Fashion Faith and Fantasy in the New Physics of the Universe

Written By Roger Penrose
Fashion  Faith  and Fantasy in the New Physics of the Universe
  • Publsiher : Princeton University Press
  • Release : 05 September 2017
  • ISBN : 0691178534
  • Pages : 520 pages
  • Rating : 3.5/5 from 2 reviews
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Read or download book entitled Fashion Faith and Fantasy in the New Physics of the Universe written by Roger Penrose which was release on 05 September 2017, this book published by Princeton University Press. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle Format. Book excerpt: One of the world's leading physicists questions some of the most fashionable ideas in physics today, including string theory What can fashionable ideas, blind faith, or pure fantasy possibly have to do with the scientific quest to understand the universe? Surely, theoretical physicists are immune to mere trends, dogmatic beliefs, or flights of fancy? In fact, acclaimed physicist and bestselling author Roger Penrose argues that researchers working at the extreme frontiers of physics are just as susceptible to these forces as anyone else. In this provocative book, he argues that fashion, faith, and fantasy, while sometimes productive and even essential in physics, may be leading today's researchers astray in three of the field's most important areas—string theory, quantum mechanics, and cosmology. Arguing that string theory has veered away from physical reality by positing six extra hidden dimensions, Penrose cautions that the fashionable nature of a theory can cloud our judgment of its plausibility. In the case of quantum mechanics, its stunning success in explaining the atomic universe has led to an uncritical faith that it must also apply to reasonably massive objects, and Penrose responds by suggesting possible changes in quantum theory. Turning to cosmology, he argues that most of the current fantastical ideas about the origins of the universe cannot be true, but that an even wilder reality may lie behind them. Finally, Penrose describes how fashion, faith, and fantasy have ironically also shaped his own work, from twistor theory, a possible alternative to string theory that is beginning to acquire a fashionable status, to "conformal cyclic cosmology," an idea so fantastic that it could be called "conformal crazy cosmology." The result is an important critique of some of the most significant developments in physics today from one of its most eminent figures.

Fashion Faith and Fantasy in the New Physics of the Universe

Fashion  Faith  and Fantasy in the New Physics of the Universe
  • Author : Roger Penrose
  • Publisher : Princeton University Press
  • Release Date : 2017-09-05
  • Total pages : 520
  • ISBN : 0691178534
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Summary : One of the world's leading physicists questions some of the most fashionable ideas in physics today, including string theory What can fashionable ideas, blind faith, or pure fantasy possibly have to do with the scientific quest to understand the universe? Surely, theoretical physicists are immune to mere trends, dogmatic beliefs, ...

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  • Publisher : Random House
  • Release Date : 2016-03-31
  • Total pages : 1136
  • ISBN : 0691178534
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  • Publisher : Random House
  • Release Date : 2013-03-31
  • Total pages : 304
  • ISBN : 0691178534
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  • Publisher : Cosmo Publishing
  • Release Date : 2020-10-04
  • Total pages : 212
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  • Publisher : Universidad Iberoamericana
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  • Release Date : 2021-06-15
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Summary : International Journal of Neutrosophic Science (IJNS) is a peer-review journal publishing high quality experimental and theoretical research in all areas of Neutrosophic and its Applications. IJNS is published quarterly. IJNS is devoted to the publication of peer-reviewed original research papers lying in the domain of neutrosophic sets and systems. Papers ...

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  • Publisher : CRC Press
  • Release Date : 2019-06-18
  • Total pages : 250
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  • Publisher : Infinite Study
  • Release Date : 2018
  • Total pages : 298
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  • Publisher : John Wiley & Sons
  • Release Date : 2021-01-19
  • Total pages : 352
  • ISBN : 0691178534
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  • Publisher : Cambridge University Press
  • Release Date : 2021-08-26
  • Total pages : 716
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  • Publisher : Page Publishing Inc
  • Release Date : 2020-11-09
  • Total pages : 182
  • ISBN : 0691178534
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  • Publisher : Lulu.com
  • Release Date : 2017-01-07
  • Total pages : 268
  • ISBN : 0691178534
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  • Publisher : Lulu.com
  • Release Date : 2017-01-07
  • Total pages : 164
  • ISBN : 0691178534
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