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The singular universe and the reality of time : a proposal in natural philosophy

Author: Roberto Mangabeira Unger; Lee Smolin
Publisher: Cambridge, United Kingdom : Cambridge University Press, 2015.
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Cosmology is in crisis. The more we discover, the more puzzling the universe appears to be. How and why are the laws of nature what they are? A philosopher and a physicist, world-renowned for their radical ideas in their fields, argue for a revolution. To keep cosmology scientific, we must replace the old view in which the universe is governed by immutable laws by a new one in which laws evolve. Then we can hope to  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Electronic books
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Unger, Roberto Mangabeira.
Singular universe and the reality of time.
Cambridge, United Kingdom : Cambridge University Press, 2015
(DLC) 2014016833
(OCoLC)899329687
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Roberto Mangabeira Unger; Lee Smolin
ISBN: 9781107074064 1107074061
OCLC Number: 903395704
Awards: Winner of PROSE Award for Cosmology and Astronomy 2016
Description: 1 online resource (1 volume)
Contents: The nature and scope of this work --
Part I. Roberto Mangabeira Unger. The science of the one universe in time --
The context and consequences of the argument --
The singular existence of the universe --
The inclusive reality of time --
The mutability of the laws of nature --
The selective realism of mathematics --
Part II. Lee Smolin. Cosmology in crisis --
Principles for a cosmological theory --
The setting : the puzzles of contemporary cosmology --
Hypotheses for a new cosmology --
Mathematics --
Approaches to solving the metalaw dilemma --
Implications of temporal naturalism for philosophy of mind --
An agenda for science --
Concluding remarks --
A note concerning disagreements between our views.
Responsibility: Roberto Mangabeira Unger, Lee Smolin.

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