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The Constants of Nature

The Constants of Nature Author John Barrow
ISBN-10 0307555356
Release 2009-05-06
Pages 368
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Reality as we know it is bound by a set of constants—numbers and values that dictate the strengths of forces like gravity, the speed of light, and the masses of elementary particles. In The Constants of Nature, Cambridge Professor and bestselling author John D.Barrow takes us on an exploration of these governing principles. Drawing on physicists such as Einstein and Planck, Barrow illustrates with stunning clarity our dependence on the steadfastness of these principles. But he also suggests that the basic forces may have been radically different during the universe’s infancy, and suggests that they may continue a deeply hidden evolution. Perhaps most tantalizingly, Barrow theorizes about the realities that might one day be found in a universe with different parameters than our own. From the Trade Paperback edition.



The Constants Of Nature

The Constants Of Nature Author John D. Barrow
ISBN-10 9781407072715
Release 2010-07-06
Pages 368
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The constants of nature are the numbers that define the essence of the Universe. They tell us how strong its forces are, and what its fundamental laws can do: the strength of gravity, of magnetism, the speed of light, and the masses of the smallest particles of matter. They encode the deepest secrets of the Universe and express at once our greatest knowledge and our greatest ignorance about the cosmos. Their existence has taught us the profound truth that Nature abounds with unseen regularities. Yet, while we have become skilled at measuring the values of these constants, our frustrating inability to explain or predict their values shows how much we still have to learn about the inner workings of the Universe. What is the ultimate status of these constants of Nature? Are they truly constant? Could life have evolved and persisted if they were even slightly different? And are there other Universes where they are different? These are some of the issues that this book grapples with. It looks back to the discoveries of the first constants of Nature and the impact they had on scientists like Einstein. This book also tells the story of a tantalising new development in astronomy. For the first time astronomical observations are suggesting that some of the constants of Nature were different when the Universe was younger. So are our laws of Nature slowly changing? Is anything about our Universe immune from the ravages of time? Are there any constants of Nature at all?



The Constants of Nature

The Constants of Nature Author John D. Barrow
ISBN-10 9780099286479
Release 2003
Pages 352
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The constants of nature are the numbers that define the essence of the Universe. They tell us how strong its forces are, and what its fundamental laws can do: the strength of gravity, of magnetism, the speed of light, and the masses of the smallest particles of matter. They encode the deepest secrets of the Universe and express at once our greatest knowledge and our greatest ignorance about the cosmos. Their existence has taught us the profound truth that Nature abounds with unseen regularities. Yet, while we have become skilled at measuring the values of these constants, our frustrating inability to explain or predict their values shows how much we still have to learn about the inner workings of the Universe. What is the ultimate status of these constants of Nature? Are they truly constant? Could life have evolved and persisted if they were even slightly different? And are there other Universes where they are different? These are some of the issues that this book grapples with. It looks back to the discoveries of the first constants of Nature and the impact they had on scientists like Einstein. This book also tells the story of a tantalising new development in astronomy. For the first time astronomical observations are suggesting that some of the constants of Nature were different when the Universe was younger. So are our laws of Nature slowly changing? Is anything about our Universe immune from the ravages of time? Are there any constants of Nature at all?



Just Six Numbers

Just Six Numbers Author Martin Rees
ISBN-10 9780786723584
Release 2008-08-04
Pages 208
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DivThe genesis of the universe elegantly explained in a simple theory based on just six numbers by one of the world's most renowned astrophysicists/div



New Theories of Everything

New Theories of Everything Author John D. Barrow
ISBN-10 9780199548170
Release 2008
Pages 260
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Cosmology & the universe.



The Book of Nothing

The Book of Nothing Author John D. Barrow
ISBN-10 9780307554819
Release 2009-05-20
Pages 384
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What conceptual blind spot kept the ancient Greeks (unlike the Indians and Maya) from developing a concept of zero? Why did St. Augustine equate nothingness with the Devil? What tortuous means did 17th-century scientists employ in their attempts to create a vacuum? And why do contemporary quantum physicists believe that the void is actually seething with subatomic activity? You’ll find the answers in this dizzyingly erudite and elegantly explained book by the English cosmologist John D. Barrow. Ranging through mathematics, theology, philosophy, literature, particle physics, and cosmology, The Book of Nothing explores the enduring hold that vacuity has exercised on the human imagination. Combining high-wire speculation with a wealth of reference that takes in Freddy Mercury and Shakespeare alongside Isaac Newton, Albert Einstein, and Stephen Hawking, the result is a fascinating excursion to the vanishing point of our knowledge. From the Trade Paperback edition.



The Book of Universes

The Book of Universes Author John D. Barrow
ISBN-10 9780393081213
Release 2011
Pages 354
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Provides a tour of the potential universes that could exist as a part of Einstein's theory of general relativity and introduces the physicists and mathematicians whose latest discoveries and ideas about physics and astronomy promote the concept of the “multiverse.” 12,000 first printing.



