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The Cosmic Landscape by Leonard Susskind
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Jan 08, 12

Read from December 22, 2011 to January 08, 2012

This book is a wonderful review of 20th and 21st century physics. Susskind does an amazing job of explaining things so that a layman such as myself can understand them, or at least get a better sense of what truly understanding them would mean. Although I know that I will forget many of the finer points in short order, I at least feel that I now have a better grasp of many of the major advances in physics from the last century.

Susskind spends a great deal of time and energy in this book defending the anthropic principle, and I found these parts of the book the least interesting. Perhaps I am not embroiled enough in the debate to totally get the point of it. As he explains it, the anthropic principle is a framework for explaining and exploring the properties of our universe. It is not, I don't think, the only framework for doing so. Oh, well, that's not for us laymen to argue about.
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