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Barrow, John D. 1952-

Works: 214 works in 818 publications in 5 languages and 31,373 library holdings
Genres: Popular works  Humor  History  Miscellanea  Pictorial works 
Roles: Editor, Author of introduction
Classifications: Q175, 501
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Most widely held works by John D Barrow
Impossibility the limits of science and the science of limits by John D Barrow ( )
24 editions published between 1998 and 2005 in English and held by 2,780 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Explores the frontiers of knowledge, discussing the restrictions that may be imposed upon a full understanding of the physical universe by the limits of technology, computers, cost, and complexity; and considering how the mind's awareness of the impossible influences perceptions of reality
Pi in the sky : counting, thinking, and being by John D Barrow ( Book )
25 editions published between 1992 and 1994 in 3 languages and held by 2,033 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Whether one studies the farthest reaches of outer space or the inner space of elementary particles of matter, our understanding of the physical world is built upon that strange symbolic language we call mathematics. But what exactly is mathematics? And why does it work? Is it just an elaborate computer game? Or merely a human invention inspired by our practical needs? Or is it something larger than life? An immaterial 'pi in the sky' reality all of its own? Part of the mind of God? And how do the answers to these questions affect our quest to arrive at an understanding of the Universe? John D. Barrow explores these tantalizing questions in this book, a lively and illuminating study of the origins, the meaning, and the mystery of mathematics. He takes us from primitive counting to computability, from the counting rituals of the ancients to logics that govern universes other than our own, from Egyptian hieroglyphics to logical friction, from number mysticism to Marxist mathematics. We learn of the origins of counting the world over, the propensities of the human mind for the numerical when in pursuit of the ineffable, and how the dethronement of Euclid's geometry ushered in a new world of philosophical relativism in which traditional truths were dissolved. We meet a host of peculiar individuals who have thought some of the deepest and strangest thoughts that human minds have ever thought. And in a extraordinary final chapter, the Platonic picture of mathematics is developed in a startling new way that challenges us to consider how the mathematics of the future may turn out to be radically different from that of the present, and how it impinges upon our efforts to create an artificial intelligence. Full of the off-beat and the unexpected and quoting everyone from Lao-Tse to Robert Pirsig, to Charles Darwin and Stephen Leacock, Kurt Godel and Umberto Eco, Pi in the Sky is a profound - and profoundly different - exploration of the world of mathematics: where it comes from, what it is, and where it's going to take us if we follow it to the limit in our search for the ultimate meaning of the Universe
The anthropic cosmological principle by John D Barrow ( Book )
41 editions published between 1985 and 2007 in 3 languages and held by 1,884 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
The left hand of creation : the origin and evolution of the expanding universe by John D Barrow ( Book )
34 editions published between 1983 and 1998 in English and Spanish and held by 1,824 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Between inner space and outer space essays on science, art, and philosophy by John D Barrow ( )
10 editions published between 1999 and 2000 in English and German and held by 1,739 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
New theories of everything : the quest for ultimate explanation by John D Barrow ( Book )
22 editions published between 2007 and 2008 in English and held by 1,716 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
"In New Theories of Everything, John D. Barrow examines the ideas and controversies surrounding the ultimate explanation, and what the necessary ingredients of the theory might be. Developing his earlier work Theories of Everything, he tells of the concepts and predictions emerging at the cutting edge of theoretical physics, from the search for a final string theory to the idea of a multiverse and dark energy, as we strive to understand the development of complexity in the universe." "But this is not solely a book about modern ideas in physics, for Barrow also considers and reflects on the philosophical and cultural consequences of a Theory of Everything, its implications for our own existence in the world, and its limits too - for it cannot encompass what lies beyond the mathematical laws, a world not only of physical constants, but of emotions and judgements, of music and art. Yet, Barrow argues, we should not give up in bewilderment: he shows how many insights and questions arise from the pursuit of a Theory of Everything, and what these may mean for our understanding of the cosmos and our own place in it."--BOOK JACKET
The origin of the universe by John D Barrow ( Book )
19 editions published between 1994 and 2014 in English and German and held by 1,655 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
