Cosmological Koans

Cosmological Koans

A Journey to the Heart of Physical Reality

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WW Norton
Through more than fifty Koans—pleasingly paradoxical vignettes following the ancient Zen tradition—leading physicist Anthony Aguirre takes the reader across the world from West to East, and through ideas spanning the age, breadth, and depth of the Universe.Using these beguiling Koans (Could there be a civilization on a mote of dust? How much of your fate have you made? Who cleans the universe?) and a flair for explaining complex science, Aguirre covers cosmic questions that scientific giants from Aristotle to Galileo to Heisenberg have grappled with, from the meaning of quantum theory and the nature of time to the origin of multiple universes.A playful and enlightening book, Cosmological Koans explores the strange hinterland between the deep structure of the physical world and our personal experience of it, giving readers what Einstein himself called “the most beautiful and deepest experience” anyone can have: a sense of the mysterious.
Cosmological Koans invites the reader into an intellectual adventure of the highest order.

Baker & Taylor
A leading physicist builds on Koan vignettes from ancient Zen tradition to explore universal philosophical questions, including the meaning of quantum theory, the nature of time and the origin of multiple universes.

Baker
& Taylor

"A leading physicist unravels the mysteries of the universe through pleasingly paradoxical Zen- style vignettes. Cosmological Koans takes a fresh approach to explaining the most mind- bending concepts in physics and cosmology by invoking the ancient Zen tradition of the Koan. Anthony Aguirre presents more than fifty beguiling Koans (Could there be a civilization in a mote of dust? How much of your fate have you made? Who cleans the universe?) that explore the strange hinterland between the deep structureof the physical world and our personal experience of it. With a flair for explaining complex science, Aguirre covers cosmic questions from the nature of time to the origin of multiple universes, and shows how scientific giants from Aristotle to Galileo to Heisenberg have grappled with them. A playful and enlightening book, Cosmological Koans gives readers what Einstein himself called "the most beautiful and deepest experience" anyone can have: a sense of the mysterious"--
A leading physicist builds on koan vignettes from ancient Zen tradition to explore concepts in physics and cosmology, including the meaning of quantum theory, the nature of time, and the origin of multiple universes.

Publisher: New York :, W.W. Norton & Company,, [2019]
Edition: First edition
Copyright Date: ©2019
ISBN: 9780393609219
Branch Call Number: 530 AGU
Characteristics: xvi, 373 pages :,illustrations, maps ;,25 cm.

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