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Our Mathematical Universe: My Quest for the Ultimate Nature of Realityby Max Tegmark
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The ideas of one of the most original cosmologists at work today — accessible, anecdotal, animated by the author's wit and passion — which will fascinate readers of Brian Greene, Roger Penrose, and Ray Kurzweil.
Max Tegmark leads us on an astonishing journey through past, present, and future, and through the physics, astronomy, and mathematics that are the foundation of his work, most particularly his hypothesis that our physical reality is a mathematical structure and his theory of the ultimate multiverse. In a dazzling combination of both popular and groundbreaking science, he not only helps us grasp his often mind-boggling theories (his website gives a flavor of how they might boggle the mind), but he also shares with us some of the often surprising triumphs and disappointments that have shaped his life as a scientist. Fascinating from first to last — here is a book for the full science-reading spectrum.
"Theoretical physicist Tegmark takes readers on an illuminating trip through cutting edge cosmology to one of the strangest ideas in a field overflowing with them: that our universe isn't just described by math, it may actually be made out of it. Since Galileo first proclaimed nature to be 'a book written in the language of mathematics,' physicists have used math to describe everything from motion to the shape of space-time itself. Tegmark explains how the discovery that the universe was expanding supported the concept of a 'Big Bang' origin. Subsequent news that the expansion of our universe is actually accelerating led cosmologists to the idea that it may be just one of many universes within a vast multiverse. Tegmark offers a fascinating exploration of multiverse theories, each one offering new ways to explain 'quantum weirdness' and other mysteries that have plagued physicists, culminating in the idea that our physical world is 'a giant mathematical object' shaped by geometry and symmetry. Tegmark's writing is lucid, enthusiastic, and outright entertaining, a thoroughly accessible discussion leavened with anecdotes and the pure joy of a scientist at work. Agents: John and Max Brockman, Brockman Inc." Publishers Weekly (Starred Review) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
“Lively and lucid, the narrative invites general readers into debates over computer models for brain function, over scientific explanations of consciousness, and over prospects for finding advanced life in other galaxies. Though he reflects soberly on the perils of nuclear war and of hostile artificial intelligence, Tegmark concludes with a bracingly upbeat call for scientifically minded activists who recognize a rare opportunity to make our special planet a force for cosmic progress. An exhilarating adventure for bold readers.” Booklist (starred review)
“Our Mathematical Universe is a fascinating and well-executed dramatic argument from a talented expositor." The Wall Street Journal
About the Author
Max Tegmark is author or coauthor of more than two hundred technical papers, twelve of which have been cited more than five hundred times. He holds a Ph.D. from the University of California, Berkeley, and is a physics professor at MIT.
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