The Cosmic Landscape

The Cosmic Landscape

String Theory and the Illusion of Intelligent Design

Book - 2006
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"Anthropic Principle - a hypothetical principle that holds that the universe is fine-tuned so that we can be here to observe it. Many physicists have worried that embracing the Anthropic Principle will spell an end to scientific progress, but in The Cosmic Landscape, Leonard Susskind shows how string theory, rather than reaching a dead end, has led to a vastly expanded concept of the universe, in which the contentious principle makes perfect sense."--BOOK JACKET.
Publisher: New York : Little, Brown and Co., c2006
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780316155793
0316155799
Branch Call Number: 523.12 SUS NVD
Alternative Title: Cosmic landscape

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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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