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Theories of Everything By John D. Barrow

Theories of Everything

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Lays out and examines the ingredients that are required to claim a full understanding of the observable universe. Also explains how developments in modern physics are changing these criteria, and asks whether a total understanding of the physical universe is a theoretical possibility.
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Theories of Everything: The Quest for Ultimate Explanation by John D. Barrow

The ultimate questions of how, when, and why the Universe came into being have fascinated thinkers for centuries. What have traditionally been philosophical and theological problems are now bing addressed by the mathematical speculations of a new generation of scientists, who have begun to take seriously the idea that there is an ultimate theory of the physical world which it is within our power to discover. If such a theory were discovered it would reveal the complete form of the most basic Laws of Nature, from which all others follow as particular simple cases. This book lays out and examines the different ingredients that are required to claim a full understanding of the physical universe that we observe, and shows how their status is being dramatically changed in modern physics and what aspects of them can or cannot be explained by a "Theory of Everything". Modern physicists believe they have stumbled upon a key which unlocks the mathematical secret at the heart of the Universe: a discovery that points towards a "Theory of Everything" - a single all-embracing pricture of the Laws of Nature from which the inevitability of all things seen must follow with unimpeachable logic. Is this confidence well-founded? Will our scientific theories one day tell us everything that was, is, and is to come about the Universe? These modern "Theories of Everything" claim they will tell us everything about the Universe in which we live. But will they?

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About John D. Barrow



About the Author:
John D. Barrow is Professor of Astronomy at the University of Sussex, England, and is the author of The World Within the World and, with Frank Tipler, of The Anthropic Cosmological Principle.

Table of Contents


Ultimate explanation; laws; initial conditions; forces and particles; constants of nature; broken symmetries; organizing principles; selection effects; is "PI" really in the sky?

Additional information

GOR002009268
Theories of Everything: The Quest for Ultimate Explanation by John D. Barrow
John D. Barrow
Used - Very Good
Hardback
Oxford University Press
1991-01-01
256
0198539282
9780198539285
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Book picture is for illustrative purposes only, actual binding, cover or edition may vary.
The book has been read but remains in clean condition. All pages are intact and the cover is intact. Some minor wear to the spine.