The Life of the Cosmos

The Life of the Cosmos Lee Smolin offers a new theory of the universe that is at once elegant comprehensive and radically different from anything proposed before Smolin posits that a process of self organization like that

  • Title: The Life of the Cosmos
  • Author: Lee Smolin
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  • Page: 207
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  • Lee Smolin offers a new theory of the universe that is at once elegant, comprehensive, and radically different from anything proposed before Smolin posits that a process of self organization like that of biological evolution shapes the universe, as it develops and eventually reproduces through black holes, each of which may result in a new big bang and a new universe NatLee Smolin offers a new theory of the universe that is at once elegant, comprehensive, and radically different from anything proposed before Smolin posits that a process of self organization like that of biological evolution shapes the universe, as it develops and eventually reproduces through black holes, each of which may result in a new big bang and a new universe Natural selection may guide the appearance of the laws of physics, favoring those universes which best reproduce The result would be a cosmology according to which life is a natural consequence of the fundamental principles on which the universe has been built, and a science that would give us a picture of the universe in which, as the author writes, the occurrence of novelty, indeed the perpetual birth of novelty, can be understood Smolin is one of the leading cosmologists at work today, and he writes with an expertise and force of argument that will command attention throughout the world of physics But it is the humanity and sharp clarity of his prose that offers access for the layperson to the mind bending space at the forefront of today s physics.

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    1. Lee Smolin

      Lee Smolin is a theoretical physicist who has made influential contributions to the search for a unification of physics He is a founding faculty member of the Perimeter Institute for Theoretical Physics His previous books include The Trouble with Physics, The Life of the Cosmos and Three Roads to Quantum Gravity.

    998 thoughts on “The Life of the Cosmos”

    1. Lee Smolin presents an interesting hypothesis that attempts to explain why the fundamental physical constants seem to be "tuned" perfectly to allow stars, planets, and life to evolve. The best aspect of his hypothesis is that it is "falsifiable". This means that Smolin proposes a number of tests that if they fail, would mean that his hypothesis is wrong. And, the tests are not incredibly difficult. He includes observational tests--like measuring the masses of additional neutron stars--and theore [...]


    2. The importance of this book comes not from the proposed cosmological theory itself, but from its understanding of relational cosmology and the philosophical ramifications of relativity and that a natural mechanism _is_ possible to explain the complexity of the universe.Lee Smolin proposes a thought-provoking cosmological theory of cosmic natural selection to explain the complexity of the universe. In doing so, he dives into the discussion of self-organized complex physical systems and relativity [...]


    3. Although his theory (more of a hypothesis really), seems testable, it has too many assumptions, and the assumptions are what lie to be falsifiable, not the theory itself. Still, this is a great book because it delves into questions rarely addressed by proper scientists like- why are the parameters of the universe the way they are and not otherwise; is there an absolute truth and does this lie beyond the reaches of the scientific method; the difference between absolute and relative etc. This book [...]


    4. Smolin starts by describing how what he calls "Radical Atomism" conflicts with unification.His argument is that, under Radical Atomism, particles have fundamental properties, independent from their environment.But for unification to reach it's ultimate goal, the variety of particles must emerge from one fundamental element.This is the first of many weak, philosophical arguments in the book.I'm interested in the formation and evolution of stars.In this book I found a fascinating and enlightening [...]


    5. I'm no stranger to pop-science books but this book opened my mind to some amazing possibilities. How is it that the universe we inhabit has just the right properties for us to exist? The Anthropic principle says it must because we are here to observe it. Smolin suggests that, in a nutshell, in the beginning there was random nothing, then out of that came blind iteration - universes forming and collapsing again, until finally evolution emerged by chance (it had all the time in the world after all [...]


    6. It gives a good overview of big picture and current fundamental problems in physics and cosmology with some emphasis on the philosophical aspects of the discussions. Then it presents some very interesting ideas on how to extend or improve the theory of relativity and quantum mechanic so they can coexist under a more logical framework based on the original ideas first presented by Leibniz. It is interesting to see how the battle between Newton and Leibniz's physics develops throughout the book, w [...]


