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

Author: Roger Penrose
Publisher: New York : A.A. Knopf, 2005.
Edition/Format:   Book : English : 1st American edView all editions and formats
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This guide to the universe aims to provide a comprehensive account of our present understanding of the physical universe, and the essentials of its underlying mathematical theory. It attempts to convey an overall understanding--a feeling for the deep beauty and philosophical connotations of the subject, as well as of its intricate logical interconnections. While a work of this nature is challenging, no particular  Read more...
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Additional Physical Format: Online version:
Penrose, Roger.
Road to reality.
New York : A.A. Knopf, 2005
(OCoLC)682395292
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Roger Penrose
ISBN: 0679454438 9780679454434
OCLC Number: 56753301
Notes: Originally published: London : Jonathan Cape, 2004.
Description: xxviii, 1099 p. : ill. ; 25 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 --
Quantum 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?
Responsibility: Roger Penrose.
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This guide to the universe aims to provide a comprehensive account of our present understanding of the physical universe, and the essentials of its underlying mathematical theory. It attempts to convey an overall understanding--a feeling for the deep beauty and philosophical connotations of the subject, as well as of its intricate logical interconnections. While a work of this nature is challenging, no particular mathematical knowledge is assumed, the early chapters providing the essential background for the physical theories described in the remainder of the book. There is also enough descriptive material to carry the less mathematically inclined reader through, as well as some 450-500 figures. The book counters the common complaint that cutting-edge science is fundamentally inaccessible.

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Flavor of complete reality

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 I enjoyed The Road to Reality, the parts I could follow, which was a good deal of it...
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I enjoyed The Road to Reality, the parts I could follow, which was a good deal of it (okay, perhaps half).  I particularly valued the math emphasis and the criticisms of quantum and cosmological theories.  However, there was too much that was not clear to me (in some cases, believe or not, insuffient...
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