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New theories of everything : the quest for ultimate explanation

Author: John D Barrow
Publisher: Oxford ; New York : Oxford University Press, 2007.
Series: ISSR Library.
Edition/Format:   Print book : English : [2nd edition, New edition]View all editions and formats
"In New Theories of Everything, John D. Barrow examines the ideas and controversies surrounding the ultimate explanation, and what the necessary ingredients of the theory might be. Developing his earlier work Theories of Everything, he tells of the concepts and predictions emerging at the cutting edge of theoretical physics, from the search for a final string theory to the idea of a multiverse and dark energy, as we  Read more...

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Named Person: Physik
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: John D Barrow
ISBN: 9780192807212 0192807218 9780199548170 019954817X
OCLC Number: 122526938
Notes: Revised edition of: Theories of everything / John D. Barrow. 1991.
Description: xi, 260 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm.
Contents: 1. Ultimate explanation. An eightfold way ; Myths ; Creation myths ; Algorithmic compressibility --
2. Laws. The legacy of law ; The quest for unity ; Roger Boscovich ; Symmetries ; Infinities : to be or not to be? ; From Strings to 'M' ; A flight of rationalistic fancy ; Goodbye to all that --
3. Initial conditions. At the edge of things ; Axioms ; Mathematical Jujitsu ; Initial conditions and time symmetry ; Time without time ; Cosmological time ; The problem of time ; Absolute space and time ; How far is far enough? ; The quantum mystery of time ; Quantum initial conditions ; The great divide --
4. Forces and particles. The stuff of the Universe ; The copy-cat principle ; Elementarity ; The atom and the vortex ; A world beside itself --
5. Constants of nature. The importance of being constant ; Fundamentalism ; What do constants tell us? ; Varying constants ; The cosmological constant --
6. Broken symmetries. The never-ending story ; Broken symmetry ; Natural theology : a tale of two tales ; The flaws of nature ; Chaos ; Chance ; The unpredictability of sex ; Symmetry-breaking in the Universe --
7. Organizing principles. Where the wild things are ; Big AL ; Time ; Being and becoming organized ; The arrow of time ; Far from equilibrium ; The sands of time ; The way of the world --
8. Selection effects. Ubiquitous bias --
9. Is 'pi' really in the sky? In the centre of immensities ; The number of the rose ; Philosophies of mathematics ; What is mathematics? ; Mathematics and physics : an eternal golden braid ; The intelligibility of the world ; Algorithmic compressibility rides again ; Continuity : a bridge too far? ; The secret of the Universe ; Is the Universe a computer? ; The unknowable.
Series Title: ISSR Library.
Responsibility: John D. Barrow.
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Will we ever discover a single scientific theory that tells us everything that has happened, and everything that will happen, on every level in the Universe? This work explains the theories,  Read more...


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A fine... thoughtful book. John Gribbin, The Independent d A worthwhile update. Amanda Gefter, New Scientist A highly rewarding intellectual adventure. Jim Al-Khalili, BBC Focus

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