The Life of the Cosmos

Paperback | May 26, 1999

byLee Smolin

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Lee Smolin offers a new theory of the universe that is at once elegant, comprehensive, and radically different from anything proposed before. Smolin posits that a process of self organization like that of biological evolution shapes the universe, as it develops and eventually reproducesthrough black holes, each of which may result in a new big bang and a new universe. Natural selection may guide the appearance of the laws of physics, favoring those universes which best reproduce. The result would be a cosmology according to which life is a natural consequence of the fundamentalprinciples on which the universe has been built, and a science that would give us a picture of the universe in which, as the author writes, "the occurrence of novelty, indeed the perpetual birth of novelty, can be understood." Smolin is one of the leading cosmologists at work today, and he writes with an expertise and force of argument that will command attention throughout the world of physics. But it is the humanity and sharp clarity of his prose that offers access for the layperson to the mind bending space at theforefront of today's physics.

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This book suggests the radically new theory that a process of self-organization, as seen in biological evolution, shapes the universe. As the universe develops, reproducing through black holes, a new universe and new big bang may occur. It’s a cosmology where life is the template for the universe. The Life Of The Cosmos is an exciting ...

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Lee Smolin offers a new theory of the universe that is at once elegant, comprehensive, and radically different from anything proposed before. Smolin posits that a process of self organization like that of biological evolution shapes the universe, as it develops and eventually reproducesthrough black holes, each of which may result in a...

Lee Smolin is Professor of Physics at the Center for Gravitational Physics and Geometry at the Pennsylvania State University. As a theoretical physicist, he has contributed several key ideas to the search for a unification of quantum theory, cosmology, and relativity.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:368 pages, 5.98 × 9.09 × 1.1 inPublished:May 26, 1999Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0195126645

ISBN - 13:9780195126648

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This book suggests the radically new theory that a process of self-organization, as seen in biological evolution, shapes the universe. As the universe develops, reproducing through black holes, a new universe and new big bang may occur. It’s a cosmology where life is the template for the universe. The Life Of The Cosmos is an exciting and lucid read from an original thinker.

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"I am very grateful to the editors of Mathematical Reviews for asking me to write a review of such a beautiful, interesting, irritating, and mind-blowing book as The life of the cosmos by Lee Smolin. It took me a long time to read the book even once--still I'm sure I'm going to read it atleast twice. What makes this book so fascinating to read but so hard to write a reasonably compact review of is that it is an ingenious mixture of fantasy, physics, mathematics, astronomy, biology, philosophy, and even sociology."--Mathematical Reviews