer scientists from all over the world.
This book is their story—the story of how they have tried to forge what they like to call the science of the twenty-first century. In a rarified world of scientific research, a revolution has been brewing.
The Self Beyond Itself: An Alternative History of Ethics, the New Brain Sciences, and the Myth of Free WillThe New Press #ad - Intertwines history, philosophy, and science . . . Illustrating the results of today’s research with real-life examples, taking readers from elementary school classrooms to Nazi concentration camps, Ravven demonstrates that it is possible to build a theory of ethics that doesn’t rely on free will yet still holds both individuals and groups responsible for the decisions that help create a good society.
A magisterial survey of how contemporary neuroscience supports a vision of human morality which puts it squarely on the same plane as other natural phenomena. William D. Casebeer, author of Natural Ethical Facts. The self beyond itself also introduces readers to a rich, alternative philosophical tradition of ethics, rooted in the writing of Baruch Spinoza, that finds uncanny confirmation in modern science.
The Self Beyond Itself: An Alternative History of Ethics, the New Brain Sciences, and the Myth of Free Will #ad - An intellectual hand-grenade . . . In a work of breathtaking intellectual sweep and erudition, Heidi M. Ravven offers a riveting and accessible review of cutting-edge neuroscientific research into the brain’s capacity for decision-making—from “mirror” neurons and “self-mapping” to surprising new understandings of group psychology.
The self beyond itself is that rare book that injects new ideas into an old debate—and “an important contribution to the development of our thinking about morality” Washington Independent Review of Books. Few concepts are more unshakable in our culture than free will, the idea that individuals are fundamentally in control of the decisions they make, good or bad.
The Universe and the Teacup: The Mathematics of Truth and BeautyMariner Books #ad - Cole writes clearly, simply and vividly, ” noted The New York Times. Cole follows up her paean to the power of physics, Sympathetic Vibrations, with this engaging and accessible guide to the might and majesty of mathematics. From the acclaimed los angeles Times science writer, a wise, witty, and elegant study of how math provides practical solutions to everyday problems.
The universe and the teacup uses relatable examples, humorous prose, and whimsical line drawings to demonstrate math’s ability to “translate the complexity of the world into manageable patterns. Cole shows how mathematical concepts illuminate everything from human risk-taking behavior to astronomical investigation, game theory to logic problems—not to mention the very structure of the universe itself.
The Universe and the Teacup: The Mathematics of Truth and Beauty #ad - She so obviously likes mathematics, the reader can't help liking it too. Filled with “a thousand fascinating facts and shrewd observations Martin Gardner, from relativity to rainbows, this book demonstrates how the truth and beauty of everything, Los Angeles Times, is all in the numbers. . Are the secrets of the universe written in words—or is it all about the digits? K.
C. Brimming with trivia stressing the importance of math throughout history, this is a book both math nerds and the “innumerate” everyday person can enjoy in equal measure.