Every scientific fact was born as an opinion about the unknown - a hypothesis. Opinion gradually becomes fact as evidence piles up to support a theory. But what if there are two theories, each of which has produced a myriad of things that correspond perfectly to the phenomena but can't be combined into one? One theory replaced the mystery of gravity with a precise model of space and time. The other theory replaced the mystery of matter with a description of quantum particles.
As we understand our universe, we keep each in its own domain: space and time for very large things, particles for the very small ones. However, 13.8 billion years ago, those two incompatible domains belonged to a single realm. Who in the current or future generations of physicists will crack this seemingly impossible puzzle? This, contends the author, is not just a big question, but the biggest question in physics in our century.
Combining Ickes's first-hand knowledge with a robust argument and intellectual playfulness, this fascinating book succeeds in making a notoriously difficult subject accessible to all readers interested in a better grasp of our universe.
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|Publisher:||Amsterdam University Press|
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About the Author
Vincent Icke is professor of theoretical astrophysics at Leiden University, Netherlands; professor of cosmology at the University of Amsterdam; and a visual artist and writer.
Table of Contents
The Process of Measurement 4
The Process of Progress 8
Laws Ain't 11
Huygens's Relativity 20
Absoluteness Theory 31
Gravity Does Not Exist 35
Feynman's Web 47
A Twist to the Tale 52
Question for the 21st Century 59
Small Steps, Ellie 68