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Science and Ultimate Reality Quantum Theory, Cosmology, and Complexity

ISBN-10: 052183113X

ISBN-13: 9780521831130

Edition: 2003

Authors: John D. Barrow, Paul C. W. Davies, Charles L. Harper

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Providing an overview, exploring unanswered questions and looking at future directions for research, contributions from top researchers give a fascinating snapshot into the future of physics.
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List price: $113.00
Copyright year: 2003
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publication date: 4/22/2004
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 742
Size: 7.25" wide x 9.75" long x 1.50" tall
Weight: 3.630
Language: English

John D. Barrow is a scientist who writes accessibly about astrophysics and cosmology for both the general reader and the expert. Born in 1952, in London, England, Barrow earned a B.S. degree with first-class honors from the University of Durham in 1974. Three years later he received his doctorate from Magdalen College, Oxford. He was a junior research lecturer in astrophysics at Oxford University from 1977 to 1980 and became a lecturer in astronomy at the University of Sussex in Brighton in 1981. With coauthor Joseph Silk, Barrow published The Left Hand of Creation: The Origin and Evolution of the Expanding Universe in 1983. The book, which explains particle physics and its application to the creation and evolution of the universe, quickly won praise for its lucid style. Barrow delved further into this topic in 1994 with The Origin of the Universe. In this work he explored such questions as the possibility of extra dimensions to space, the beginning of time, and how human existence is part and parcel of the origin and composition of the universe. Barrow's other books include Pi and the Sky; Theories of Everything; and The World Within the World. He has also contributed many articles to such professional journals as New Scientist, Scientific American, and Nature.

Foreword
Editor's preface
Preface
An Overview of the Contributions of John Archibald Wheeler
John Archibald Wheeler and the clash of ideas
An Historian's Tribute to John Archibald Wheeler and Scientific Speculation Through the Ages
The heritage of Heraclitus: John Archibald Wheeler and the itch to speculate Jaroslav Pelikan
Quantum Reality - Theory
Why is nature described by quantum theory?
Thought experiments in honor of
It from qubit David Deutsch
The wave function: it or bit?
Quantum Darwinism and envariance
Using qubits to learn about it
Quantum gravity as an ordinary gauge theory
The Everett interpretation of quantum mechanics
Quantum Reality - Experiment
Why the quantum? It from bit? A participatory universe? Three far-reaching, visionary questions from John Archibald Wheeler and how they inspired a quantum experimentalist Anton Zeilinger
Speakable and unspeakable, past and future
Conceptual tensions between quantum mechanics and general relativity: are there experimental consequences?
Breeding non-local Schrodinger cats: a thought experiment to explore the quantum classical boundary
Quantum erasing the nature of reality - or, perhaps, the reality of nature?
Quantum feedback and the quantum-classical transition Hideo Mabuchi
What quantum computers may tell us about quantum mechanics Christopher R. Monroe
Big Questions in Cosmology
Cosmic inflation and the arrow of time Andreas Albrecht
Cosmology and immutability
Quantum cosmology, inflation, and the anthropic principle Andrei Linde
Parallel universes Max Tegmark
Quantum theories of gravity: results and prospects Lee Smolin
A genuinely evolving universe Joao Magueijo
Planck-scale models of the universe Fotini G. Markopoulou
Implications of additional spatial dimensions to questions in cosmology Lisa Randall
Emergence, Life, and Related Topics
Emergence: us from it
True complexity and its associated ontology
The three origins: cosmos, life and mind Marcelo Gleiser
Autonomous agents
To see a world in a grain of sand
Science and ultimate reality program committees
Young researchers competition in honor of John Archibald Wheeler for physics graduate students, post-doctoral fellows, and young faculty