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Impossibility : the limits of science and the science of limits

Author: John D Barrow
Publisher: Oxford ; New York : Oxford University Press, 1998.
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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.
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Barrow, John D., 1952-
Impossibility.
Oxford ; New York : Oxford University Press, 1998
(OCoLC)605452748
Online version:
Barrow, John D., 1952-
Impossibility.
Oxford ; New York : Oxford University Press, 1998
(OCoLC)630380447
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: John D Barrow
ISBN: 0198518900 9780198518907 0198503784 9780198503781 0195130820 9780195130829
OCLC Number: 37705261
Description: xiii, 279 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Contents: 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.
Responsibility: John D. Barrow.
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What can we never do? The end of each century leads to a stocktaking of human achievement and our expectations about the future. This book looks at what limits there might be to human discovery and  Read more...

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