Science and Ultimate Reality

Science and Ultimate Reality Author John D. Barrow
ISBN-10 052183113X
Release 2004-04-22
Pages 721
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This volume provides a fascinating snapshot of the future of physics, covering fundamental physics, at the frontiers of research. It comprises a wide variety of contributions from leading thinkers in the field, inspired by the pioneering work of John A. Wheeler. Quantum theory represents a unifying theme within the book, along with topics such as the nature of physical reality, the arrow of time, models of the universe, superstrings, gravitational radiation, quantum gravity and cosmic inflation. Attempts to formulate a final unification of physics are discussed, along with the existence of hidden dimensions of space, space-time singularities, hidden cosmic matter, and the strange world of quantum technology.



The Anthropic Cosmological Principle

The Anthropic Cosmological Principle Author John D. Barrow
ISBN-10 0192821474
Release 1988
Pages 706
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Explores the concepts and many implications of the theory that the structure and operation of the universe is determined by the existence of intelligent observers



Impossibility

Impossibility Author John D. Barrow
ISBN-10 9780195130829
Release 1999
Pages 279
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Astronomer John Barrow takes an intriguing look at the limits of science, who argues that there are things that are ultimately unknowable, undoable, or unreachable.



Fitness of the Cosmos for Life

Fitness of the Cosmos for Life Author John D. Barrow
ISBN-10 9780521871020
Release 2008
Pages 501
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An interdisciplinary book for scientists interested in the origin and existence of life in our universe, first published in 2007.



The Natural Laws of the Universe

The Natural Laws of the Universe Author Jean-Philippe Uzan
ISBN-10 0387740813
Release 2010-04-02
Pages 136
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This book examines constants, the role they play in the laws of physics, and whether indeed constants can be verified. From the laboratory to the depths of space, it explores the paths of gravitation, general relativity and new theories such as that of superstrings. Coverage investigates the solidity of the foundations of physics and discusses the implications of the discovery of the non-constancy of a constant. The book even goes beyond the subject of constants to explain and discuss many ideas in physics, encountering along the way, for example, such exciting details as the discovery of a natural nuclear reactor at Oklo in Gabon.



Between Inner Space and Outer Space

Between Inner Space and Outer Space Author John D. Barrow
ISBN-10 UOM:39015043816225
Release 1999-01-01
Pages 274
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A collection of essays which examines such concepts as the Laws of Nature, life on other planets, issues of time and space, quantum reality, and how science relates to religion and aesthetics



100 Essential Things You Didn t Know You Didn t Know Math Explains Your World

100 Essential Things You Didn t Know You Didn t Know  Math Explains Your World Author John D. Barrow
ISBN-10 9780393072785
Release 2010-05-24
Pages 304
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“Where else does math become a romp, full of entertaining tricks and turns?”—Bryce Christensen, Booklist Have you ever considered why you always get stuck in the longest line? Why two’s company but three’s a crowd? Or why there are six degrees of separation instead of seven? In this hugely informative and endlessly entertaining book, John D. Barrow takes the most baffling of everyday phenomena and—with simple math, lucid explanations, and illustrations—explains why they work the way they do. His witty, crystal-clear answers shed light on the dark and shadowy corners of the physical world we all think we understand so well.



Cosmic Imagery

Cosmic Imagery Author John D. Barrow
ISBN-10 0393061779
Release 2008
Pages 608
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Uses iconic images to teach the history of modern science, from early depictions of the constellations to magnifications of single atoms.



The Artful Universe

The Artful Universe Author John D. Barrow
ISBN-10 0316082422
Release 1996-09-01
Pages 288
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In this eclectic and entertaining study of the interrelationship between the arts and the sciences, Barrow explains how the landscape of the Universe has influenced the development of philosophy and mythology, and how millions of years of evolutionary history have fashioned our attraction to certain patterns of sound and color.



The World Within the World

The World Within the World Author John D. Barrow
ISBN-10 0192861085
Release 1990
Pages 398
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Until recently "popular science" has produced neither rigorously scientific works nor especially popular ones. Only in the last three or four years have scientists begun to realize the field's full potential with books aimed at the intelligent non-scientist presenting more challenging subjects previously reserved for scholars. Still, none of these studies fully addresses the question of whether laws of Nature really exist and are just waiting to be discovered; or how the notion of laws of Nature arose and how they can be so well described by mathematics; or even how our own existence limits what we can learn about the Universe. John D. Barrow, renowned scientist and philosopher of science, fills the gap by responding to these and myriad other questions in this remarkably wide-ranging interdisciplinary study of the evolving concept of laws of Nature. Tackling the philosophical and theological problems raised by modern physics and mathematics, he goes well beyond the familiar ground of relativity and quantum theory. From the magical notions of primitive cultures to the latest ideas about chaos, black holes, inflation, and superstrings, he traces the gradual development of our understanding of what laws of Nature mean and how we have come to know them. Written in a serious but non-technical style, The World Within the World will fascinate scientists, philosophers, and general readers alike.