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Farewell to reality

Author: J E Baggott
Publisher: London : Constable, 2013.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Modern physics is heady stuff. It seems that barely a week goes by without some new astounding science story; some revelation about hidden dimensions, multiple universes, the holographic principle or incredible cosmic coincidences. But is it true? What evidence do we have for super-symmetric squarks', or superstrings vibrating in an 11-dimensional space-time? How do we know that we live in a multiverse? How can we  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Popular works
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: J E Baggott
ISBN: 9781780334929 1780334923
OCLC Number: 826659550
Description: xiv, 338 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm
Contents: 1. The supreme task: reality, truth and the scientific method --
Part one: The authorized version (2. White ambassadors of morning: light, quantum theory and the nature of reality ; 3. The construction of mass: matter, force and the standard model of particle physics ; 4. Beautiful beyond comparison: space, time and the special and general theories of relativity ; 5. The (mostly) missing universe: the universe according to the standard model of Big Bang cosmology ; 6. What's wrong with this picture?: why the authorized version of reality can't be right) --
Part two: The grand delusion (7. Thy fearful symmetry: beyond the standard model: supersymmetry and grand unification ; 8. In the cemetery of disappointed hopes: superstrings, M-theory and the search for the theory of everything ; 9. Gardeners of the cosmic landscape: many worlds and the multiverse ; 10. Source code of the cosmos: quantum information, black holes and the holographic principle ; 11. Ego sum ergo est: I am therefore it is: the anthropic cosmological principle ; 12. Just six questions: defining the destination at the end of a hopeful journey).
Other Titles: Farewell to reality : how fairytale physics betrays the search for scientific truth
Responsibility: Jim Baggott.

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A controversial popular science title in which Jim Baggott asks whether all that we currently know about the universe is based upon science or fantasy.  Read more...

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