Fashion  Faith  and Fantasy in the New Physics of the Universe Book
Score: 3.5
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Fashion Faith and Fantasy in the New Physics of the Universe


  • Author : Roger Penrose
  • Publisher : Princeton University Press
  • Release Date : 2017-09-05
  • Genre: Science
  • Pages : 520
  • ISBN 10 : 9780691178530

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Fashion Faith and Fantasy in the New Physics of the Universe Excerpt :

One of the world's leading physicists questions some of the most fashionable ideas in physics today, including string theory What can fashionable ideas, blind faith, or pure fantasy possibly have to do with the scientific quest to understand the universe? Surely, theoretical physicists are immune to mere trends, dogmatic beliefs, or flights of fancy? In fact, acclaimed physicist and bestselling author Roger Penrose argues that researchers working at the extreme frontiers of physics are just as susceptible to these forces as anyone else. In this provocative book, he argues that fashion, faith, and fantasy, while sometimes productive and even essential in physics, may be leading today's researchers astray in three of the field's most important areas—string theory, quantum mechanics, and cosmology. Arguing that string theory has veered away from physical reality by positing six extra hidden dimensions, Penrose cautions that the fashionable nature of a theory can cloud our judgment of its plausibility. In the case of quantum mechanics, its stunning success in explaining the atomic universe has led to an uncritical faith that it must also apply to reasonably massive objects, and Penrose responds by suggesting possible changes in quantum theory. Turning to cosmology, he argues that most of the current fantastical ideas about the origins of the universe cannot be true, but that an even wilder reality may lie behind them. Finally, Penrose describes how fashion, faith, and fantasy have ironically also shaped his own work, from twistor theory, a possible alternative to string theory that is beginning to acquire a fashionable status, to "conformal cyclic cosmology," an idea so fantastic that it could be called "conformal crazy cosmology." The result is an important critique of some of the most significant developments in physics today from one of its most eminent figures.

Fashion  Faith  and Fantasy in the New Physics of the Universe Book
Score: 3.5
From 3 Ratings

Fashion Faith and Fantasy in the New Physics of the Universe


  • Author : Roger Penrose
  • Publisher : Princeton University Press
  • Release Date : 2016-09-13
  • Genre: Science
  • Pages : 520
  • ISBN 10 : 9781400880287

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Fashion Faith and Fantasy in the New Physics of the Universe Excerpt :

One of the world's leading physicists questions some of the most fashionable ideas in physics today, including string theory What can fashionable ideas, blind faith, or pure fantasy possibly have to do with the scientific quest to understand the universe? Surely, theoretical physicists are immune to mere trends, dogmatic beliefs, or flights of fancy? In fact, acclaimed physicist and bestselling author Roger Penrose argues that researchers working at the extreme frontiers of physics are just as susceptible to these forces as anyone else. In this provocative book, he argues that fashion, faith, and fantasy, while sometimes productive and even essential in physics, may be leading today's researchers astray in three of the field's most important areas—string theory, quantum mechanics, and cosmology. Arguing that string theory has veered away from physical reality by positing six extra hidden dimensions, Penrose cautions that the fashionable nature of a theory can cloud our judgment of its plausibility. In the case of quantum mechanics, its stunning success in explaining the atomic universe has led to an uncritical faith that it must also apply to reasonably massive objects, and Penrose responds by suggesting possible changes in quantum theory. Turning to cosmology, he argues that most of the current fantastical ideas about the origins of the universe cannot be true, but that an even wilder reality may lie behind them. Finally, Penrose describes how fashion, faith, and fantasy have ironically also shaped his own work, from twistor theory, a possible alternative to string theory that is beginning to acquire a fashionable status, to "conformal cyclic cosmology," an idea so fantastic that it could be called "conformal crazy cosmology." The result is an important critique of some of the most significant developments in physics today from one of its most eminent figures.

