The Life of the Cosmos

The Life of the Cosmos

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by Lee Smolin
     
 

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ISBN-10: 0195126645

ISBN-13: 9780195126648

Pub. Date: 03/28/1999

Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA

A leading cosmologist at work today offers a new theory of the universe that is at once elegant and comprehensive. 4 linecuts.

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A leading cosmologist at work today offers a new theory of the universe that is at once elegant and comprehensive. 4 linecuts.

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ISBN-13:
9780195126648
Publisher:
Oxford University Press, USA
Publication date:
03/28/1999
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
368
Sales rank:
630,128
Product dimensions:
9.10(w) x 6.00(h) x 1.10(d)

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Table of Contents

Prologue/Revolutions 1(10)
Introduction 11(12)
PART 1 The Crisis in Fundamental Physics 23(52)
1. Light and Life
23(7)
2. The Logic of Atomism
30(6)
3. The Miracle of the Stars
36(11)
4. The Dream of Unification
47(11)
5. The Lessons of String Theory
58(17)
PART 2 An Ecology of Space and Time 75(66)
6. Are the Laws of Physics Universal?
75(15)
7. Did the Universe Evolve?
90(17)
8. Detective Work
107(9)
9. The Ecology of the Galaxy
116(13)
10. Games and Galaxies
129(12)
PART 3 The Organization of the Cosmos 141(72)
11. What is Life?
141(20)
12. The Cosmology of an Interesting Universe
161(16)
13. The Flower and the Dodecahedron
177(15)
14. Philosophy, Religion, and Cosmology
192(10)
15. Beyond the Anthropic Principle
202(11)
PART 4 Einstein's Legacy 213(44)
16. Space and Time in the New Cosmology
213(9)
17. The Road from Newton to Einstein
222(11)
18. The Meaning of Einstein's Theory of Relativity
233(7)
19. The Meaning of the Quantum
240(17)
PART 5 Einstein's Revenge 257(37)
20. Cosmology and the Quantum
257(10)
21. A Pluralistic Universe
267(9)
22. The World as a Network of Relations
276(9)
23. The Evolution of Time
285(9)
Epilogue/Evolutions 294(7)
Appendix: Testing Cosmological Natural Selection 301(23)
Notes and Acknowledgments 324(13)
Selected Bibliography 337(5)
Glossary 342(5)
Index 347

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The Life of the Cosmos 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
PerryStroika More than 1 year ago
I don't think you could find a better explication of the issues that confront 21st century physics, the unification of quantum physics and relativity, the fine tuning problem,  and scores of other issues.  The book is crisp, unpretentious, and  finely written.  Smolin is an excellent teacher, and has an unusually broad range of reference among physicists; he refers to literature, philosophy and biology frequently for inspiration.   I can't imagine a book that covers this sort of stuff any better than this.
Guest More than 1 year ago
An additional comment: Chapters 8 an 9 describe how stars are made in the cosmos and may well be the most exciting chapters in all literature dealing with the cosmos, entropy and mega-physical processes
Guest More than 1 year ago
Smolin introduces a whole new set of ways to examine and study the Cosmos. He lifts the reader from the standard texts and descriptions to a new level of thought and insights into the interrealtionship that may have evolved over the life of the Universe. (Yes, evolved)
Anonymous More than 1 year ago