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Can we travel through time? : the 20 big questions in physics

Author: Michael Brooks
Publisher: London : Quercus, 2012. ©2010
Edition/Format:   Print book : English : Paperback editionView all editions and formats
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Answers to the 20 biggest questions about quantum physics, relativity and our attempts to grasp the true nature of reality.

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Genre/Form: Popular works
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Michael Brooks
ISBN: 9781780875897 1780875894
OCLC Number: 801605766
Notes: Includes index.
Description: 298 pages : illustrations ; 20 cm
Contents: What is the point of physics? Impossible questions, unexpected rewards, and the never ending quest for understanding --
What is time? Progress, disorder and [Albert] Einstein's elastic clocks --
What happened to [Erwin] Schrödinger's cat? Quantum physics and the nature of reality --
Why does an apple fall? Gravity, mass and the enigma of relativity --
Are solids really solid? Atoms, quarks and solids that slip through your fingers --
Why is there no such thing as a free lunch? Energy, entropy and the search for perpetual motion --
Is everything ultimately random? Uncertainty, quantum reality and the probable role of statistics --
What is the God particle? The [Peter] Higgs boson, the LHC [Large Hadron Collider] and the search for the meaning of mass --
Am I unique? The limits of our Universe and the search for parallel worlds --
Can we travel through time? Where relativity meets science fiction. Is Earth's magnetic shield failing? Drifting poles, the planet's churning core and the threat to life on Earth --
Why does E = mc² ? The equation that underpins the Universe --
Can I change the Universe with a single glance? Spooky quantum links and the chance to rewrite history --
Does chaos theory spell disaster? The butterfly effect's influence on weather, climate and the motions of the planets --
What is light? A strange kind of wave, and an even stranger kind of particle --
Is string theory really about strings? The vibrations that create our Universe --
Why is there something rather than nothing? The Big Bang, antimatter and the mystery of our existence --
Do we live in a simulation? Human nature, the laws of physics, and the march of technological progress --
Which is Nature's strongest force? The ties that bind the Universe, and their origin in the superforce --
What is the true nature of reality? Beyond the quantum world lies the realm of information.
Responsibility: by Michael Brooks.

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'clearly and concisely encapsulates some of the more interesting conundrums that those not in the know might want to ask those who ought to know ' How It Works Works magazine. * How It Works Works Read more...

 
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