The Elegant Universe: Superstrings, Hidden Dimensions, and the Quest for the Ultimate Theory

Author: Brian Greene

Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company

ISBN: 9780393071344

Category: Science

Page: 464

View: 6010

A new edition of the New York Times bestseller—now a three-part Nova special: a fascinating and thought-provoking journey through the mysteries of space, time, and matter. Now with a new preface (not in any other edition) that will review the enormous public reception of the relatively obscure string theory—made possible by this book and an increased number of adherents amongst physicists—The Elegant Universe "sets a standard that will be hard to beat" (New York Times Book Review). Brian Greene, one of the world's leading string theorists, peels away the layers of mystery surrounding string theory to reveal a universe that consists of eleven dimensions, where the fabric of space tears and repairs itself, and all matter—from the smallest quarks to the most gargantuan supernovas—is generated by the vibrations of microscopically tiny loops of energy. Today physicists and mathematicians throughout the world are feverishly working on one of the most ambitious theories ever proposed: superstring theory. String theory, as it is often called, is the key to the Unified Field Theory that eluded Einstein for more than thirty years. Finally, the century-old antagonism between the large and the small-General Relativity and Quantum Theory-is resolved. String theory proclaims that all of the wondrous happenings in the universe, from the frantic dancing of subatomic quarks to the majestic swirling of heavenly galaxies, are reflections of one grand physical principle and manifestations of one single entity: microscopically tiny vibrating loops of energy, a billionth of a billionth the size of an atom. In this brilliantly articulated and refreshingly clear book, Greene relates the scientific story and the human struggle behind twentieth-century physics' search for a theory of everything. Through the masterful use of metaphor and analogy, The Elegant Universe makes some of the most sophisticated concepts ever contemplated viscerally accessible and thoroughly entertaining, bringing us closer than ever to understanding how the universe works.

Das elegante Universum

Superstrings, verborgene Dimensionen und die Suche nach der Weltformel

Author: Brian Greene

Publisher: Siedler Verlag

ISBN: 3641185653

Category: Science

Page: 512

View: 3603

Eine hervorragende Darstellung unseres physikalischen Wissens und der Suche nach der „Weltformel“. Was ist die Superstringtheorie? Brian Greene, einer der führenden Physiker auf dem Gebiet der Superstrings, nimmt uns mit auf eine faszinierende und aufregende Reise zu den Grenzen unseres Verständnisses von Zeit, Raum und Materie.„Das elegante Universum“ ist ein populär geschriebenes und allgemein verständliches Kompendium unseres physikalischen Wissens.

Die Grundlagen der Relativitätstheorie

Populärwissenschaftlich dargestellt

Author: Rudolf Lämmel

Publisher: Springer-Verlag

ISBN: 3642918689

Category: Science

Page: 160

View: 954

Dieser Buchtitel ist Teil des Digitalisierungsprojekts Springer Book Archives mit Publikationen, die seit den Anfängen des Verlags von 1842 erschienen sind. Der Verlag stellt mit diesem Archiv Quellen für die historische wie auch die disziplingeschichtliche Forschung zur Verfügung, die jeweils im historischen Kontext betrachtet werden müssen. Dieser Titel erschien in der Zeit vor 1945 und wird daher in seiner zeittypischen politisch-ideologischen Ausrichtung vom Verlag nicht beworben.

Die verborgene Wirklichkeit

Paralleluniversen und die Gesetze des Kosmos

Author: Brian Greene

Publisher: Siedler Verlag

ISBN: 3641082072

Category: Science

Page: 448

View: 6176

Wir sind nicht allein! - Brian Greene über unsere Doppelgänger im All In seinem neuen Buch macht sich Physiker und Bestsellerautor Brian Greene auf die Suche nach der »verborgenen Wirklichkeit« im Universum. Er zeigt, warum vieles dafür spricht, dass wir in den Weiten des Kosmos nicht allein sind, und er beschreibt, welchen Parallelwelten die Astrophysiker auf der Spur sind. Wie keinem Zweiten gelingt es ihm dabei, physikalische Spitzenforschung mit hohem Unterhaltungswert zu verbinden.

