Cosmogenesis : The Growth of Order in the Universe
Stability exists at all levels: atomic, astronomical, and in living systems, both microscopically and macroscopically. Since he has been capable of questioning the world around him, man's curiosity has been aroused by the evolution of order from primordial chaos. In this tour of modern science, eminent astrophysicist David Layzer constructs a unified and harmonious science world view and probes the philosophical implications of current developments in quantum physics, thermodynamics, cosmology and biology.
- Hardback | 320 pages
- 157.48 x 238.76 x 33.02mm | 703.06g
- 04 Jan 1990
- Oxford University Press Inc
- New York, United States
- numerous line drawings
Table of contents
Part I: A theory of order; Science, philosophy, and truth; Order and randomness; The strong cosmological principle and time's arrow; The importance of being discrete; Seven steps to quantum physics; Alice in quantumland; The strong cosmological principle and quantum theory; Part II: Aspects of timebound order; Cosmic evolution: the standard model; Gravitational clustering and structural order; Molecules, genes, and evolution; Evolution and the growth of order; Language, thought, and perception; What is consciousness?; Mind and body; Chance, necessity, and freedom; Notes
About David Layzer
About the Author David Layzer is the Donald H. Menzel Professor of Astrophysics at Harvard University. He is the author of Constructing the Universe.