Cosmic Landscape

Cosmic Landscape

String Theory and the Illusion of Intelligent Design

Book - 2005
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The beginning of the 21st century is a watershed in modern science, a time that will forever change our understanding of the universe, Susskind contends. Several decades ago, he introduced the revolutionary concept of string theory to the world of physical science. In doing so, he inspired a generation of physicists who believed that the theory would uniquely predict the properties of our universe. Now, in his first book, Susskind argues that the very idea of such an "elegant theory" no longer suits our understanding of the universe, and that our narrow 20th-century view of a unique universe will have to give way to the much broader concept of a gigantic cosmic landscape--a megaverse, pregnant with new possibilities.--From publisher description.
Publisher: New York : Little, Brown and Co., 2005.
ISBN: 9780316155793
0316155799
Call Number: 523.12 SUSSKIND
Characteristics: p. ; cm.
Subjects: String models.
Intelligent design (Teleology)
Astrophysics.
Cosmogony.

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Dec 16, 2013

Saw the author's latest book in WSJ's best non-fictions for 2013 (The Theoretical Minimum: What You Need to Know to Start Doing Physics). So, I re-visited the topic of neutrinos etc in this book. The String theory was a difficult read for me. I was only semi-conscious after following his examples of "Feynman diagrams, trees and loops" on simple closed strings. I was totally lost when he began topics on manifold strings. Nonetheless, I labored through the book but no wiser. (see quotes for a sample of what you'll read.)

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Dec 16, 2013

page 23 succinctly explains the laws of nature according to Pierre-Simone De Laplace:

We may regard the present state of the universe as the effect of its past and the cause of its future. An intellect which at a certain moment would know all forces that set nature in motion, and all positions of all items of which nature is composed, if this intellect was also vast enough to submit these data to analysis, it would embrace in a single formula the movements of the greatest bodies of the universe and those of the tiniest atom; for such an intellect nothing would be uncertain and the future just like the past would be present before its eyes.

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