Einstein's Dreams

Und immer wieder die Zeit

Author: Alan Lightman

Publisher: Droemer eBook

ISBN: 3426424819

Category: Fiction

Page: 208

View: 2471

Albert Einstein träumt. Von der Zeit, wovon sonst? Dreißig Mal nickt er ein, und jedes Mal erscheint vor seinem geistigen Auge eine neue Vision jenes sonderbaren Phänomens, in das unsere Existenz gebettet ist. Alan Lightman ist mit seinem Roman ein Faszinosum gelungen: Mit spielerischer Leichtigkeit begleiten wir das Jahrhundertgenie Einstein auf wundersam erhellenden Traumreisen durch die Zeit. »Dreißig kleine, federleichte Gedankenspiele ... ein wunderschöner, anrührender und saukomischer Erstling.« (Stern)

Die Wirklichkeit, die nicht so ist, ...

Eine Reise in die Welt der Quantengravitation

Author: Carlo Rovelli

Publisher: Rowohlt Verlag GmbH

ISBN: 3644052514

Category: Science

Page: 320

View: 2900

Was ist Wirklichkeit? Existieren Raum und Zeit tatsächlich, wenn wir uns anschicken, die elementarsten Grundlagen unserer Existenz zu erforschen? Wie viel davon können wir überhaupt verstehen? Carlo Rovelli beschäftigt sich seit vielen Jahren damit, die Grenzen unseres Verstehens zu erweitern. In diesem Buch nimmt er uns mit auf eine Reise, die von dem Realitätsverständnis der griechischen Klassik bis zur Schleifenquantengravitation führt. Ein großer Physiker unserer Zeit macht sich auf, uns ein neues Welt-Bild zu zeichnen: mit einem physikalischen Universum ohne Zeit, einer Raumzeit, die aus Schleifen und Körnchen besteht und in der Unendlichkeit nicht existiert. Einer Kosmologie, die ohne Urknall und Paralleluniversen auskommt und hier zum ersten Mal von einem ihrer «Erfinder» für ein breites Publikum einfach und ausführlich erklärt wird. Ein Buch über «die großen Herausforderungen der gegenwärtigen Naturwissenschaften, die all unser Wissen über die Natur in Frage stellen» (Rovelli).

Our Superstring Universe

Strings, Branes, Extra Dimensions and Superstring-M Theory

Author: L. E. Lewis

Publisher: iUniverse

ISBN: 0595275893

Category: Science

Page: 164

View: 4496

This book is intended as an introduction to what soon may prove to be the most important theory of science ever. It is a theory that is still evolving, but it already shows great promise of explaining the most fundamental mysteries of nature. The theory is based on the simple concept of miniscule vibrating strings as the source of all matter and forces in our universe. Our Superstring Universe begins with the big bang and traces the evolution of matter and force strings as they form and become the building blocks of our evolving universe. Then the focus shifts to the properties of strings and how they fit into the current knowledge of particle physics. The book concludes with discussions of the quest for experimental proof of strings and a look into the sometimes surprising, and always amazing, potential of superstring-M theory.

Despre ierarhiile divine. Fascinatia Unului si lumile din noi

Author: Madeea Axinciuc

Publisher: Humanitas SA

ISBN: 9735046814

Category:

Page: N.A

View: 7531

Tema în jurul căreia se configurează demersul acestei cărţi este, într-o primă formulare, necritică, cea a ierarhiilor divine. Cadrul metodologic şi de cercetare se înfiripă la confluenţa dintre filosofia religiei şi religie comparată, cu trimiteri înspre domenii de interfaţă precum studiile contemplative, studiile cognitive, filosofia ştiinţei, hermeneutică. Miza este aceea de a înţelege care este sensul şi dinamica ierarhiilor divine, aşa cum sunt ele înfăţişate în diferite tradiţii religioase şi de gândire, pentru a scoate la lumină, în oglindă, diferitele moduri de percepţie şi întruchipare a structurii şi dinamicii lumii / lumilor, printr-un demers care se doreşte relevant pentru înţelegerea omului.

Quantum Theory

Author: Frank Close

Publisher: OUP Oxford

ISBN: 0191025429

Category: Science

Page: N.A

View: 9154

A century of extraordinary physics, explained in three fabulously readable books. How did theory, experiment, personalities, politics, and chance combine in the development of Quantum theory, and the discovery of the Higgs Boson - the so-called God Particle?

