Fascinating book. In order to navigate out of this carousel, please use your heading shortcut key to navigate to the next or previous heading. Reviewed in the United States on November 20, 2019. To qualify my review a little better, before I read this book I read: I really liked this book. Smolin does not go into much detail about some of the relevant background in physics, such as gauge theories, so unless the reader is already familiar with much of contemporary physics it can sometimes seem that too much is assumed. Being one of the imaginative minds himself, the author relies on the approaches towards quantum gravity which are background independent and are subjected to falsifiability and predictability. Smolin argues that theoretical physics (at least where foundational issues of quantum physics, gravity etc. Not actually for the layman at all. Lee Smolin earned his Ph.D. in physics at Harvard, then went on to teach at Yale and Pennsylvania State before helping to found the innovative Perimeter Institute. You can read books purchased on Google Play using your computer's web browser. The theory solves a lot of problems in physics, and Lee theoretical physicist Lee Smolin has published a number of papers on the subject. Smolin ably sets up his premise in the first chapter, defining the five major problems confronting theoretical physics, but then (probably inevitably) goes into such detail valiantly trying to describe in words what is really only comprehensible in mathematical terms that in the first half of the book the reader may find it difficult to see the forest for the trees. I could talk a lot about the ideas in this book, but I'll try to keep this a review of the book itself as much as possible. The discovery of "dark energy," which seems to be pushing the universe apart faster and faster, isn't explained by string theory and is proving troublesome for that theory's advocates. It is a thrilling unresolved mystery of literally cosmic proportions.” The Universe Green Door: Metaphysical Journey into the deepest Mysteries of the Uni... Not Very Intelligent Design: On the origin, creation and evolution of the theory of... Digital Physics: The Universe Is a Programmed System, Fall to Earth (Pillars of Fire and Light Sci-Fi Book 1). --This text refers to an alternate kindle_edition edition. Your recently viewed items and featured recommendations, Select the department you want to search in. For more than two centuries, our understanding of the laws of nature expanded rapidly. by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, The Trouble with Physics: The Rise of String Theory, the Fall of a Science and What Comes Next. I think his desire to be objective and revisit the whys and the ifs of the basic premises of string theory to be admirable. The theory has spawned dozens of popular books and even a three-hour PBS TV series. Access codes and supplements are not guaranteed with used items. If you're a seller, Fulfillment by Amazon can help you grow your business. The first copy ended up getting wet by accident so it was a good enough reason to replace it with a new copy. Smolin's polemic is often misconstrued as a criticism of superstring theory as a physical theory. Yangton and Yington pairs are the building blocks of the universe. He argues that we are in the slowest period of innovation in physics of at least the last 100 years. One of the things Smolin discusses is the sociology of string theory. Something we hope you'll especially enjoy: FBA products qualify for FREE Shipping. Lee will razzle and dazzle you with his fancy footwork telling how it is to live through the square dance of science in academe. His previous books include, By purchasing this item, you are transacting with Google Payments and agreeing to the Google Payments. Lee Smolin does a good job of showing that the emperor has no clothes. Read this book using Google Play Books app on your PC, android, iOS devices. This is an interesting book. The rest of the book was a challenge to change the way we think about science in general and physics in particular. Redemption links and eBooks cannot be resold. In doing so, he speculates as to whether some of these questions will never be answered. A desperate athlete. Something we hope you'll especially enjoy: FBA items qualify for FREE Shipping and Amazon Prime. Smolin does not go into much detail about so. Additional gift options are available when buying one eBook at a time. It doesn't change my love of it, and even if string theory doesn't end up being the "answer" to everything that we are looking for I still see it as a beautiful and amazing line of thinking.