    7. There are two books that I've read in my 48 years so far on this Earth which have blown my mind and completely changed my whole way of looking at things, and this is one of them. (FYI the other is "The Selfish Gene")First of all, Smolin has some crazy-sounding things to say, but he uses tight, scientific arguments, and he's the real deal, a professor at a Canadian University with a team of researchers working under him. So try to repress your inclination to dismiss him as a crackpot when you fir [...]



    8. The version I read had a few typos, but this is the least of the problem with a book purportedly written for the general public. Smolin writes in complex sentences, compounded by a generous sprinkling of grammatical errors, all of which conspire to make it a hard, slow, tedious read. Often the sentences have to be read twice to unravel exactly what is meant, and even then the reader still can't be sure. To make it even worse, the epilogue degenerates into some of the peculiar politics he hinted [...]


    9. As usual I didn't manage to follow all of it - and as usual it didn't matter to my satisfaction with the book. I learned a lot here and there and although I'm not a convert yet, I love the ideas of self-organization and natural selection. My biggest failing is maybe not understanding the guage principle but there were a lot of other brilliant ideas I did grasp a bit. Rotation forces (or the lack of them) in an otherwise empty universe, inertia and energy flows. And I've fallen in love with galax [...]



    10. While most physicists ignore philosophy, apart from an occasional pop version of Thomas Kuhn's paradigms, or even attack each other for doing "philosophy" instead of "science", Smolin in this book argues that there is a crisis in modern physics which needs to be met by explicitly considering the philosophical presuppositions of current theory. What he has in mind is the problem that modern particle theory, including string theory (which was the last word when this was written seventeen years ago [...]


    11. Evren nedir? Sonsuz mudur, sonlu mu? Ezelden mi gelir yoksa zaman bir ilk anda mı başladı? Başladıysa ne başlattı? Evrende niçin hayat var? Fizik yasaları ezelden gelen gerçeklikler mi yoksa onlar evrenle birlikte mi yaratıldılar? Evreni bütün bir sistem, parçalarının toplamından daha fazla bir şey olarak kavrayıp anlamak mümkün mü? Bu soruları herkes merak eder ve her kültür bunlara ilişkin öyküler söyler. Ünlü kuramsal fizikçi Lee Smolin, yıllardır kuantum ku [...]


    12. In this book, Lee Smolin proposes that universes can be naturally selected for based on their production of black holes. He calls it "Cosmological Natural Selection." It's an interesting idea and Smolin is careful to point out that it is more speculation than established science, although his theory is testable and he proposes tests for the theory. Smolin is good at acknowledging criticism of the theory and does his best to defend it. Once I got the hang of the idea, I was ready to be done with [...]


    13. I love Lee Smolin - he never seems to be afraid to push past assumption, to seek lines of inquiry outside of the narrow bounds of physics specialties and he doesn't lose his wonder in the world.Right from the start, Smolin says this book is speculative. Not that it's founded on no science or bad science, but that he pushes "what if" into some areas that might blow our minds (my words).Without giving too much away, he wonders whether or not the constants that we assume to be unchanging might actu [...]


    14. I first read this soon after it was released, and though I would not consider myself an expert by any means on the topics of astrophysics, I did feel comfortable to dive into Smolin's book. For those who are wary of 'science' books, I feel comfortable to say that the science curve is not daunting at all, and there are several symbolic examples, which seem to revolve around cats- so for feline fans, maybe add half a star. Nevertheless the book drifts more to the philosophical rather than the phys [...]


    15. Review to come when I have more time, but quick impressions: I generally like Lee Smolin's books, and this one is no exception. The first four parts of the book are very good and thought-provoking. The last part (mostly about quantum mechanics and attempts at quantum gravity theories) is a bit more hand-waving and weaker in my opinion, though there are interesting chapters in this part, too. The book is not overly technical -- e.g I don't remember any equations -- while presenting interesting to [...]


