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Visions of Discovery New Light on Physics, Cosmology, and Consciousness

ISBN-10: 0521882397

ISBN-13: 9780521882392

Edition: 2010

Authors: Raymond Y. Chiao, William D. Phillips, Anthony J. Leggett, Marvin L. Cohen, Charles L. Harper

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List price: $109.95
Copyright year: 2010
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publication date: 10/21/2010
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 826
Size: 7.00" wide x 9.75" long x 1.75" tall
Weight: 3.850
Language: English

Anthony J. Leggett is the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Professor of Physics and the Center for Advanced Study Professor of Physics at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. His principal research interests lie in condensed matter physics and the foundations of quantum mechanics. Among his numerous awards and honors, Professor Leggett shared the 2003 Nobel Prize in Physics.

Marvin Cohen is University Professor at UC Berkeley. His research covers a broad spectrum of subjects in theoretical condensed matter physics. He is a member of the National Academy of Sciences and recipient of the National Medal of Science, the APS Oliver E. Buckley Prize for Solid State Physics, the APS Julius Edgar Lilienfeld Prize, and the Foresight Institute Richard P. Feynman Prize in Nanotechnology. He was 2005 President of the American Physical Society.

List of contributors
Editors' preface
Laureates' preface: reflections from four physics
Illumination: The History and Future of Physical Science and Technology
A short history of light in the Western world
Tools and innovation
The future of science
The end of everything: will AI replace humans? Will everything die when the universe freezes over?
Fundamental Physics and Quantum Mechanics
Fundamental constants
New insights on time symmetry in quantum mechanics
The major unknowns in particle physics and cosmology
The major unknown in quantum mechanics: Is it the whole truth?
Precision cosmology and the landscape
Hairy black holes, phase transitions, and AdS/CFT
Astrophysics and Astronomy
The microwave background: a cosmic time machine
Dark matter and dark energy
New directions and intersections for observational cosmology: the case of dark energy
Inward bound: high-resolution astronomy and the quest for black holes and extrasolar planets
Searching for signatures of life beyond the solar system: astrophysical interferometry and the 150 km Exo-Earth Imager
New directions for gravitational wave physics via 'Millikan oil drops'
An 'ultrasonic' image of the embryonic universe: CMB polarization tests of the inflationary paradigm
New Approaches in Technology and Science
Visualizing complexity: development of 4D microscopy and diffraction for imaging in space and time
Is life based on laws of physics?
Quantum information
Emergence in condensed matter physics
Achieving the highest spectral resolution over the widest spectral bandwidth: precision measurement meets ultrafast science
Wireless non-radiative energy transfer
Consciousness and Free Will
The big picture: exploring questions on the boundaries of science - consciousness and free will
Quantum entanglement: from fundamental questions to quantum communication and quantum computation and back
Consciousness, body, and brain: the matter of the mind Gerald
The relation between quantum mechanics and higher brain functions: lessons from quantum computation and neurobiology
Free will and the causal closure of physics
Natural laws and the closure of physics
Anti-Cartesianism and downward causation: reshaping the free-will debate
Can we understand free will?
Reflections on the Big Questions: Mind, Matter. Mathematics, and Ultimate Reality
The big picture: exploring questions on the boundaries of science - mind, matter, mathematics
The mathematical universe
Where do the laws of physics come from? Paul
Science, energy, ethics, and civilization
Life of science, life of faith
The science of light and the light of science: an appreciative theological reflection on the life and work of Charles Hard Townes
Two quibbles about 'ultimate'