Fashion, Faith, and Fantasy in the New Physics of the Universe

Fashion, Faith, and Fantasy in the New Physics of the Universe


  • Author: Roger Penrose
  • Release Date : 2016-09-13
  • Genre: Science & Nature
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One of the world's leading physicists questions some of the most fashionable ideas in physics today, including string theoryWhat can fashionable ideas, blind faith, or pure fantasy possibly have to do with the scientific quest to understand the universe? Surely, theoretical physicists are immune to mere trends, dogmatic beliefs, or flights of fancy? In fact, acclaimed physicist and bestselling author Roger Penrose argues that researchers working at the extreme frontiers of physics are just as susceptible to these forces as anyone else. In this provocative book, he argues that fashion, faith, and fantasy, while sometimes productive and even essential in physics, may be leading today's researchers astray in three of the field's most important areas—s...

Fashion  Faith  and Fantasy in the New Physics of the Universe
Score: 3
From 2 Ratings

Fashion Faith and Fantasy in the New Physics of the Universe


  • Author : Roger Penrose
  • Publisher : Princeton University Press
  • Release Date : 2017-09-05
  • Genre: Science
  • Pages :
  • ISBN 10 : 9780691178530


Fashion Faith and Fantasy in the New Physics of the Universe Book Description :

One of the world's leading physicists questions some of the most fashionable ideas in physics today, including string theory What can fashionable ideas, blind faith, or pure fantasy possibly have to do with the scientific quest to understand the universe? Surely, theoretical physicists are immune to mere trends, dogmatic beliefs, or flights of fancy? In fact, acclaimed physicist and bestselling author Roger Penrose argues that researchers working at the extreme frontiers of physics are just as susceptible to these forces as anyone else. In this provocative book, he argues that fashion, faith, and fantasy, while sometimes productive and even essential in physics, may be leading today's researchers astray in three of the field's most important areas—...

Fashion  Faith  and Fantasy in the New Physics of the Universe
Score: 3
From 2 Ratings

Fashion Faith and Fantasy in the New Physics of the Universe


  • Author : Roger Penrose
  • Publisher : Princeton University Press
  • Release Date : 2016-09-13
  • Genre: Science
  • Pages :
  • ISBN 10 : 9781400880287


Fashion Faith and Fantasy in the New Physics of the Universe Book Description :

One of the world's leading physicists questions some of the most fashionable ideas in physics today, including string theory What can fashionable ideas, blind faith, or pure fantasy possibly have to do with the scientific quest to understand the universe? Surely, theoretical physicists are immune to mere trends, dogmatic beliefs, or flights of fancy? In fact, acclaimed physicist and bestselling author Roger Penrose argues that researchers working at the extreme frontiers of physics are just as susceptible to these forces as anyone else. In this provocative book, he argues that fashion, faith, and fantasy, while sometimes productive and even essential in physics, may be leading today's researchers astray in three of the field's most important areas—...

Cycles of Time
Score: 3
From 5 Ratings

Cycles of Time


  • Author : Roger Penrose
  • Publisher : Random House
  • Release Date : 2013-03-31
  • Genre: Science
  • Pages :
  • ISBN 10 : 9781446402214


Cycles of Time Book Description :

What came before the Big Bang? How did the universe begin and must it inevitably end? In this remarkable book Roger Penrose brilliantly illuminates some of the deepest mysteries of the universe. Cycles of Time contains a penetrating analysis of the second law of thermodynamics - according to which the 'randomness' of our world is continually increasing - and a thorough examination of the light-cone geometry of space-time. It combines these two central themes to show how the expected ultimate fate of our accelerating, expanding universe can actually be reinterpreted as the 'big bang' of a new one. Presenting various standard and non-standard cosmological models, discussing black holes in depth as well as taking in the role of the cosmic microwave back...

Power  Faith  and Fantasy  America in the Middle East  1776 to the Present
Score: 4
From 9 Ratings

Power Faith and Fantasy America in the Middle East 1776 to the Present


  • Author : Michael B. Oren
  • Publisher : W. W. Norton & Company
  • Release Date : 2008-02-17
  • Genre: History
  • Pages :
  • ISBN 10 : 9780393341522


Power Faith and Fantasy America in the Middle East 1776 to the Present Book Description :

“Will shape our thinking about America and the Middle East for years.”—Christopher Dickey, Newsweek Power, Faith, and Fantasytells the remarkable story of America's 230-year relationship with the Middle East. Drawing on a vast range of government documents, personal correspondence, and the memoirs of merchants, missionaries, and travelers, Michael B. Oren narrates the unknown story of how the United States has interacted with this vibrant and turbulent region....

