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The road to reality : a complete guide to the laws of the universe

Author: Roger Penrose
Publisher: London : Vintage, 2005.
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"What Roger Penrose accomplishes in this book is threefold. First, he gives us an overall narrative description of our present understanding of the universe and its physical behaviors - from the unseeable, minuscule movement of the subatomic particle to the journeys of the planets and the stars in the vastness of time and space." "Second, he evokes the extraordinary beauty that lies in the mysterious and profound
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Roger Penrose
ISBN: 0099440687 9780099440680
OCLC Number: 224861352
Notes: Originally published: London : Jonathan Cape, 2004.
Description: xxviii, 1099 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Contents: The roots of science --
An ancient theorem and a modern question --
Kinds of number in the physical world --
Magical complex numbers --
Geometry of logarithms, powers, and roots --
Real-number calculus --
Complex-number calculus --
Riemann surfaces and complex mappings --
Fourier decomposition and hyperfunctions --
Surfaces --
Hypercomplex numbers --
Manifolds of n dimensions --
Symmetry groups --
Calculus on manifolds --
Fibre bundles and gauge connections --
The ladder of infinity --
Spacetime --
Minkowskian geometry --
The classical fields of Maxwell and Einstein --
Lagrangians and Hamiltonians --
The quantum particle --
Quamtum algebra, geometry, and spin --
The entangled quantum world --
Dirac's electron and antiparticles --
The standard model of particle physics --
Quantum field theory --
The big bang and its thermodynamic legacy --
Speculative theories of the early universe --
The measurement paradox --
Gravity's role in quantum state reduction --
Supersymmetry, supra-dimensionality, and strings --
Einstein's narrower path; loop variables --
More radical perspectives; twistor theory --
Where lies the road to reality?
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