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What is fascinating about this book is that the deep amount of theory contained, a sort of theory of everything attempting to integrate the second law, with the nebular hypothesis, and evolution, among other phenomenon such as "black body stars" (black holes) as he called them, the "big collision" (big bang) theory of the origin of the universe, etc., was conceived in ...more
Published 1925 by Boston, R. G. Badger
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Victor Alvarez
May 07, 2016 Victor Alvarez rated it it was amazing
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Harvard child prodigy William James Sidis writes at young age a dissertation about the balance (presented here as an hypothesis of reversibility) of the universe. Sidis’ discourse builds on his contemporary physics, it is in line with Einstein's cosmological constant, and preludes Hawking’s Black Holes and modern-day dark matter, dark energy and string theories. If you are interested in philosophy, you may also see in his work an attempt to reconcile physical cosmology with oriental Taoist ...more
Matt McClure
Feb 02, 2016 Matt McClure rated it it was ok
To suggest Sidis' The Animate and Inanimate adumbrated the presence of dark matter and black holes is unfounded. It is akin to suggesting Simon Newcomb to be the first to propose the presence of dark energy in his The Extent of the Universe merely because he did not know if photons "extinguished" during space travel.

The Animate and Inanimate is novelistic in its layout, containing well-written chapters written by a Harvard-class teenager who suggests in both the introduction and the conclusion
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