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In this book, Roger Penrose presents a masterly summary of those areas of physics in which he feels there are major unsolved problems. These ideas are then challenged by three distinguished experts from different backgrounds - Abner Shimony and Nancy Cartwright as Philosophers of science and Stephen Hawking as a theoretical physicist and cosmologist. Finally, Roger Penrose responds to their thought-provoking criticisms. This paperback edition has been updated to include a striking and easily accessible example of Gödel's theorem, and a ground-breaking proposal for a physical experiment designed to test some of Penrose's most novel ideas about quantum mechanics. Penrose's enthusiasm, insight and good humour shine through this accessible, illuminating, and brilliant account of 21st-century theoretical physics.

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Accessible and stimulating introduction to Roger Penrose's vision of theoretical physics for the twenty-first century.

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Accessible and stimulating introduction to Roger Penrose's vision of theoretical physics for the twenty-first century.

Synopsis:

An accessible, illuminating and stimulating introduction to Roger Penrose's vision of theoretical physics for the twenty-first century. Includes incisive contributions from Abner Shimony, Nancy Cartwright and Stephen Hawking. This is a fascinating account of the problems of modern physics, ranging from small-scale quantum physics to the physics of the Universe.

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Roger Penrose's book presents a masterful summary of those areas of physics in which he feels there are major unsolved problems. These ideas are then challenged by three distinguished experts from different backgrounds - Abner Shimony, Nancy Cartwright and Stephen Hawking. Finally, Penrose responds to their thought-provoking criticisms. This paperback edition has been updated to include previously unpublished material with two ground-breaking developments in the debate. Penrose's enthusiasm, insight and good humour shine through this accessible, illuminating, and brilliant account of 21st-century theoretical physics.

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Roger Penrose's views on the large-scale physics of the Universe, the small-scale world of quantum physics and the physics of the mind are controversial and widely discussed. This book is a fascinating and accessible summary of Roger Penrose's current thinking on those areas of physics in which he feels there are major unresolved problems. It is also a stimulating introduction to the radically new concepts that he believes will be fruitful in understanding the workings of the brain and the nature of the human mind.

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The latest book from one of the most original and provocative minds in science, updated with two ground-breaking developments in the debate.

Table of Contents

Foreword Malcolm Longair; 1. Space-time and cosmology Roger Penrose; 2. The mysteries of quantum physics Roger Penrose; 3. Physics and the mind Roger Penrose; 4. On mentality, quantum mechanics and the actualization of potentialities Abner Shimony; 5. Why physics? Nancy Cartwright; 6. The objections of an unashamed reductionist Stephen Hawking; 7. Response Roger Penrose; Appendix I: Goodstein's theorm and mathematical thinking; Appendix II: Experiments to test gravitationally induced state reduction.

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ISBN:
9780521785723
Editor:
Shimony, Abner
With:
Hawking, Stephen
Editor:
Longair, M. S.
Author:
Shimony, Abner
Author:
Penrose, Roger
Author:
Longair, Malcolm
Author:
Hawking, Stephen
Author:
Cartwright, Nancy
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Location:
New York
Subject:
Philosophy
Subject:
Physics
Subject:
Gravity
Subject:
Human Physiology
Subject:
Artificial Intelligence
Subject:
Thought and thinking
Subject:
Quantum Theory
Subject:
Physics -- Philosophy.
Subject:
G
Subject:
Life Sciences - Human Anatomy & Physiology
Subject:
odel s theorem
Subject:
Physics-General
Copyright:
Edition Number:
Canto ed.
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Series:
Canto
Series Volume:
8896-AN/893/4
Publication Date:
20000431
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
72 b/w illus. 3 tables
Pages:
224
Dimensions:
8.49x5.44x.58 in. .60 lbs.

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"Synopsis" by , Accessible and stimulating introduction to Roger Penrose's vision of theoretical physics for the twenty-first century.
"Synopsis" by , Accessible and stimulating introduction to Roger Penrose's vision of theoretical physics for the twenty-first century.
"Synopsis" by , An accessible, illuminating and stimulating introduction to Roger Penrose's vision of theoretical physics for the twenty-first century. Includes incisive contributions from Abner Shimony, Nancy Cartwright and Stephen Hawking. This is a fascinating account of the problems of modern physics, ranging from small-scale quantum physics to the physics of the Universe.
"Synopsis" by , Roger Penrose's book presents a masterful summary of those areas of physics in which he feels there are major unsolved problems. These ideas are then challenged by three distinguished experts from different backgrounds - Abner Shimony, Nancy Cartwright and Stephen Hawking. Finally, Penrose responds to their thought-provoking criticisms. This paperback edition has been updated to include previously unpublished material with two ground-breaking developments in the debate. Penrose's enthusiasm, insight and good humour shine through this accessible, illuminating, and brilliant account of 21st-century theoretical physics.
"Synopsis" by , Roger Penrose's views on the large-scale physics of the Universe, the small-scale world of quantum physics and the physics of the mind are controversial and widely discussed. This book is a fascinating and accessible summary of Roger Penrose's current thinking on those areas of physics in which he feels there are major unresolved problems. It is also a stimulating introduction to the radically new concepts that he believes will be fruitful in understanding the workings of the brain and the nature of the human mind.
"Synopsis" by , The latest book from one of the most original and provocative minds in science, updated with two ground-breaking developments in the debate.
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