New Theories of Everything

Author(s): John D. Barrow


Will we ever discover a single scientific theory that tells us everything that has happened, and everything that will happen, on every level in the Universe? The quest for the theory of everything - a single key that unlocks all the secrets of the Universe - is no longer a pipe-dream, but the focus of some of our most exciting research about the structure of the cosmos. But what might such a theory look like? What would it mean? And how close are we to getting there? In New Theories of Everything, John D. Barrow describes the ideas and controversies surrounding the ultimate explanation. Updating his earlier work Theories of Everything with the very latest theories and predictions, he tells of the M-theory of superstrings and multiverses, of speculations about the world as a computer program, and of new ideas of computation and complexity. But this is not solely a book about modern ideas in physics -- Barrow also considers and reflects on the philosophical and cultural consequences of those ideas, and their implications for our own existence in the world.

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A fine... thoughtful book. John Gribbin, The Independent d A worthwhile update. Amanda Gefter, New Scientist A highly rewarding intellectual adventure. Jim Al-Khalili, BBC Focus

1. Ultimate Explanation; 2. Laws; 3. Initial Conditions; 4. Forces and Particles; 5. Constants of Nature; 6. Broken Symmetries; 7. Organizing Principles; 8. Selection Effects; 9. Pi in the Sky

General Fields

  • : 9780192807212
  • : Oxford University Press, Incorporated
  • : 82003
  • : 0.57
  • : June 2007
  • : 234mm X 156mm X 26mm
  • : United Kingdom
  • : books

Special Fields

  • : John D. Barrow
  • : Hardback
  • : English
  • : 501
  • : 272
  • : numerous line drawings