A Different Universe

Reinventing Physics from the Bottom Down

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Why everything we think about fundamental physical laws needs to change, and why the greatest mysteries of physics are not at the ends of the universe but as close as the nearest ice cube or grain of salt. Not since Richard Feynman has a Nobel Prize- ...Continua
Ha scritto il 28/08/08
A paramount example of the books I would really have understood and loved when I knew more physics.

Still, a very fascinating book on how physics of collective systems of very many components (vacuum, gases, liquids, solid state, electronics,

Still, a very fascinating book on how physics of collective systems of very many components (vacuum, gases, liquids, solid state, electronics, lasers, super- and semiconductors, etc.) strongly point today to the need to rethink physics and fully bury a reductionistic approach.

Engineers, physicists and popular science enthusiasts, especially if familiar with the key experiments in measuring collective properties this book refers to, will love this critique of how most of us still view hard science in a reductionist way that these experiments appear to have been falsifying for decades now, and how much of the reductionistically-minded theories of the last few decades, from superstrings to fundamental particles, appear to end up building structures that defy falsification.

The last few chapters describe how reductionism and these theories have supported evolution of fundamental science into technology business that also is based less and less on falsifiable statements - and how this has signifiant impact on the ideology science ends up supporting.

As stimulating as it is complex to follow. ...Continua

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