"Barrow is equally at home telling us what physics has to say about "creation out of nothing" as he is explaining why our own existence is entwined with the origin and structure of the universe in unsuspected ways - ways that must be incorporated into any complete description of the universe's beginning, its history, and its future."--Jacket
Theories of everything : the quest for ultimate explanation by John D Barrow ( Book )
34 editions published between 1990 and 2005 in English and held by 1,592 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Lays out and examines the ingredients that are required to claim a full understanding of the observable universe. Also explains how developments in modern physics are changing these criteria, and asks whether a total understanding of the physical universe is a theoretical possibility
The world within the world by John D Barrow ( Book )
37 editions published between 1988 and 1996 in 4 languages and held by 1,585 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Allgemeinverständliche Einführung in theoretische und philosophische Hintergründe der Naturwissenschaften und ihrer Methoden
The artful universe by John D Barrow ( Book )
25 editions published between 1995 and 1997 in English and Undetermined and held by 1,542 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
In the Art Universe, Barrow explores the close ties between our aesthetic appreciation and the basic nature of the Universe, challenging the commonly held view that our sense of beauty is entirely free and unfettered. Barrow argues that the laws of the Universe, its environments and its astronomical appearance, have imprinted themselves upon our thoughts and actions in subtle and unexpected ways. Why do we like certain types of art or music? What games and puzzles do we find challenging? Why do so many myths and legends have common elements? Who created the cornucopia of constellations in the night sky? And why? In this eclectic and entertaining survey, Barrow answers these questions and more as he explains how the landscape of the Universe has influenced the development of philosophy and mythology, and how millions of years of evolutionary history have fashioned our attraction to certain patterns of sound and color. Barrow casts the story of human creativity and thought in a fascinating light, considering such diverse topics as our instinct for language, the origins and uses of color in Nature, why we divide time into intervals as we do, the sources of our appreciation of landscape painting, and whether computer-generated fractal art is really art. Barrow reconsiders the question of whether intelligent extraterrestrial life exists, showing that the benefits (and even the likelihood) that might follow from the discovery of life on other worlds could be very different from what we might have been led to expect. Remarkably, we find that some of the properties of the Universe that are essential for the existence of any form of life play a key role in determining psychological and religious responses to the Cosmos
The infinite book : a short guide to the boundless, timeless, and endless by John D Barrow ( Book )
23 editions published between 2004 and 2013 in English and German and held by 1,314 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Explores the concept of infinity, tracing the history and meaning of infinity from ancient times to the present day, and examining the diverse permutations of the infinite and their influence on the human sense of the world around
The book of universes : exploring the limits of the cosmos by John D Barrow ( Book )
4 editions published between 2011 and 2012 in English and held by 1,162 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Einstein's theory of general relativity opens the door for the study of other possible universes- and weird universes at that. Not many solutions to Einstein's tantalizing equations have ever been found, but those we know about are all remarkable: universes that expand or contract, universes where time travel is possible, universes that spin and bounce, magnetic universes, chaotic universes, and accelerating universes. Despite their odd features, all these universes could exist without breaking the laws of physics. This book gives us a stunning tour of these potential universes, introducing us along the way to the brilliant physicists and mathematicians who first imagined- and, through tricky manipulations of Einstein's theory- demonstrated the possibility of such startlingly diverse universes. The book also explains the latest discoveries and ideas about our own universe, showing how they lead to the concepts of the inflationary universe and the "multiverse"- the universe of all possible universes- along with the possibility that there are other dimensions of space and time. These ideas force us to confront the possibility that our visible universe is a tiny region, governed by its own laws, within a multiverse containing all the strange universes that could be- an idea that is among the most exciting and revolutionary in all of modern science. -- from Book Jacket
The constants of nature : from Alpha to Omega--the numbers that encode the deepest secrets of the universe by John D Barrow ( Book )
5 editions published between 2002 and 2009 in English and held by 1,085 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
