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New Theories of Everything

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The author presents and explains the latest theories, predictions and controversies surrounding the ultimate explanation, from superstrings and multiverses to speculations about the world as a computer, and the implications of these theories for own existence.
Hardcover, 260 pages
Published August 1st 2007 by Oxford University Press, USA (first published June 28th 2007)
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Oct 12, 2009 rated it it was amazing
I have enjoyed Barrow’s previous works -- I was so enthralled with Barrow and Tipler’s 1988 book The Anthropic Cosmological Principle that I read every word of its 736 pages multiple times. Barrow’s latest book, New Theories of Everything, does not disappoint. In this wide-ranging work, Barrow examines the notion of viewing science as the search for algorithmic compression of observed data. In other words, the best scientific theory is the one that explains the most data precisely in as crisp a ...more
Cassandra Kay Silva
Jun 09, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: science
I know that this was published in 1991 but I really didn't think he did that great of a job at going over a lot of the approaches that people are taking in looking for a single Unified Theory. He covered string theory fairly well, but missed a lot of other opportunities to explore other ideas out there. I am going to give him a pass on that because of the publish date, as I know that the last ten years have provided a whirlwind of new ideas in this field. Since that was supposed to be the ...more
Bernie Gourley
Feb 07, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This book reflects upon the various elements that any Theory of Everything (ToE) would have to reconcile. A ToE is the holy grail of physics, a theory that would unify the various forces to explain the nature of the universe as we experience it. There have been many attempts to achieve a ToE, but it remains elusive. There is the mathematically beautiful and elegant string theory that suffers that one drawback of having no experimental support. There are those who have given up on a ToE in the ...more
Mar 07, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: ciencias
Uno de los mejores libros que he leído sobre filosofía de la ciencia / Matemáticas / Física; es adecuado para lectores aficionados y publico en generla a si como para un publico mas educado y expertos en la materia, analiza la historia de la búsqueda de una teoría del todo desde diversos ángulos desde los filósofos de la antigua Grecia y su devoción a las matematicas hasta los físicos del siglo XIX y XX en su trato respecto la relatividad general y la mecánica cuántica. Planteándonos la ...more
Carmen Mandel
"From the M-theory of superstrings to complexification, an incredible journey"
Czy jest coś, co jednoznacznie separuje naukowość pytań o istnienie teorii wszystkiego od mrzonek?

Fizyka nie może zaprzestać poszukiwań odpowiedzi, obejmujących jak największy zakres zjawisk opisanych zbiorem reguł w możliwie zwartej postaci, bo to jest jej cel. Każda aktywność nakierowana na poznanie głębi prawd i mechanizmów kierujących światem, od wieków prowadzi ostatecznie do dylematów o prawdziwość wniosków. Rozwijane narzędzia matematyczne i możliwości obserwacyjne pomogły ludziom nauczyć
Ami Iida
Mar 28, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: physics, math, astronomy
the story of multiverse and parallel world
and then they're explained by mathematics.
Saikat Baksi
Jul 29, 2015 rated it liked it
I am reading it currently. But I have an observation right in the beginning about the author's argument concerning the link between monotheism and unity. Monotheism by nature is proponent of duality. The name itself claims '1' which acknowledges 'existence of 2! And it draws boundary around itself thereby creating an exterior. Hence monotheism is in no way an unifying approach. It is the source of breaking nature into pieces and analysing each fragment separately often resulting in disparerpte ...more
Kristýna Obrdlíková
Kniha o tom, jak je vůbec teorie všeho myšlenkově podložená. Táže se spíše proč než jak a zavrtává se do problematiky jak z historického, tak právě z filozofického hlediska: jak se náhled na svět vyvíjel, jaké existují názorové školy. A jde docela hluboko. Zaujala.
Brendan  McAuliffe
Nov 23, 2010 rated it liked it
A lot of information in this
Kevin Macleod
Aug 11, 2014 rated it liked it
Perfect stuff for Quantum Physics buffs & Arthur Beiser worshipers.
Not the right book to read at 16~17.One more read needed to rate it fairly
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John D. Barrow is a professor of mathematical sciences and director of the Millennium Mathematics Project at Cambridge University and a Fellow of the Royal Society.

He was awarded the 2006 Templeton Prize for "Progress Toward Research or Discoveries about Spiritual Realities" for his "writings about the relationship between life and the universe, and the nature of human understanding [which] have
“If the deep logic of what determines the value of the fine-structure constant also played a significant role in our understanding of all the physical processes in which the fine-structure constant enters, then we would be stymied. Fortunately, we do not need to know everything before we can know something.” 4 likes
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