Cycles of Time Book
Score: 3
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Cycles of Time


  • Author : Roger Penrose
  • Publisher : Random House
  • Release Date : 2013-03-31
  • Genre: Science
  • Pages : 304
  • ISBN 10 : 9781446402214

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Cycles of Time Excerpt :

**WINNER OF THE 2020 NOBEL PRIZE IN PHYSICS** What came before the Big Bang? How did the universe begin and must it inevitably end? In this remarkable book Roger Penrose brilliantly illuminates some of the deepest mysteries of the universe. Cycles of Time contains a penetrating analysis of the second law of thermodynamics - according to which the 'randomness' of our world is continually increasing - and a thorough examination of the light-cone geometry of space-time. It combines these two central themes to show how the expected ultimate fate of our accelerating, expanding universe can actually be reinterpreted as the 'big bang' of a new one. Presenting various standard and non-standard cosmological models, discussing black holes in depth as well as taking in the role of the cosmic microwave background along the way, Roger Penrose argues that the Big Bang was not actually the beginning of everything - nor will it signal the end. 'Science needs more people like Penrose, willing and able to point out the flaws in fashionable models from a position of authority, and to signpost alternative roads to follow' Independent

Shadows of the Mind Book
Score: 4
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Shadows of the Mind


  • Author : Roger Penrose
  • Publisher : Oxford University Press, USA
  • Release Date : 1994
  • Genre: Computers
  • Pages : 457
  • ISBN 10 : 0195106466

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Shadows of the Mind Excerpt :

Presenting a look at the human mind's capacity while criticizing artificial intelligence, the author makes suggestions about classical and quantum physics and the role of microtubules

Consciousness and the Universe  Quantum Physics  Evolution  Brain   Mind Book

Consciousness and the Universe Quantum Physics Evolution Brain Mind


  • Author : Sir Roger Penrose
  • Publisher : Science Publishers
  • Release Date : 2017-11-26
  • Genre: Science
  • Pages : 824
  • ISBN 10 : 1938024303

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Consciousness and the Universe Quantum Physics Evolution Brain Mind Excerpt :

List Price: $48.007" x 10" (17.78 x 25.4 cm) Black & White on White paper828 pagesScience PublishersISBN-13: 978-1938024511 ISBN-10: 1938024516 BISAC: Science / Physics / Quantum TheoryIs consciousness an epiphenomenal happenstance of this particular universe? Or does the very concept of a universe depend upon its presence? Does consciousness merely perceive reality, or does reality depend upon it? Did consciousness simply emerge as an effect of evolution? Or was it, in some sense, always "out there" in the world? These questions and more, are addressed in this special edition.

The Little Book of Black Holes Book

The Little Book of Black Holes


  • Author : Steven S. Gubser
  • Publisher : Princeton University Press
  • Release Date : 2017-09-25
  • Genre: Science
  • Pages : 200
  • ISBN 10 : 9781400888290

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The Little Book of Black Holes Excerpt :

Dive into a mind-bending exploration of the physics of black holes Black holes, predicted by Albert Einstein’s general theory of relativity more than a century ago, have long intrigued scientists and the public with their bizarre and fantastical properties. Although Einstein understood that black holes were mathematical solutions to his equations, he never accepted their physical reality—a viewpoint many shared. This all changed in the 1960s and 1970s, when a deeper conceptual understanding of black holes developed just as new observations revealed the existence of quasars and X-ray binary star systems, whose mysterious properties could be explained by the presence of black holes. Black holes have since been the subject of intense research—and the physics governing how they behave and affect their surroundings is stranger and more mind-bending than any fiction. After introducing the basics of the special and general theories of relativity, this book describes black holes both as astrophysical objects and theoretical “laboratories” in which physicists can test their understanding of gravitational, quantum, and thermal physics. From Schwarzschild black holes to rotating and colliding black holes, and from gravitational radiation to Hawking radiation and information loss, Steven Gubser and Frans Pretorius use creative thought experiments and analogies to explain their subject accessibly. They also describe the decades-long quest to observe the universe in gravitational waves, which recently resulted in the LIGO observatories’ detection of the distinctive gravitational wave “chirp” of two colliding black holes—the first direct observation of black holes’ existence. The Little Book of Black Holes takes readers deep into the mysterious heart of the subject, offering rare clarity of insight into the physics that makes black holes simple yet destructive manifestations of geometric destiny.

