Book ID: CBB232842585

Time Reborn: From the Crisis in Physics to the Future of the Universe (2013)


Smolin, Lee (Author)

Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

Publication Date: 2013
Physical Details: 319 pages
Language: English

From one of our foremost thinkers and public intellectuals, a radical new view of the nature of time and the cosmos What is time? This deceptively simple question is the single most important problem facing science as we probe more deeply into the fundamentals of the universe. All of the mysteries physicists and cosmologists face--from the Big Bang to the future of the universe, from the puzzles of quantum physics to the unification of forces and particles--come down to the nature of time. The fact that time is real may seem obvious. You experience it passing every day when you watch clocks tick, bread toast, and children grow. But most physicists, from Newton to Einstein to today's quantum theorists, have seen things differently. The scientific case for time being an illusion is formidable. That is why the consequences of adopting the view that time is real are revolutionary. Lee Smolin, author of the controversial bestseller The Trouble with Physics, argues that a limited notion of time is holding physics back. It's time for a major revolution in scientific thought. The reality of time could be the key to the next big breakthrough in theoretical physics. What if the laws of physics themselves were not timeless? What if they could evolve? Time Reborn offers a radical new approach to cosmology that embraces the reality of time and opens up a whole new universe of possibilities. There are few ideas that, like our notion of time, shape our thinking about literally everything, with huge implications for physics and beyond--from climate change to the economic crisis. Smolin explains in lively and lucid prose how the true nature of time impacts our world.

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Authors & Contributors
Frenkel, Victor Ya.
Balashov, Yuri
Gorelik, Gennadii E.
Kojevnikov, Alexei
Yavelov, Boris
Vizgin, Vladimir P.
Philosophia Naturalis
British Journal for the Philosophy of Science
Studies in History and Philosophy of Science Part B: Studies in History and Philosophy of Modern Physics
Physis: Rivista Internazionale di Storia della Scienza
Berichte zur Wissenschaftsgeschichte
Oxford University Press
McGill-Queen's University Press
Princeton University Press
Basic Books
Quantum mechanics
Einstein, Albert
Gödel, Kurt
Poincaré, Jules Henri
Bohr, Niels Henrik David
Schrödinger, Erwin
Pauli, Wolfgang Ernst
Time Periods
20th century
20th century, early
19th century
16th century
20th century, late
21st century
United States

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