Evidence of God

A Scientific Case for God

Author: Nick Hawkes

Publisher: Wipf and Stock Publishers

ISBN: 163087535X

Category: Religion

Page: 186

View: 1794

Endorsements: "Nick Hawkes has written a book on science and Christian faith that is attractive, intelligent, and accessible to general readers. It shows clearly that Christian faith and science are not opposed to each other but in need of each other. This book will be of great interest not only to committed Christians seeking to see how their biblical faith relates to contemporary science, but also to all those searching for an authentic Christian spirituality for the twenty-first century." -Denis Edwards Flinders University "Nick Hawkes looks at arguments for and against the existence for God and comes to the conclusion that faith can no more dispense with science than science can dispense with God. Both complete one another. He knows the terrain well and is able to explain complex ideas in ordinary language. Dr. Hawkes concludes by saying that Christian theology, rather than undermining science, actually provides science with a solid ground of meaning on which to stand." -Mark Worthing Tabor College, Adelaide. "This book should have a prominent position on the shelves of pastors, church leaders, teachers, and anyone who is interested in proclaiming Christianity in our secular society. Dr. Hawkes uses modern science to put forward a reasoned defense of orthodox Christianity." -Ken Smith The University of Queensland Author Biography: Nick Hawkes has two degrees in science and two in theology. He is the author of a number of books including the BASICS discipling series and A Summary of the Bible. He was a research scientist for twelve years before training as a pastor and leading a number of vibrant churches.

Cosmic Heritage

Evolution from the Big Bang to Conscious Life

Author: Peter Shaver

Publisher: Springer Science & Business Media

ISBN: 3642202616

Category: Science

Page: 268

View: 2991

This book follows the evolutionary trail all the way from the Big Bang 13.7 billion years ago to conscious life today. It is an accessible introductory book written for the interested layperson – anyone interested in the ‘big picture’ coming from modern science. It covers a wide range of topics including the origin and evolution of our universe, the nature and origin of life, the evolution of life including questions of birth and death, the evolution of cognition, the nature of consciousness, the possibility of extraterrestrial life and the future of the universe. The book is written in a narrative style, as these topics are all parts of a single story. It concludes with a discussion on the nature and future of science.

Dawkins' God

From The Selfish Gene to The God Delusion

Author: Alister E. McGrath

Publisher: John Wiley & Sons

ISBN: 1118964799

Category: Religion

Page: 208

View: 4419

A fully updated new edition of a critically acclaimed examinationof the theories and writings of Richard Dawkins by a world-renownedexpert on the relation of science and religion Includes in-depth analysis of Dawkins’ landmark treatiseThe God Delusion (2006), as well as coverage of his laterpopular works The Magic of Reality (2011) and TheGreatest Show on Earth (2011),and a new chapter on Dawkins as apopularizer of science Tackles Dawkins’ hostile and controversial views onreligion, and examine the religious implications of his scientificideas including a comprehensive investigation of the ‘selfishgene’ Written in an accessible and engaging style that will appeal toanyone interested in better understanding the interplay betweenscience and religion

Terrible Beauty: A Cultural History of the Twentieth Century

The People and Ideas that Shaped the Modern Mind: A History

Author: Peter Watson

Publisher: Hachette UK

ISBN: 178022673X

Category: Philosophy

Page: 848

View: 7414

A history of the twentieth century which covers all the ideas, people, great events, literary and artistic movements, scientific discoveries which have shaped the twentieth century. Terrible Beauty presents a unique narrative of the twentieth century. Unlike more conventional histories, where the focus is on political events and personalities, on wars, treaties and elections, this book concentrates on the ideas that made the century so rich, rewarding and provocative. Beginning with four seminal ideas which were introduced in 1900 - the unconscious, the gene, the quantum and Picasso's first paintings in Paris - the book brings together the main areas of thought and juxtaposes the most original and influential ideas of our time in an immensely readable narrative. From the creation of plastic to Norman Mailer, from the discovery of the 'Big Bang' to the Counterculture, from Relativity to Susan Sontag, from Proust to Salman Rushdie, and Henri Bergson to Saul Bellow, the book's range is encyclopedic. We meet in these pages the other twentieth century, the writers, the artists, the scientists and philosophers who were not cowed by the political and military disasters raging around them, and produced some of the most amazing and rewarding ideas by which we live. Terrible Beauty, endlessly stimulating and provocative, affirms that there was much more to the twentieth century than war and genocide.

