Provocative, original, and unsettling. New york review of Books"An excellent writer, a creative thinker. Nature.
Time Reborn: From the Crisis in Physics to the Future of the UniverseMariner Books #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. The true reality of this manmade construct could be the key to the next big breakthrough in theoretical physics—and could hold implications relevant to issues from climate change to the economy.
All of the mysteries physicists and cosmologists face—from the Big Bang to the future of the universe, from the puzzles of quantum physics to the unification of forces and particles—come down to the nature of time. The scientific case for time being an illusion is formidable. That is why the consequences of adopting the view that time is real are revolutionary.
Time Reborn: From the Crisis in Physics to the Future of the Universe #ad - 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. 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.
You experience it passing every day when you watch clocks tick, bread toast, and children grow. A thrilling intellectual ride. Booklist, starred review. The fact that time is real may seem obvious. But most physicists, from Newton to Einstein to today’s quantum theorists, have seen things differently.
Einstein's Unfinished Revolution: The Search for What Lies Beyond the QuantumPenguin Press #ad - 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. 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.
In this vibrant and accessible book, smolin takes us on a journey through the basics of quantum physics, introducing the stories of the experiments and figures that have transformed our understanding of the universe, before wrestling with the puzzles and conundrums that the quantum world presents. A daring new vision of quantum theory from one of the leading minds of contemporary physicsQuantum physics is the golden child of modern science.
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. 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.
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. There is more to quantum physics, waiting to be discovered. 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.
Quantum Space: Loop Quantum Gravity and the Search for the Structure of Space, Time, and the UniverseOUP Oxford #ad - One leads to string theory, which has for long been fashionable, and about which much has been written. But string Theory has become mired in problems. It is the basis for the standard model of particle physics, which builds up all the visible constituents of the universe out of collections of quarks, electrons and force-carrying particles such as photons.
Baggott tells the story through the careers and pioneering work of two of the theory'smost prominent contributors, Lee Smolin and Carlo Rovelli. The discovery of gravitational waves at the LIGO observatory in the US and then Virgo, in Italy is only the most recent of this theory's many triumphs. The second is quantum mechanics.
Quantum Space: Loop Quantum Gravity and the Search for the Structure of Space, Time, and the Universe #ad - Combining clear discussions of both quantum theory and general relativity, this book offers one of the first efforts to explain the new quantum theory of space and time. The discovery of the higgs boson at CERN in Geneva is only the most recent of this theory's many triumphs. But, while they are both highly successful, these two structures leave a lot of important questions unanswered.
The first is albert einstein's general theory of relativity, which describes the large-scale behaviour of matter in a curved spacetime. What we need is a quantum theory of gravity. Approaches to formulating such a theory have primarily followed two paths. In this book, jim baggott describes ": an approach which takes relativity as its starting point, and leads to a structure called Loop Quantum Gravity.
The Trouble with Physics: The Rise of String Theory, the Fall of a Science, and What Comes NextMariner Books #ad - A splendid, edifying report from the front lines of theorectical physics” San Francisco Chronicle. The best book about contemporary science written for the layman that I have ever read. The times London . With clarity, passion, and authority, Smolin offers an unblinking assessment of the troubles that face modern physics, and an encouraging view of where the search for the next big idea may lead.
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, like string theory, and some, seem to offer no possibility of being tested. Ambitious ideas about extra dimensions, multiple universes, exotic particles, and strings have captured the public’s imagination—and the imagination of experts. 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. Even still, attracting the best talent and much of the funding, these speculations dominate the field, while creating a climate in which emerging physicists are often penalized for pursuing other avenues.
The Singular Universe and the Reality of Time: A Proposal in Natural PhilosophyCambridge University Press #ad - 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. Cosmology is in crisis. The argument is readily accessible to non-scientists as well as to the physicists and cosmologists whom it challenges. Time is real: everything in the structure and regularities of nature changes sooner or later.
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. The more we discover, the more puzzling the universe appears to be. There is only one universe at a time. Then we can hope to explain them. The revolution that Roberto Mangabeira Unger and Lee Smolin propose relies on three central ideas.
The Singular Universe and the Reality of Time: A Proposal in Natural Philosophy #ad - 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 Life of the CosmosOxford University Press #ad - 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, indeed the perpetual birth of novelty, as the author writes, "the occurrence of novelty, can be understood.
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. 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.