Quantum Legacies Book

Quantum Legacies


  • Author : David Kaiser
  • Publisher : Unknown
  • Release Date : 2020
  • Genre: Science
  • Pages : 360
  • ISBN 10 : 9780226698052

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Quantum Legacies Excerpt :

"Physicists have grappled with quantum theory for over a century. They have learned to wring precise answers from the theory's governing equations, and no experiment to date has found compelling evidence to contradict it. Even so, the conceptual apparatus remains stubbornly, famously bizarre. Physicists have tackled these conceptual uncertainties while navigating still larger ones: the rise of fascism, cataclysmic world wars and a new nuclear age, an unsteady Cold War stand-off and its unexpected end. Quantum Legacies introduces readers to physics' still-unfolding quest by treating iconic moments of discovery and debate among well-known figures like Albert Einstein, Erwin Schrödinger, and Stephen Hawking, and many others whose contributions have indelibly shaped our understanding of nature"--

The Large  the Small and the Human Mind Book
Score: 3.5
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The Large the Small and the Human Mind


  • Author : Roger Penrose
  • Publisher : Cambridge University Press
  • Release Date : 2000-04-28
  • Genre: Computers
  • Pages : 201
  • ISBN 10 : 0521785723

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The Large the Small and the Human Mind Excerpt :

The author of the provocative works The Emperor's New Mind and Shadows of the Mind now presents a masterful summary of the complex ideas presented in those books, highlighting areas of research where he perceives there are major unsolved problems that strike at the heart of our understanding of the laws of physics. Illustrated with cartoons & diagrams. 3 tables. Copyright © Libri GmbH. All rights reserved.

The Road to Reality Book
Score: 4
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The Road to Reality


  • Author : Roger Penrose
  • Publisher : Vintage
  • Release Date : 2021-06-09
  • Genre: Science
  • Pages : 1136
  • ISBN 10 : 9780593315309

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The Road to Reality Excerpt :

**WINNER OF THE 2020 NOBEL PRIZE IN PHYSICS** The Road to Reality is the most important and ambitious work of science for a generation. It provides nothing less than a comprehensive account of the physical universe and the essentials of its underlying mathematical theory. It assumes no particular specialist knowledge on the part of the reader, so that, for example, the early chapters give us the vital mathematical background to the physical theories explored later in the book. Roger Penrose's purpose is to describe as clearly as possible our present understanding of the universe and to convey a feeling for its deep beauty and philosophical implications, as well as its intricate logical interconnections. The Road to Reality is rarely less than challenging, but the book is leavened by vivid descriptive passages, as well as hundreds of hand-drawn diagrams. In a single work of colossal scope one of the world's greatest scientists has given us a complete and unrivalled guide to the glories of the universe that we all inhabit. 'Roger Penrose is the most important physicist to work in relativity theory except for Einstein. He is one of the very few people I've met in my life who, without reservation, I call a genius' Lee Smolin

The Emperor s New Mind Book
Score: 3.5
From 10 Ratings

The Emperor s New Mind


  • Author : Roger Penrose
  • Publisher : Oxford Paperbacks
  • Release Date : 1999-03-04
  • Genre: Computers
  • Pages : 602
  • ISBN 10 : 0192861980

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The Emperor s New Mind Excerpt :

Winner of the Wolf Prize for his contribution to our understanding of the universe, Penrose takes on the question of whether artificial intelligence will ever approach the intricacy of the human mind. 144 illustrations.

