The Universe That Discovered Itself

The Universe That Discovered Itself

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Are there really laws of nature out there waiting to be discovered? Or are they simply an illusion? This revised edition of "The World Within the World", is John Barrow's extraordinary study of how we view the universe. Covering the magical notions of primitive cultures to the latest ideas about chaos, black holes, inflation, and superstrings, the book traces the development of our concept of what the laws of nature are and how we come to know them. Entertaining and inspiring, it is a journey to the edge of space and time.show more

Product details

  • Paperback | 464 pages
  • 126 x 190 x 28mm | 480.81g
  • Oxford University Press
  • Oxford Paperbacks
  • Oxford, United Kingdom
  • English
  • Revised
  • 2nd Revised edition
  • b&w halftones and line drawings, bibliography, index
  • 0192862006
  • 9780192862006

Table of contents

Preface; New Preface to 2nd Edition; Acknowledgements; Contents; 1. Prologue; 2. Time past; 3. Unseen worlds; 4. Inner space and outer space; 5. Why are the laws of Nature mathematical?; 6. Are there any laws of Nature?; 7. Selection effects; Select bibliography; Index.show more

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"Wonderfully wide-ranging....Barrow explores not only a wide gamut of topics in the zone between physics and astronomy, but he wrestles with their philosophical contexts as well."--Nature (on the previous edition)show more

About John D. Barrow

John Barrow is Professor of Astronomy at the University of Sussex.show more

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