HUMANS AND THE COSMOS

Exploration and Mindfulness

Author: Antony Black

Publisher: AuthorHouse

ISBN: 1496983211

Category: Philosophy

Page: 184

View: 2284

What kind of a universe do we live in? Where do we fit into the galaxies? Does God explain it all? We live in a staggering cosmos which only we understand and appreciate. This book locates us in a cosmic story. We need to bring together science, the humanities, experience and self-awareness. The world revealed by modern science is a source of great wonder. Yet Darwinism makes belief in a loving god virtually impossible. And by our knowledge and appetites we are destroying our habitat by carbon emissions and global warming. Death is a fact of life, but, unless we take drastic action, human life itself will become barely possible. What can we do to save our grandchildren? How can we find happiness without god and without destroying our descendants? We have to learn how to live in a new way. We need to deepen our instincts for reciprocity and compassion. We can learn how to thrive in harsh circumstances with the help of the philosophy, theology and poetry of both East and West. Above all, we need to use our own judgment. We can find satisfaction through, for example, art and exploration without deflowering the earth. And by meditation we can develop an inner space of still delight.

Evolution and the Emergent Self

The Rise of Complexity and Behavioral Versatility in Nature

Author: Raymond L. Neubauer

Publisher: Columbia University Press

ISBN: 0231521685

Category: Science

Page: 320

View: 9631

Evolution and the Emergent Self is an eloquent and evocative new synthesis that explores how the human species emerged from the cosmic dust. Lucidly presenting ideas about the rise of complexity in our genetic, neuronal, ecological, and ultimately cosmological settings, the author takes readers on a provocative tour of modern science's quest to understand our place in nature and in our universe. Readers fascinated with "Big History" and drawn to examine big ideas will be challenged and enthralled by Raymond L. Neubauer's ambitious narrative. How did humans emerge from the cosmos and the pre-biotic Earth, and what mechanisms of biological, chemical, and physical sciences drove this increasingly complex process? Neubauer presents a view of nature that describes the rising complexity of life in terms of increasing information content, first in genes and then in brains. The evolution of the nervous system expanded the capacity of organisms to store information, making learning possible. In key chapters, the author portrays four species with high brain:body ratios—chimpanzees, elephants, ravens, and dolphins—showing how each species shares with humans the capacity for complex communication, elaborate social relationships, flexible behavior, tool use, and powers of abstraction. A large brain can have a hierarchical arrangement of circuits that facilitates higher levels of abstraction. Neubauer describes this constellation of qualities as an emergent self, arguing that self-awareness is nascent in several species besides humans and that potential human characteristics are embedded in the evolutionary process and have emerged repeatedly in a variety of lineages on our planet. He ultimately demonstrates that human culture is not a unique offshoot of a language-specialized primate, but an analogue of fundamental mechanisms that organisms have used since the beginning of life on Earth to gather and process information in order to buffer themselves from fluctuations in the environment. Neubauer also views these developments in a cosmic setting, detailing open thermodynamic systems that grow more complex as the energy flowing through them increases. Similar processes of increasing complexity can be found in the "self-organizing" structures of both living and nonliving forms. Recent evidence from astronomy indicates that planet formation may be nearly as frequent as star formation. Since life makes use of the elements commonly seeded into space by burning and expiring stars, it is reasonable to speculate that the evolution of life and intelligence that happened on our planet may be found across the universe.

The Handy Physics Answer Book

Author: Paul W Zitzewitz

Publisher: Visible Ink Press

ISBN: 1578593573

Category: Science

Page: 384

View: 2754

Eschewing the usual mathematical explanations for physics phenomena, this approachable reference explains complicated scientific concepts in plain English that everyone can understand. Tackling the big issues such as gravity, magnetism, sound, and what really happens in the Large Hadron Collider, this engaging look at physics also spells out why cats always land on their feet, why people appear to have red eyes in photographs, and the real danger of looking at an eclipse. For everyone who ever wondered how a light bulb works or how squirrels avoid electrocution on the power lines, this handbook supplies answers on the physics of everyday life and examines the developments in the exploration of subatomic particles. In addition to the question-and-answer section, an addendum of facts about physicists explains what the Nobel prize is and who has won it, and tells the story of the scientist who was incarcerated for agreeing with Copernicus. Answers more than eight hundred questions about physics, ranging from everyday life applications to the latest explorations in the field.