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Time Reborn: From the Crisis in Physics to the Future of the Universe

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In Time Reborn, Lee Smolin, one of our foremost physicists and thinkers offers a radical new view of the nature of time and the cosmos Nothing seems more real than time passing. We experience life itself as a succession of moments. Yet throughout history, the idea that time is an illusion has been a religious and philosophical commonplace. We identify certain truths as 'eternal' constants, from moral principles to the laws of mathematics and nature: these are laws that exist not inside time, but outside it. From Newton and Einstein to today's string theorists and quantum physicists, the widest consensus is that the universe is governed by absolute, timeless laws. In Time Reborn, Lee Smolin argues that this denial of time is holding back both physics, and our understanding of the universe. We need a major revolution in scientific thought: one that embraces the reality of time and places it at the centre of our thinking. E may equal mc squared now, but that wasn't always the case. Similarly, as our understanding of the universe develops, Newton's fundamental laws might not remain so fundamental. Time, Smolin concludes, is not an illusion: it is the best clue we have to fundamental reality. Time Reborn explains how the true nature of time impacts on us, our world, and our universe. 'The strongest dose of clarity in written form to have come along in decades. The implications go far beyond physics, to economics, politics, and personal philosophy. Time Reborn places reality above theory in stronger and clearer terms than ever before, and the result is a path to better theory and potentially to a better society as well. Will no doubt be remembered as one of the essential books of the 21st century' Jaron Lanier
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Specificații

ISBN-13: 9780141046525
ISBN-10: 014104652X
Pagini: 352
Ilustrații: Illustrations (black and white)
Dimensiuni: 129 x 198 x 20 mm
Greutate: 0.26 kg
Editura: Penguin Books
Colecția Penguin
Locul publicării: London, United Kingdom

Recenzii

One of the most original living theorists ... He challenges not only Einstein's relativity, but also the very notion of natural laws as immutable truths
Brilliant and persuasive
Provocative and stimulating ... Smolin reconceives the universe

Notă biografică

Lee Smolin is a founding faculty member of the Perimeter Institute for Theoretical Physics, an adjunct professor of physics at the University of Waterloo, and a member of the graduate faculty of the philosophy department at the University of Toronto. A Fellow of the American Physical Society and of the Royal Society of Canada, he received the 2009 Klopsteg Memorial Award from the American Association of Physics Teachers. He is also the bestselling author of The Trouble with Physics, The Life of the Cosmos, and Three Roads to Quantum Gravity. Sean Pratt (AEA/SAG/AFTRA) has been a working professional actor in the theater, film, TV, and voice-overs for twenty-five years. He has been an audiobook narrator for seventeen years, has recorded over 700 books in almost every genre, and has received eight AudioFile magazine Earphones Awards and four Audie Award nominations from the Audio Publishers Association. For the last ten years, Sean has been helping actors, both students and professionals, to understand the complexities of the BIZ as well as reinvigorate and refocus their careers through his easy-to-understand, dynamic concepts.