Not Even Wrong
Score: 3.5
From 9 Ratings

Not Even Wrong


  • Author : Peter Woit
  • Publisher : Random House
  • Release Date : 2011-08-31
  • Genre: Science
  • Pages :
  • ISBN 10 : 9781446443019


Not Even Wrong Book Description :

Not Even Wrong is a fascinating exploration of our attempts to come to grips with perhaps the most intellectually demanding puzzle of all: how does the universe work at its most fundamnetal level? The book begins with an historical survey of the experimental and theoretical developments that led to the creation of the phenomenally successful 'Standard Model' of particle physics around 1975. Despite its successes, the Standard Model does not answer all the key questions and physicists continuing search for answers led to the development of superstring theory. However, after twenty years, superstring theory has failed to advance beyond the Standard Model. The absence of experimental evidence is at the core of this controversial situation which means th...

Consciousness and the Universe

Consciousness and the Universe


  • Author : Rouse Ball Professor of Mathematics Roger Penrose
  • Publisher : Cosmology Science Publishers
  • Release Date : 2015-11-20
  • Genre:
  • Pages :
  • ISBN 10 : 1938024435


Consciousness and the Universe Book Description :

Is consciousness an epiphenomenal happenstance of this particular universe? Or does the very concept of a universe depend upon its presence? Does consciousness merely perceive reality, or does reality depend upon it? Did consciousness simply emerge as an effect of evolution? Or was it, in some sense, always "out there" in the world? These questions and more, are addressed in this special edition. FEATURING Cosmological Foundations of Consciousness Origins of Thought Evolution of Consciousness Neuroscience of Free Will Quantum Physics & Consciousness Out-of-Body and Near Death Experiences Dreams & Hallucinations Paleolithic Cosmology & Spirituality Self-Consciousness in Apes, Dolphins, Cephalopods, Machines Consciousness in Extra-Terrestrials Sexual C...

eGods

eGods


  • Author : William Sims Bainbridge
  • Publisher : Oxford University Press
  • Release Date : 2013-04-01
  • Genre: Social Science
  • Pages :
  • ISBN 10 : 9780199323715


eGods Book Description :

What is the relationship between religion and multi-player online roleplaying games? Are such games simply a secular distraction from traditional religious practices, or do they in fact offer a different route to the sacred? In eGods, a leading scholar in the study of virtual gameworlds takes an in-depth look at the fantasy religions of 41 games and arrives at some surprising conclusions. William Sims Bainbridge investigates all aspects of the gameworlds' religious dimensions: the focus on sacred spaces; the prevalence of magic; the fostering of a tribal morality by both religion and rules programmed into the game; the rise of cults and belief systems within the gameworlds (and how this relates to cults in the real world); the predominance of polythe...

Beyond Measure

Beyond Measure


  • Author : J. E. Baggott
  • Publisher : Oxford University Press on Demand
  • Release Date : 2004
  • Genre: Science
  • Pages :
  • ISBN 10 : 0198525362


Beyond Measure Book Description :

Quantum theory is one the most important and successful theories of modern physical science. It has been estimated that its principles form the basis for about 30 per cent of the world's manufacturing economy. This is all the more remarkable because quantum theory is a theory that nobody understands. The meaning of Quantum Theory introduces science students to the theory's fundamental conceptual and philosophical problems, and the basis of its non-understandability. It does this with the barest minimum of jargon and very little mathematics in the main text. Readers wishing to delve more deeply into the theory's mathematical subtleties can do so in an extended series of appendices. The book brings the reader up to date with the results of new experime...

White Mars  or  The Mind Set Free
Score: 3
From 1 Ratings

White Mars or The Mind Set Free


  • Author : Brian W. Aldiss
  • Publisher : Open Road Media
  • Release Date : 2015-05-19
  • Genre: Fiction
  • Pages :
  • ISBN 10 : 9781504010283


White Mars or The Mind Set Free Book Description :

A breathtaking vision of a utopian future on Mars by one of science fiction’s most renowned authors In the middle decades of the twenty-first century, the corporate powers on Earth have established a thriving colony on Mars as an alternative to life on the overpopulated, war-torn, ecologically ravaged home planet. But when the economy of EUPACUS—Earth’s collective industrialized nations—collapses, all contact between the two worlds abruptly ceases, and the Martian pioneers are left to fend for themselves. Led by Tom Jeffries, a philosopher and a visionary, the colonists now face a twofold challenge: No longer supported and subsidized by Earthbound interests, they must somehow form a working planetary alliance to create a new society based fir...