Life of the Cosmos

ISBN-10: 0195126645

ISBN-13: 9780195126648

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Authors: Lee Smolin
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Description: Lee Smolin offers a new theory of the universe that is at once elegant, comprehensive, and radically different from anything proposed before. 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. Natural selection may guide the appearance of the laws of physics, favoring those universes which best reproduce. 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, "the occurrence of novelty, indeed the perpetual birth 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.

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Book details

List price: $24.95
Publisher: Oxford University Press, Incorporated
Publication date: 3/4/1999
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 368
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.25" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 1.144

Lee Smolin is a theoretical physicist who has made important contributions to quantum gravity. He was educated at Hampshire College and Harvard University. He is a founding member of the Perimeter Institute for Theoretical Physics. His earlier books explore philosophical issues raised by contemporary physics and cosmology: Life of the Cosmos, Three Roads to Quantum Gravity, The Trouble with Physics, and Time Reborn.

Prologue/Revolutions
Introduction
the Crisis in Fundamental Physics
Light and Life
the Logic of Atomism
the Miracle of the Stars
the Dream of Unification
the Lessons of String Theory
an Ecology of Space and Time
Are the Laws of Physics Universal?
Did the Universe Evolve?
Detective Work
the Ecology of the Galaxy
Games and Galaxies
Th E Organization of the Cosmos
What is Life?
the Cosmology of an Interesting Universe
the Flower and the Dodecahedron
Philosophy, Religion, and Cosmology
Beyond the Anthropic Principle
Einstein's Legacy
Space and Time in the New Cosmology
the Road from Newton to Einstein
the Meaning of Einstein's Theory of Relativity
the Meaning of the Quantum
Einstein's Revenge
Cosmology and the Quantum
a Pluralistic Universe
the World as a Network of Relations
the Evolution of Time
Epilogue/ Evolutions
Appendix: Testing Cosmological Natural Selection
Notes and Acknowledgments
Selected Bibliography
Glossary of Scientific and Philosophical Terms
Index
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