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Doubt and Certainty The Celebrated Academy Debates on Science, Mysticism Reality

ISBN-10: 0738201693

ISBN-13: 9780738201696

Edition: 1999

Authors: Tony Rothman, George Sudarshan

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In this text, Rothman and Sudarshan delve deep into modern science and eastern philosophy, and come up with some startling insights into the structure of the physical world.
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List price: $18.00
Copyright year: 1999
Publisher: Basic Books
Publication date: 10/7/1999
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 336
Size: 6.50" wide x 9.25" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 1.034
Language: English

Preface: Knowledge and Wisdom
Prologue: The Question
Is The Universe Describable? Laws, Principles, Theories and Models
Grounds for Debate
"Zapomnyat" and "Zapomniec"; A Preliminary Contemplation on the True Nature of "Theory"
The Transient Nature of All Things; The Preliminary Contemplation Continued
The Metaphysics of Laws and Principles Is Briefly Described
A Practical Exercise: Are Principles More Sacred Than Laws?
The Confusion of Models with Reality
Other Modes of Perception
A True Story
A Comparison of Meditative Experiences with Experimental Physics
In Which the First Debates Are Summarized
Is Nature Unreasonably Mathematical? Mathematics, Theories and Reality
The Question
The Conventional Wisdom of Physicists
Is Mathematics Real?
Is God a Mathematician? The Age of the Claim Is Revealed
A Short Meditation on the Alliance Between Jungians and Physicsts
A Contemplation: Does Physics Rediscover Preexisting Mathematics? Are There Mathematical Concepts Not Used in Physics?
The Four Faces of Approximation
The Degenerate Description of Reality
Are There Physical Things That Mathematics Cannot Describe?
A Practical Exercise: Is Music Unreasonably Mathematical?
In Which the Second Debates Are Summarized
Is the World Symmetrical? Friezes, Particles and Groups
The Question
Is There Symmetry in Art?
Is There Truth in Beauty?
A Short Discourse on the Mathematical Description of Beauty
The Theoreticians Reveal the Symmetries of Particles
The Symmetrists Show That the Symmetry of Forces Is No Different
Unification Without Unification
Countless Manifestations
But Do Quarks Exist?
Are the Laws of Nature Symmetric?
Is Motion Symmetry?
Symmetry Without Symmetry
A Contemplation: Symmetry Is Asymmetry
A Practical Exercise: Is Symmetry in the Eye of the Beholder?
In Which the Third Debates Are Summarized
Why Do Things Happen? Causality, Synchronicity and All That
The Question
Are There Causes? In Which Philosophers Befog One's Mind
In Which Physicists Befog One's Mind
Some Fraudulent Causes Are Unmasked
An Argument on the Teleological Nature of the Action
The Academicians Contemplate Action at a Distance
The Attraction of Advanced Effects Leads the Academicians to Synchronicity
What Is Synchronicity?
What Does Synchronicity Have to Do with the East?
Can Quantum Mechanics Explain Synchronicity?
A Practical Exercise: Can Coincidences Be Computed?
In Which the Fourth Debates Are Summarized
Does Time Go Forward? Past and Future
The Question
In Which the Paradox Is Clarified
Is Entropy Possible?
Boltzmann's Solution Is Presented and Viciously Attacked
The Never-ending Debate
The Cosmological Solution Is Disputed
The Gibbs Branch Reveals an Insidious Assumption
The Thermodynamic Solution, Which Also Comes under Fire
Does the Brussels Approach Explain Quantum Mechanics?
The Other Arrows of Time Are Listed and Briefly Contemplated
A Practical Exercise: Does Chaos Exist?
Other Conceptions of Time Are Contrasted and Compared
In Which the Fifth Debates Are Summarized
Why Is There Left and Right? Chirality, Complexity and Emergent Properties
The Question
A Contemplation of the World's Handedness
How Did It Happen?
A Practical Exercise--Speculation Rampant
Chirality Paves the Way for Complexity and Emergent Properties
In Which the Sixth Debates Are Summarized
Is the Universe Weird? Quantum Mechanics
The Question
Fin de Siecle Puzzles
In Which the Quantum Nature of Light Is Revealed (Again)
In Which the First of the Paradoxes Are Interpreted
Heisenberg Uncertainty Principle
The Measurement Problem
Is Quantum Mechanics Nonlocal?
In Which the Meaning of Nonlocal Is Obscured
A Practical Exercise--The Fractured Debate
Universes Merge?
In Which the Seventh Debates Are Summarized
Is There an Answer? Theories of Everything
The Question
A Recontemplation on the Concept of Unification, and on Supersymmetry
The Difficulties of Quantum Gravity Are Pondered
A Meditation on String Theory, Its Success and Failures
A Practical Exercise: The Reader and the Authors Contemplate String Theory
The Discussion Widens into an Argument over the Point of Theories of Everything
The Existence of Other Theories of Everything Is Revealed
In Which the Eighth Debates Are Summarized
How Did We Get Here? Cosmology
General Relativity and the Standard Model
The Question
A Contemplation on the Meanings and Difficulties of Cosmology
Before the Big Bang Is Reached, an Argument Erupts over General Relativity. Is Space Curved? And Other Matters
Four Reasons to Believe the Big Bang
The Standard Model Is Not the Universe
A Perplexed Meditation on Two Celebrated Cosmological Conundrums
Inflation, Quantum Cosmology and Quantum Theology
In Which Inflation Is Described and Vigorously Debated
At Last the Epoch of Quantum Gravity Is Reached and the Universe Is Created from Nothing
A Practical Exercise: In Which the Authors Ponder the Nature of Time
Meditation on Cosmologist-Theologians
In Which the Ninth Debates Are Summarized
What Do You Mean? Metaphors, Analogies, Culture Wars
The Question
A Stroll Through the Marketplace
A Recent Controversy
Are Metaphors from Science Valuable?
The Use of Analogy Comes Under Inspection
Is Science Relative?
A Practical Exercise: Summarizing the Debates While Escping the Academy
Supplemental Debate
Can We Make Any Money Off This? Applied Quantum Mechanics
The Question
The Sphinx and the Cat
Quantum Computation and Related Mysteries
Commentaries on the Debates