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Every Technology we rely on today was created by the human mind, seeking to understand the universe around us. Scientific knowledge is our most precious possession, and our future will be shaped by the breakthroughs to come.

In this personal, visionary, and fascinating work, Neil Turok, one of the world's leading theoretical physicists, explores the transformative scientific discoveries of the past three centuries - from classical mechanics, to the nature of light, to the ...

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Overview

Every Technology we rely on today was created by the human mind, seeking to understand the universe around us. Scientific knowledge is our most precious possession, and our future will be shaped by the breakthroughs to come.

In this personal, visionary, and fascinating work, Neil Turok, one of the world's leading theoretical physicists, explores the transformative scientific discoveries of the past three centuries - from classical mechanics, to the nature of light, to the bizarre world of the quantum, and the evolution of the cosmos. Each new discovery has, over time, yielded new technologies causing paradigm shifts in the organization of society. Now, he argues, we are on the cusp of another major transformation: the coming quantum revolution that will supplant our current, dissatisfying digital age. Facing this brave new world, Turok calls for creatively re-inventing the way advanced knowledge is developed and shared, and opening access to the vast, untapped pools of intellectual talent in the developing world. Scientific research, training, and outreach are vital to our future economy, as well as powerful forces for peaceful global progress.

Elegantly written, deeply provocative, and highly inspirational, The Universe Within is, above all, about the future - of science, of society, of ourselves.

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An Amazon.ca Best Book of the Year, 2012

"Neil Turok’s The Universe Within provides an elegant, informative, and sometimes moving account, free of technicalities, of those powerful scientific, philosophical, and humanitarian influences underlying the personal drives of this highly distinguished mathematical physicist. I strongly recommend it." — Sir Roger Penrose, author of Cycles of Time

"The Universe Within takes the reader on a wondrous journey across space and time. Through an artful melding of science and personal narrative, Neil Turok -- one of the world's leading theoretical physicists -- conveys not only the excitement of forefront research, but the gripping human drama of exploring ourselves and the cosmos." — Brian Greene, author of The Elegant Universe

"Turok does an excellent job making accessible some of the most difficult concepts in physics, writing about science with a clarity that rivals Brian Greene and James Gleick ... by turns entertaining and instructive, The Universe Within above all offers hope."—Quill and Quire, starred review

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781770890176
  • Publisher: House of Anansi Press
  • Publication date: 10/2/2012
  • Series: CBC Massey Lecture
  • Pages: 256
  • Sales rank: 674,196
  • Product dimensions: 7.80 (w) x 5.00 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Table of Contents

Author's Note ix

Chapter 1 Magic That Works 1

Chapter 2 Our Imaginary Reality 51

Chapter 3 What Banged? 96

Chapter 4 The World in an Equation 156

Chapter 5 The Opportunity of All Time 202

Notes 259

Further Reading 271

Permissions 273

Acknowledgements 275

Index 277

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