The Universe: Leading Scientists Explore the Origin, Mysteries, and Future of the Cosmos

The Universe: Leading Scientists Explore the Origin, Mysteries, and Future of the Cosmos

John Brockman

Language: English

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ISBN: 1494505371

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In The Universe, today's most influential science writers explain the science behind our evolving understanding of the universe and everything in it, including the cutting-edge research and discoveries that are shaping our knowledge. Lee Smolin reveals how math and cosmology are helping us create a theory of the whole universe. Neil Turok analyzes the fundamental laws of nature, what came before the big bang, and the possibility of a unified theory. Seth Lloyd investigates the impact of computational revolutions and the informational revolution. Lawrence Krauss provides fresh insight into gravity, dark matter, and the energy of empty space. Brian Greene and Walter Isaacson discuss Albert Einstein. And much more. Explore the universe with some of today's greatest minds: what it is, how it came into being, and what may happen next.

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Presents his rival theory of a cyclic universe—a theory that the new data on gravitational waves may put paid to. Stay tuned. Andrei Linde, the father of “eternal chaotic inflation,” emphasizes the concepts of the multiverse and the anthropic principle that arose from it (“. . . different exponentially large parts of the universe may be very different from each other, and we live only in those parts where life as we know it is possible”). Lisa Randall and Neil Turok elaborate on the theory of.

Think the things that haven’t hit Oprah yet, and which are up and coming, are questions like, “Well, if the universe is really accelerating its expansion, then we know that it’s going to get infinitely large, and that things will happen over and over and over.” And if you have infinitely many tries at something, then every possible outcome is going to happen infinitely many times, no matter how unlikely it is. This is something that predates this string-theory multiverse I was talking about. It’s.

And what are the problems with it. And then Stephen said something and his student said, “Andrei Linde recently proposed a way to overcome this difficulty.” I didn’t expect that, and I happily translated it into Russian. And then Stephen said, “But this suggestion is wrong.” And I translated it. . . . For half an hour, I was translating what Stephen said, explaining in great detail why what I’m doing is totally wrong. And it was all happening in front of the best physicists in Moscow, and my.

The search for the fundamental laws of nature has forced us to think about the Big Bang much more deeply. According to our best theories, string theory and M-theory, all of the details of the laws of physics are determined by the structure of the universe—specifically, by the arrangement of tiny, curled-up extra dimensions of space. This is a very beautiful picture: Particle physics itself is now just another aspect of cosmology. But if you want to understand why the extra dimensions are arranged.

The recent stunning discovery of gravitational waves by the BICEP2 radio telescope at the South Pole, an apparent confirmation of the prime cosmological theory of inflation—we’ve assembled online contributions from some of Edge’s best minds, most of them pioneering theoretical physicists and cosmologists. They provide a picture of cosmology as it has developed over the past three decades—a “golden age,” in the words of MIT’s Alan Guth, one of its leading practitioners. This Golden Age of.

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