The Universe Within: From Quantum to Cosmos

The Universe Within: From Quantum to Cosmos

Paperback CBC Massey Lectures

By (author) Neil Turok

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  • Publisher: House of Anansi Press
  • Format: Paperback | 292 pages
  • Dimensions: 127mm x 201mm x 20mm | 272g
  • Publication date: 2 October 2012
  • Publication City/Country: Toronto, Ontario
  • ISBN 10: 1770890173
  • ISBN 13: 9781770890176
  • Illustrations note: colour illustrations, black & white halftones
  • Sales rank: 62,617

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A visionary look at the way the human mind can shape the future by world-renowned physicist Neil Turok. Every technology we rely on today was created by the human mind, seeking to understand the universe around us. Scientific knowledge is our most precious possession, and our future will be shaped by the breakthroughs to come. In this personal and fascinating work, Neil Turok, Director of the Perimeter Institute for Theoretical Physics, explores the transformative scientific discoveries of the past three centuries -- from classical mechanics, to the nature of light, to the bizarre world of the quantum, and the evolution of the cosmos. Each new discovery has, over time, yielded new technologies causing paradigm shifts in the organization of society. Now, he argues, we are on the cusp of another major transformation: the coming quantum revolution that will supplant our current, dissatisfying digital age. Facing this brave new world, Turok calls for creatively re-inventing the way advanced knowledge is developed and shared, and opening access to the vast, untapped pools of intellectual talent in the developing world. Scientific research, training, and outreach are vital to our future economy, as well as powerful forces for peaceful global progress.

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"Neil Turok's "The Universe Within" provides an elegant, informative, and sometimes moving account, free of technicalities, of those powerful scientific, philosophical, and humanitarian influences underlying the personal drives of this highly distinguished mathematical physicist. I strongly recommend it." &#8212 Sir Roger Penrose, author of "Cycles of Time" ""The Universe Within" takes the reader on a wondrous journey across space and time. Through an artful melding of science and personal narrative, Neil Turok -- one of the world's leading theoretical physicists -- conveys not only the excitement of forefront research, but the gripping human drama of exploring ourselves and the cosmos." &#8212 Brian Greene, author of "The Elegant Universe" ""The Universe Within" is that rare thing, a genuinely exciting and exhilarating book. It is a mixture of polemic, celebrating science and reason with the eloquence and power of Sagan and Bronowski, and a beautifully written exploration of some of the great fundamental questions at the frontier of scientific knowledge. If you want to experience the excitement of modern science and understand why scientists devote their professional lives to the exploration of the unknown, then read this book." &#8212 Brian Cox, author of "The Quantum Universe"