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
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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.

Queering Faith in Fantasy Literature Book

Queering Faith in Fantasy Literature


  • Author : Taylor Driggers
  • Publisher : Bloomsbury Publishing
  • Release Date : 2022-01-13
  • Genre: Literary Criticism
  • Pages : 248
  • ISBN 10 : 9781350231740

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Queering Faith in Fantasy Literature Excerpt :

Fantasy literature inhabits the realms of the orthodox and heterodox, the divine and demonic simultaneously, making it uniquely positioned to imaginatively re-envision Christian theology from a position of difference. Having an affinity for the monstrous and the 'other', and a preoccupation with desires and forms of embodiment that subvert dominant understandings of reality, fantasy texts hold hitherto unexplored potential for articulating queer and feminist religious perspectives. Focusing primarily on fantastic literature of the mid- to late twentieth century, this book examines how Christian theology in the genre is dismantled, re-imagined and transformed from the margins of gender and sexuality. Aligning fantasy with Derrida's theories of deconstruction, Taylor Driggers explores how the genre can re-figure God as the 'other' excluded and erased from theology. Through careful readings of C.S. Lewis's Till We Have Faces, Angela Carter's The Passion of New Eve, and Ursula K. Le Guin's The Left Hand of Darkness and the Earthsea novels, Driggers contends that fantasy can challenge cis-normative, heterosexual, and patriarchal theology. Also engaging with the theories of Hélène Cixous, Luce Irigaray, Marcella Althaus-Reid, and Linn Marie Tonstad, this book demonstrates that whilst fantasy cannot save Christianity from itself, nor rehabilitate it for marginalised subjects, it confronts theology with its silenced others in a way that bypasses institutional debates on inclusion and leadership, asking how theology might be imagined otherwise.

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

eGods Book

eGods


  • Author : William Sims Bainbridge
  • Publisher : Oxford University Press
  • Release Date : 2013-04-01
  • Genre: Religion
  • Pages : 336
  • ISBN 10 : 9780199323715

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eGods Excerpt :

What is the relationship between religion and multi-player online roleplaying games? Are such games simply a secular distraction from traditional religious practices, or do they in fact offer a different route to the sacred? In eGods, a leading scholar in the study of virtual gameworlds takes an in-depth look at the fantasy religions of 41 games and arrives at some surprising conclusions. William Sims Bainbridge investigates all aspects of the gameworlds' religious dimensions: the focus on sacred spaces; the prevalence of magic; the fostering of a tribal morality by both religion and rules programmed into the game; the rise of cults and belief systems within the gameworlds (and how this relates to cults in the real world); the predominance of polytheism; and, of course, how gameworld religions depict death. As avatars are multiple and immortal, death is merely a minor setback in most games. Nevertheless, much of the action in some gameworlds centers on the issue of mortality and the problematic nature of resurrection. Examining EverQuest II, Lord of the Rings Online, Rift, World of Warcraft, Star Wars: The Old Republic, and many others, Bainbridge contends that gameworlds offer a new perspective on the human quest, one that combines the arts, simulates many aspects of real life, and provides meaningful narratives about achieving goals by overcoming obstacles. Indeed, Bainbridge suggests that such games take us back to those ancient nights around the fire, when shadows flickered and it was easy to imagine the monsters conjured by the storyteller lurking in the forest. Arguing that gameworlds reintroduce a curvilinear model of early religion, where today as in ancient times faith is inseparable from fantasy, eGods shows how the newest secular technology returns us to the very origins of religion so that we might "arrive where we started and know the place for the first time."

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.

Power  Faith  and Fantasy  America in the Middle East  1776 to the Present Book
Score: 4
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Power Faith and Fantasy America in the Middle East 1776 to the Present


  • Author : Michael B. Oren
  • Publisher : W. W. Norton
  • Release Date : 2008-02-17
  • Genre: History
  • Pages : 864
  • ISBN 10 : 0393330303

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Power Faith and Fantasy America in the Middle East 1776 to the Present Excerpt :

“Will shape our thinking about America and the Middle East for years.”—Christopher Dickey, Newsweek Power, Faith, and Fantasytells the remarkable story of America's 230-year relationship with the Middle East. Drawing on a vast range of government documents, personal correspondence, and the memoirs of merchants, missionaries, and travelers, Michael B. Oren narrates the unknown story of how the United States has interacted with this vibrant and turbulent region.

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.

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.

The Black Hawks  Articles of Faith  Book 1  Book

The Black Hawks Articles of Faith Book 1


  • Author : David Wragg
  • Publisher : HarperCollins UK
  • Release Date : 2019-10-03
  • Genre: Fiction
  • Pages : 432
  • ISBN 10 : 9780008331429

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The Black Hawks Articles of Faith Book 1 Excerpt :

Dark, thrilling, and hilarious, The Black Hawks is an epic adventure perfect for fans of Joe Abercrombie and Scott Lynch.

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.

Michael Faraday Book

Michael Faraday


  • Author : Colin A. Russell
  • Publisher : Oxford University Press
  • Release Date : 2000
  • Genre: Juvenile Nonfiction
  • Pages : 124
  • ISBN 10 : 9780195117639

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Michael Faraday Excerpt :

A biography of the nineteenth-century English scientist whose religious beliefs guided his exploration of electricity and magnetism.

God and Harry Potter at Yale Book

God and Harry Potter at Yale


  • Author : Danielle Elizabeth Tumminio
  • Publisher : Unknown
  • Release Date : 2010-12-01
  • Genre: Literary Criticism
  • Pages : 182
  • ISBN 10 : 0982963319

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God and Harry Potter at Yale Excerpt :

Who would have believed it? Studying Harry Potter at Yale University? To learn about Christian theology? But it happened 'God and Harry Potter at Yale' is the story of the controversial course, 'Harry Potter and Christian Theology, ' its teacher, the Rev. Danielle Tumminio, and what she taught and learned from her brilliant undergraduate students. They explored the heights of theology and literature for answers about eternal questions of faith, revelation, salvation, and what it means to be human. Come to the American Hogwarts in New Haven to join these Ivy League Seekers and their guide as they examine the stories of the Chosen One and Dark Lord for a greater understanding of the Potter novels and life's mysteries.