The Life of the Cosmos #ad - 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. Lee smolin offers a new theory of the universe that is at once elegant, comprehensive, and radically different from anything proposed before.
Natural selection may guide the appearance of the laws of physics, favoring those universes which best reproduce.
Reality Is Not What It Seems: The Journey to Quantum GravityRiverhead Books #ad - In elegant and accessible prose, from michael Faraday to gravitational waves, Rovelli takes us on a wondrous journey from Democritus to Albert Einstein, and from classical physics to his own work in quantum gravity. He tells us how our understanding of reality has changed over the centuries and how physicists think about the structure of the universe today.
The man who makes physics sexy. As he shows us how the idea of reality has evolved over time, Rovelli offers deeper explanations of the theories he introduced so concisely in Seven Brief Lessons on Physics. Rovelli invites us to imagine a marvelous world where space breaks up into tiny grains, time disappears at the smallest scales, and black holes are waiting to explode—a vast universe still largely undiscovered.
Reality Is Not What It Seems: The Journey to Quantum Gravity #ad - The scientist they’re calling the next Stephen Hawking. The times magazinefrom the new york times–bestselling author of Seven Brief Lessons on Physics and The Order of Time, a closer look at the mind-bending nature of the universe. What are the elementary ingredients of the world? Do time and space exist? And what exactly is reality? Theoretical physicist Carlo Rovelli has spent his life exploring these questions.
This book culminates in a lucid overview of quantum gravity, the field of research that explores the quantum nature of space and time, seeking to unify quantum mechanics and general relativity.
Something Deeply Hidden: Quantum Worlds and the Emergence of SpacetimeDutton #ad - Sean carroll, theoretical physicist and one of this world’s most celebrated writers on science, rewrites the history of 20th century physics. We are on the threshold of a new understanding—of where we are in the cosmos, and what we are made of. Science popularizers keep telling us how weird it is, how impossible it is to understand.
Step-by-step in carroll's uniquely lucid way, he tackles the major objections to this otherworldly revelation until his case is inescapably established. Many of every one of us. Copies of you are generated thousands of times per second. We just have to accept that there is more than one of us in the universe.
The many worlds theory of quantum behavior says that every time there is a quantum event, a world splits off with everything in it the same, except in that other world the quantum event didn't happen. Putting his professional reputation on the line with this audacious yet entirely reasonable book, Carroll says that the crisis can now come to an end.
Something Deeply Hidden: Quantum Worlds and the Emergence of Spacetime #ad - There are many, many Sean Carrolls. Instant new york times bestsellera science news favorite science book of 2019As you read these words, copies of you are being created. Academics discourage students from working on the "dead end" of quantum foundations. Rarely does a book so fully reorganize how we think about our place in the universe.
Fashion, Faith, and Fantasy in the New Physics of the UniversePrinceton University Press #ad - In this provocative book, quantum mechanics, may be leading today's researchers astray in three of the field's most important areas—string theory, he argues that fashion, faith, and fantasy, while sometimes productive and even essential in physics, 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.
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. 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.
One of the world's leading physicists questions some of the most fashionable ideas in physics today, or pure fantasy possibly have to do with the scientific quest to understand the universe? Surely, including string theoryWhat can fashionable ideas, dogmatic beliefs, or flights of fancy? In fact, blind faith, theoretical physicists are immune to mere trends, 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.
Fashion, Faith, and Fantasy in the New Physics of the Universe #ad - . Finally, penrose describes how fashion, and fantasy have ironically also shaped his own work, from twistor theory, to "conformal cyclic cosmology, a possible alternative to string theory that is beginning to acquire a fashionable status, faith, " 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: An Extraordinary New View of the UniverseVintage #ad - This groundbreaking book presents a new perspective on three of cosmology’s essential questions: What came before the Big Bang? What is the source of order in our universe? And what cosmic future awaits us? Penrose shows how the expected fate of our ever-accelerating and expanding universe—heat death or ultimate entropy—can actually be reinterpreted as the conditions that will begin a new “Big Bang.
He details the basic principles beneath our universe, explaining various standard and non-standard cosmological models, the fundamental role of the cosmic microwave background, the paramount significance of black holes, and other basic building blocks of contemporary physics. Intellectually thrilling and widely accessible, Cycles of Time is a welcome new contribution to our understanding of the universe from one of our greatest mathematicians and thinkers.