Between Inner Space and Outer Space : Essays on Science, Art, and Philosophy
In this fascinating and entertaining collection of essays, acclaimed cosmologist and writer John D. Barrow addresses the many questions that we ponder in our quest to discover the universe. Key topics are: the popularity of Big Science, and physics and cosmology in particular; life on other planets; issues of time and space and quantum reality; the ancient foundations of science, mathematics and their most modern expression-complexity theory; and how science relates to religion and aesthetics. Taken as a whole, these thought-provoking essays provide a rich introduction to contemporary scientific debate. 'Only John Barrow could have assembled this delightful book of diverse essays, which touches on everything from the deepest secrets of Creation to the nature of art and esthetics. Witty, whimsical, and always thought-provoking and entertaining, Barrow takes us on a wild, intellectual joy-ride through the mysteries of spacetime and the mind.' Michio Kaku
- Paperback | 292 pages
- 127 x 195.6 x 17.8mm | 294.84g
- 01 May 2000
- Oxford University Press
- Oxford, United Kingdom
- 20 black and white illustrations
Table of contents
INTRODUCTION, 1. THE POPULARIZATION OF SCIENCE; 2. LIFE IN THE UNIVERSE; 3. THEORIES OF EVERYTHING AND GRAVITY; 4. MATHEMATICS; 5. SIMPLICITY AND COMPLEXITY; 6. TIME; 7. RELIGION AND SCIENCE; 8. QUANTUM REALITY; 9. AESTHETICS; 10. COSMOLOGY; INDEX.
About John D. Barrow
John Barrow is Professor of Astronomy at the University of Sussex. He is the author of several highly acclaimed popular books on science, including Theories of Everything, World Within the World (a new edition coming in March 2000 under the name The Universe that Discovered Itself), Pi in the Sky, The Anthropic Cosmological Principle, and Impossibility.
Barrow is emerging as the Stephen Jay Gould of the mathematical sciences. These fluent and erudite essays should further enhance his reputation. Professor Sir Martin Rees, Astronomer Royal