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A tear at the edge of creation : a radical new vision for life in an imperfect universe

Author: Marcelo Gleiser
Publisher: New York, NY : Free Press, 2010.
Edition/Format:   Print book : English : 1st Free Press hardcover edView all editions and formats
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A physics and philosophy professor challenges modern beliefs about the definable nature of the cosmos, arguing that all things exist because of random imperfections, primordial asymmetries and outright accidents, in a report that also cites the importance of caring for the planet.
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Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Marcelo Gleiser
ISBN: 9781439108321 1439108323
OCLC Number: 424555420
Description: xvii, 285 pages ; 23 cm
Contents: Oneness. Burst! ; Fear of darkness ; Transition ; Belief ; Oneness : beginnings ; The Pythagorean myth ; Living the Platonic dream ; God, the sun ; To hold the key to the cosmos in your mind- ; Kepler's mistake --
The asymmetry of time. The Big Bang confirmed ; The world in a grain of sand ; Light acts in mysterious ways ; The imperfection of electromagnetism ; The birth of atoms ; From creation myths to the quantum : a brief history ; Leap of faith ; The jitterbug cosmos ; The universe that we see ; The faltering Big Bang model ; Back to the beginning ; Exotic primordial matter ; A small patch of weirdness ; Darkness falls ; Darkness rules --
The asymmetry of matter. Symmetry and beauty ; A more intimate look at symmetry ; Energy flows, matter dances ; Violation of a beautiful symmetry ; The material world ; Science of the gaps ; Symmetries and asymmetries of matter ; The origin of matter in the universe ; A universe in transition ; Unification : a critique --
The asymmetry of life. Life! ; The spark of life ; Life from no life : first steps ; First life : the "when" question ; First life : the "where" question ; First life : the "how" question ; First life : the building blocks ; The man who killed the life force ; L'univers est dissymétrique! ; The chirality of life ; From so asymmetric a beginning- We are all mutants --
The asymmetry of existence. Fear of darkness II ; Is the universe conscious? ; Meaning and awe ; Beyond symmetry and unification ; Marilyn Monroe's mole and the fallacy of a cosmos "just right" for life ; Rare earth, rare life? ; Us and them ; Cosmic loneliness ; A new direction for humanity --
Garden of delights.
Responsibility: Marcelo Gleiser.
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A physics and philosophy professor challenges modern beliefs about the definable nature of the cosmos, arguing that all things exist because of random imperfections, primordial asymmetries and outright accidents, in a report that also cites the importance of caring for the planet.

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