Quantum Theory  Groups and Representations Book

Quantum Theory Groups and Representations


  • Author : Peter Woit
  • Publisher : Springer
  • Release Date : 2017-11-01
  • Genre: Science
  • Pages : 668
  • ISBN 10 : 9783319646121

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Quantum Theory Groups and Representations Excerpt :

This text systematically presents the basics of quantum mechanics, emphasizing the role of Lie groups, Lie algebras, and their unitary representations. The mathematical structure of the subject is brought to the fore, intentionally avoiding significant overlap with material from standard physics courses in quantum mechanics and quantum field theory. The level of presentation is attractive to mathematics students looking to learn about both quantum mechanics and representation theory, while also appealing to physics students who would like to know more about the mathematics underlying the subject. This text showcases the numerous differences between typical mathematical and physical treatments of the subject. The latter portions of the book focus on central mathematical objects that occur in the Standard Model of particle physics, underlining the deep and intimate connections between mathematics and the physical world. While an elementary physics course of some kind would be helpful to the reader, no specific background in physics is assumed, making this book accessible to students with a grounding in multivariable calculus and linear algebra. Many exercises are provided to develop the reader's understanding of and facility in quantum-theoretical concepts and calculations.

Einstein s Miraculous Year Book
Score: 4
From 1 Ratings

Einstein s Miraculous Year


  • Author : Albert Einstein
  • Publisher : Princeton University Press
  • Release Date : 2005-04-17
  • Genre: Science
  • Pages : 198
  • ISBN 10 : 9780691122281

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Einstein s Miraculous Year Excerpt :

After 1905, physics would never be the same. In those 12 months, Einstein shattered many cherished scientific beliefs with five great papers that would establish him as the world's leading physicist. On their 100th anniversary, this book brings those papers together in an accessible format.

Modern Physics and Ancient Faith Book
Score: 5
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Modern Physics and Ancient Faith


  • Author : Stephen M. Barr
  • Publisher : University of Notre Dame Pess
  • Release Date : 2003-02-28
  • Genre: Religion
  • Pages : 328
  • ISBN 10 : 9780268158057

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Modern Physics and Ancient Faith Excerpt :

A considerable amount of public debate and media print has been devoted to the “war between science and religion.” In his accessible and eminently readable new book, Stephen M. Barr demonstrates that what is really at war with religion is not science itself, but a philosophy called scientific materialism. Modern Physics and Ancient Faith argues that the great discoveries of modern physics are more compatible with the central teachings of Christianity and Judaism about God, the cosmos, and the human soul than with the atheistic viewpoint of scientific materialism. Scientific materialism grew out of scientific discoveries made from the time of Copernicus up to the beginning of the twentieth century. These discoveries led many thoughtful people to the conclusion that the universe has no cause or purpose, that the human race is an accidental by-product of blind material forces, and that the ultimate reality is matter itself. Barr contends that the revolutionary discoveries of the twentieth century run counter to this line of thought. He uses five of these discoveries—the Big Bang theory, unified field theories, anthropic coincidences, Gödel’s Theorem in mathematics, and quantum theory—to cast serious doubt on the materialist’s view of the world and to give greater credence to Judeo-Christian claims about God and the universe. Written in clear language, Barr’s rigorous and fair text explains modern physics to general readers without oversimplification. Using the insights of modern physics, he reveals that modern scientific discoveries and religious faith are deeply consonant. Anyone with an interest in science and religion will find Modern Physics and Ancient Faith invaluable.

Cosmogenesis Book

Cosmogenesis


  • Author : David Layzer
  • Publisher : Oxford University Press
  • Release Date : 1991-03-21
  • Genre: Science
  • Pages : 336
  • ISBN 10 : 0198022212

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Cosmogenesis Excerpt :

Eminent Harvard astrophysicist David Layzer offers readers a unified theory of natural order and its origins, from the permanence, stability, and orderliness of sub-atomic particles to the evolution of the human mind. Cosmogenesis provides the first extended account of a controversial theory that connects quantum mechanics with the second law of thermodynamics, and presents novel resolutions of longstanding paradoxes in these theories, such as those of Schroedinger's cat and the arrow of time. Layzer's main concerns in the second half of the book are with the philosophical issues surrounding science. He develops a highly original reconciliation of the conflict between traditional scientific determinism and the intuitive notion of individual freedom. He argues that although the elementary processes underlying biological evolution and human development are governed by physical laws, they are nevertheless genuinely creative and unpredictable.