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Theories Of Everything - The Quest For Ultimate Explanation John D. Barrow

Theories Of Everything - The Quest For Ultimate Explanation

John D. Barrow

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Modern physicists believe they have stumbled upon a key which unlocks the mathematical secret at the heart of the Universe: a discovery that points towards a Theory of Everything – a single all-embracing picture of the laws of Nature from which theMoreModern physicists believe they have stumbled upon a key which unlocks the mathematical secret at the heart of the Universe: a discovery that points towards a Theory of Everything – a single all-embracing picture of the laws of Nature from which the inevitability of all things seen must follow with unimpeachable logic.Is this confidence well-founded? Will our scientific theories one day tell us everything that was, is, and is to come about the Universe? Once such questions were the preserve of the lone eccentric, speculating far from the mainstream of scientific thinking. But today, for the first time, such a quest for ultimate explanation is no longer the pipe-dream of a few maverick thinkers – it has become the focus of our deepest thoughts about the ultimate structure of the Universe and the material within it.The quest to understand all things in their entirety, within a unique scheme demanded by logic alone, is the quest for the one and only Theory of Everything: Once the preserve of the philosopher and the theologian, now it has become the Holy Grail of the scientist.Can our little squiggles on pieces of paper, or the output from man-made computers, really tell us everything about the Universe? Theories of Everything say they can.The goal of this book is to discover whether such confidence is well placed – to reveal what complete explanation of the Universe really means and the extent to which conceivable Theories of Everything can ever hope to approach it. To reach that goal we need to look in unexpected places, far into the past and deep into the present, to search out what we think the Universe may be like and the special ways of thinking that make us what we are.The author, John D. Barrow is a Professor of Astronomy at the University of Sussex.Librarians note: an alternate cover edition