    16. I thought this was a very well written scientific piece of work by Smolin. He proposes an alternative hypothesis to the ”multiple universes” answer to the question of why the universe appears to be fine-tuned to life. I found Smolin’s suggestion to be slightly more believable and credible to the multiple universes theory, based primarily on the impression that the latter appears to be irrefutable as a theory given our existing scientific methods . In fact, Smolin makes painstaking efforts [...]


    17. So Lee Smolin is like really fucking smart. Here he tries to explain Newton, Liebniz, Einstein, relativity, grand unification, &c &c to the interested non-physicist and. fails. I really wanted to like this book. Lots of brilliant people I know recommend it highly. But it's a convoluted hyper-abstract snoozer, too philosophical for the scientist yet still too esoteric for the layman. This book reminds me of why, despite pseudo-deep 3am geek bull sessions freshman year of college about tim [...]


    18. This book will blow your mind. I thought that I was pretty well caught up on the state of theoretical physics today, but I was apparently very wrong. Smolin does a great job of getting the reader up to speed on the current "crisis" in theoretical physics; the lack of a unifying theory between general relativity and quantum theory. He then presents his own arguments for some pretty radical frameworks that we might use to bridge the gap between the two. This book was not an easy read at all, but i [...]


    19. One of the most illuminating books on theoretical physics I've ever read. I think every theoretician should read it, the ideas are very provocative and you can see how carefully Smolin thought about them by the manner in which he explains it.I have to admit that I AM a physicist and I am obviously biased because topics in this book are exactly what I find most interesting, but I have to say that I'm surprised at how much I actually learned from a book without a single equation. That takes real s [...]


    20. this book was mesmerizing. Smolin does an excellent job describing the beauty and scale of order in the universe.In doing so, it takes one through the entire history of astronomy and astrophysics in an engaging mannerd it's all done to support a severely plausible darwinian evolution of physics using singularies as the 'cycle' of the fabric of space time, a' la rees '7 things about physics' suspect physical constants.Even with such a wild conclusion, I didn't spoil a thing!This should also be an [...]


    21. I don't want to give too much away. Just read this. The one thing I learned is that my instincts are really finely attuned & I should just trust them. Relativity, Quantum & Chaotic Complexity Theories are linked & taken together change the face of our understanding of reality. Theology & philosophy must be fundamentally rethought as a result. The Continental Post-Modernists were on the right track. A particular Post-Post Modernist of my aquainence is very much on the right track. [...]


    22. This is a really great read. This covers the current thinking in cosmology today. Yes, it is speculative, but is just fascinating. Smolin writes in a great style that takes complex ideas and makes them accessible without dumbing them down.


    23. I'm amazed by how clearly this book manages to interweave philosophy, cosmology and theoretical physics. And that this was accomplished entirely using non-technical prose is astounding. I found the whole book incredibly stimulating. Really looking forward to his more recent work now!


    24. I bought this after reading his more recent 'The Trouble with Physics' and seems he grew as a writer between the two. :(This is also thicker with physics, making it a slower go. I've put it down, for now.


    25. I was right there with him, devouring the pages, but he lost me near the end when either it got too technical or I got too tired of reading on the metro for 2 hours on the way to and from work I'm not sure which.


    26. Wow. A plausible hypothesis for a cosmological natural selection. In addition a very informative lesson in the construct of the physical universe and clear explanation of a relational vs absolute universe. A GREAT read.


    27. A wide-ranging work of science and philosophy, centered around the idea that further progress in physics and cosmology will require the abandonment, already initiated by general relativity, of any conception of absolute space or time. Fantastic.


    28. Yahu ne zor okudum şu kitabı. Bir sayfayı on dakikada okuyor insan anlayacağım diye.Ancak güzelmiş.Beğendim.


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