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El sueño de una teoria final: La busqueda de las leyes fundamentales de la naturaleza

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Desde la asuncion de que los libros de Critica han formado parte del bagaje intelectual y moral de una generacion de espanoles y latinoamericanos, a las puertas del siglo XXI nacio esta coleccion de bolsillo para poner al alcance de una nueva generacion de lectores, a precios minimos, aquellos libros ya publicados que por su calado y actualidad sea oportuno recuperar junto ...more
Paperback, 254 pages
Published January 1st 1994 by Critica (first published February 1st 1992)
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Jul 25, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Anyone who's interested in understanding how physicists see the world
Recommended to Manny by: The Goodreads recommendations engine

Probably just a lucky hit? It's getting harder and harder to tell with these new deep learning architectures. Though if a human being had done that, I'd have said it was quite insightful.

[After reading]

- Professor Weinberg, thank you for agreeing to testify in front of the committee.

- The pleasure is all mine, Senator.

- Very good. Now, let's get down to business. Why should the US pay 8 billion dollars to build this - ah -

- Superconducting Super Collider.

- Thank you. You k
Squatting Erudite
Sep 26, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: physics
Incredibly lucid, honest and concise. Possibly the best popular science book I've read so far. But I do have to warn you that I'm a theoretical physicist with worldviews closely resembling those of Weinberg, so don't expect an unbiased review.

Although he doesn't go too far to explain the actual laws of nature, as one might expect to see in a popular science book, Weinberg touches on some of the most important questions.

Can we have a final theory? Are we close? How can we know if we are close? I
Absolutely a must read. I cannot believe it took me this long to read it. Weinberg presented his and other physicists' theories that try to explain the universe. As difficult and possibly impossible as this goal may be, Weinberg makes it fairly simple for the curious reader. He really does have a gift for relaying complex knowledge to the non physicist.

Since this book was written in 1992, I think readers can and should forgive it for its focus on beauty as criterion for a viable theory. It is o
Jan 03, 2008 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: science, philosophy
I'm again about half way through this one, but I've spent the last couple of days thinking about a quote in this by Bohr. Now, you need to know that the Uncertainty Principle states that one can not know both the position and the momentum (sometimes people say velocity – but it is actually momentum, as they wrongly assume that a particle’s mass won’t change) of a particle at the same time and that the more accuracy you have in measuring the one, the less you have of the other. These types of pro ...more
Bob Nichols
This is sort of an intellectual biography of Weinberg’s career in (quantum) physics, and a pitch for the Superconducting Super Collider that was under consideration in the early 1990s. As with many other books for “general readership” in physics, a good part of this book is difficult to understand. Even so, there are several things that stood out.

Weinberg states outright that quantum mechanics, in contrast to classical mechanics, describes nature in terms of waves and probabilities, not particle
Jul 18, 2014 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I won't judge this book on its out-of-dateness or it's terrible audiobook narrator (not the author's fault), and I will try not to give too much weight to the ending of the book, where Steven Weinberg leaves the realm of science and instead moves into religion (this is never a good thing for a scientist to do - too often they conflate "science being unable to prove the existence of God" with "science proves God doesn't exist"). The rest of the book is pretty good, though not exceptional, and not ...more
Oct 09, 2014 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
ليس تقيمي الاخير والنهائي لهذا الكتاب، سأعيد قرائته مرة اخرى بعد ان اتعمق اكثر في فيزياء الكم لان الكاتب طرح الكثير من المفاهيم والمسائل الفيزيائية التي وجدت صعوبة كبيرة في فهمها
Ahmed Omer
يجادل ستيفن واينبرغ في السبل التى ستمكن الفيزيائيين من الوصول للنظرية الشاملة, مبتدئا بالاختزالية في العلوم وجدواها والانتقادات الموجهه اليها ويحسب نفسه من انصارها واشد المتحمسين لها , ويعرج بعد ذلك على الرؤية التاريخية في العلوم والدور الغائب لها في التصورات الاخيرة.. وفي فصل مممتع يناقش الفلسفة وهل ستمهد لنا السبل للوصول للنظرية الشاملة ويقطع كل امل منها ويعلن انفراج زاوية النظر بينها وبين العلوم ويتهكم بها عندما يقارن بين "الفعالية غير المعقولة للرياضيات" ويناظرها بـ"اللافعالية غير المقعولة ل ...more
Jimmy Ele
Sep 30, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Good book, but dated.
Nov 17, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Steven Weinberg is a remarkable man. A particle physicist and cosmologist, and Noble prize winner (due to his work on the electroweak theory), he is also passionately interested in the history of science and a popularizer of the work he's involved in.

In The First Three Minutes (1977) Weinberg tried to explain to the popular audience the current scientific insights about the origin of our universe. This was (to my knowledge) the first accessibe and complete account of this topic.

Ever since the 70
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Zoubir Belaib 1 3 May 04, 2015 09:36AM  
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Steven Weinberg (born May 3, 1933) is an American theoretical physicist and Nobel laureate in Physics for his contributions with Abdus Salam and Sheldon Glashow to the unification of the weak force and electromagnetic interaction between elementary particles.

He holds the Josey Regental Chair in Science at the University of Texas at Austin, where he is a member of the Physics and Astronomy Departme
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