A physicist describes what the constants of nature reveal about the inner workings of the world and explains how, despite our expertise at measuring the values of such numbers, we cannot explain nor predict them
The book of nothing : vacuums, voids, and the latest ideas about the origins of the universe by John D Barrow ( Book )
18 editions published between 2000 and 2013 in English and held by 1,064 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
John Barrow examines and explains every aspect of nothingness. From the zeros of mathematicians to the void of philosophers, from Shakespeare to the null set, from the ether to the quantum vacuum, this book illustrates the fact that nothing is real. Barrow begins with the origins of zero in ancient India, its rocky reception in Europe, and the early abhorrence and eventual acceptance of the concept of the void by Christianity. He traces the notion through the work of writers and thinkers from the ancient Greeks to our own time. He looks at mathematics, cosmology, theology, and physics to uncover the nothing that is at the heart of most things. Finally, he discusses recent concepts of nothing, which are having profound effects on our search for the origins and overall structure of the universe
The artful universe expanded by John D Barrow ( )
23 editions published between 2005 and 2011 in English and Undetermined and held by 1,063 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
"In this wide-ranging exploration, John D. Barrow shows how our size, our form, and our aesthetic sensibilities are all moulded by the physical nature of the universe we inhabit. He explores the underlying mathematical relationships and patterns behind some of our art and music and their connections with natural forms, and draws out the ways in which the rhythms of our world - of day and night, and the yearly cycle of seasons - have impinged on the human psyche throughout history." "Originally published in 1995, this new edition has been updated and enlarged. From fundamental forces, multiverses, and evolution of complexity, to the patterns in the night sky, the beauty of vases, the music of Bach, Masaccio's use of perspective, and the fractal nature of Jackson Pollock's art, this book unveils a varied series of surprises that reveal how our existence and culture are framed and guided by the fundamental physical and mathematical structure of our artful universe."--Jacket
100 essential things you didn't know you didn't know : math explains your world by John D Barrow ( Book )
11 editions published between 2008 and 2012 in English and held by 1,010 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Mathematics can reveal and illuminate things about the complex world we live in that can't be found any other way. In this informative and entertaining book, John D. Barrow takes the most perplexing of everyday phenomena--from the odds of winning the lottery and the method of determining batting averages to the shapes of roller coasters and the reasoning behind the fairest possible divorce settlements--and explains why things work the way they do. With elementary math and accompanying illustrations, he sheds light on the mysterious corners of the world we encounter every day. Have you ever considered why you always seem to get stuck in the longest line? Why two's company but three's a crowd? Or why there are six degrees of separation instead of seven? This clever little book has all the answers to these puzzling, everyday questions of existence that need not perplex us any more.--From publisher description
Cosmic imagery : key images in the history of science by John D Barrow ( Book )
10 editions published in 2008 in English and held by 964 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
"We live in a visual age - an age of images: iconic, instant and influential. In this remarkable book John D. Barrow traces their history in order to tell the story of modern science."--Jacket
Mathletics : a scientist explains 100 amazing things about the world of sports by John D Barrow ( Book )
1 edition published in 2012 in English and held by 614 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
A math professor shows how math and physics can offer unexpected insights into the world of sports, from the g-forces experienced by gymnasts during the "giant swing" maneuver to an explanation as to why left-handed boxers have a strategic advantage
The constants of nature : from Alpha to Omega by John D Barrow ( Book )
17 editions published between 2002 and 2005 in English and French and held by 425 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
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Science and ultimate reality : quantum theory, cosmology, and complexity by John D Barrow ( Book )
21 editions published between 2003 and 2005 in English and held by 420 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
This snapshot of the future of physics comprises contributions from recognized authorities inspired by the pioneering work of John Wheeler. Quantum theory represents a unifying theme within the book, as it relates to the topics of the nature of physical reality, cosmic inflation, the arrow of time, models of the universe, superstrings, quantum gravity and cosmology. Attempts to formulate a final unification of physics are also considered, along with the existence of hidden dimensions of space, hidden cosmic matter, and the strange world of quantum technology
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