Ultimate Explanations of the Universe

Author: Michael Heller

Publisher: Springer Science & Business Media

ISBN: 3642021034

Category: Science

Page: 216

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We humans are collectively driven by a powerful - yet not fully explained - instinct to understand. We would like to see everything established, proven, laid bare. The more important an issue, the more we desire to see it clarified, stripped of all secrets, all shades of gray. What could be more important than to understand the Universe and ourselves as a part of it? To find a window onto our origin and our destiny? This book examines how far our modern cosmological theories - with their sometimes audacious models, such as inflation, cyclic histories, quantum creation, parallel universes - can take us towards answering these questions. Can such theories lead us to ultimate truths, leaving nothing unexplained? Last, but not least, Heller addresses the thorny problem of why and whether we should expect to find theories with all-encompassing explicative power.
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New Theories of Everything

The Quest for Ultimate Explanation

Author: John D. Barrow

Publisher: Oxford University Press

ISBN: 019954817X

Category: Science

Page: 260

View: 3880

Cosmology & the universe.
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Das elegante Universum

Superstrings, verborgene Dimensionen und die Suche nach der Weltformel

Author: Brian Greene

Publisher: Siedler Verlag

ISBN: 3641185653

Category: Science

Page: 512

View: 2499

Eine hervorragende Darstellung unseres physikalischen Wissens und der Suche nach der „Weltformel“. Was ist die Superstringtheorie? Brian Greene, einer der führenden Physiker auf dem Gebiet der Superstrings, nimmt uns mit auf eine faszinierende und aufregende Reise zu den Grenzen unseres Verständnisses von Zeit, Raum und Materie.„Das elegante Universum“ ist ein populär geschriebenes und allgemein verständliches Kompendium unseres physikalischen Wissens.
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Unser mathematisches Universum

Auf der Suche nach dem Wesen der Wirklichkeit

Author: Max Tegmark

Publisher: Ullstein eBooks

ISBN: 3843710783

Category: Mathematics

Page: 520

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„Max Tegmark, Prophet der Parallelwelten, flirtet mit der Unendlichkeit.“ ULF VON RAUCHHAUPT, FRANKFURTER ALLGEMEINE SONNTAGSZEITUNG WORUM GEHT ES? Max Tegmark entwickelt eine neue Theorie des Kosmos: Das Universum selbst ist reine Mathematik. In diesem Buch geht es um die physikalische Realität des Kosmos, um den Urknall und die „Zeit davor“ und um die Evolution des Weltalls. Welche Rollen spielen wir dabei – die Wesen, die klug genug sind, das alles verstehen zu wollen? Tegmark findet, dieses Terrain sollte nicht länger den Philosophen überlassen bleiben. Denn die Physiker von heute haben die besseren Antworten auf die ewigen Fragen. WAS IST BESONDERS? „Eine hinreißende Expedition, die jenseits des konventionellen Denkens nach der wahren Bedeutung von Realität sucht.“ BBC „Tegmark behandelt die großen Fragen der Kosmologie und der Teilchenphysik weitaus verständlicher als Stephen Hawking.“ THE TIMES WER LIEST? • Jeder, der das Universum verstehen will • Die Leser von Richard Dawkins und Markus Gabriel
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Theism and Ultimate Explanation

The Necessary Shape of Contingency

Author: Timothy O'Connor

Publisher: John Wiley & Sons

ISBN: 144434546X

Category: Philosophy

Page: 250

View: 352

An expansive, yet succinct, analysis of the Philosophy of Religion– from metaphysics through theology. Organized into twosections, the text first examines truths concerning what ispossible and what is necessary. These chapters lay the foundationfor the book’s second part – the search for ametaphysical framework that permits the possibility of an ultimateexplanation that is correct and complete. A cutting-edge scholarly work which engages with thetraditional metaphysician’s quest for a true ultimateexplanation of the most general features of the world weinhabit Develops an original view concerning the epistemology andmetaphysics of modality, or truths concerning what is possible ornecessary Applies this framework to a re-examination of the cosmologicalargument for theism Defends a novel version of the Leibnizian cosmologicalargument
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Dunkle Materie und Dinosaurier

Die erstaunlichen Zusammenhänge des Universums

Author: Lisa Randall

Publisher: S. Fischer Verlag

ISBN: 3104030251

Category: Science

Page: 464

View: 6318

Die Natur der Dunklen Materie gehört zu den spannendsten Fragen der Kosmologie. Die Bestseller-Autorin und Harvard-Professorin Lisa Randall nimmt uns in ihrem neuen Buch ›Dunkle Materie und Dinosaurier. Die erstaunlichen Zusammenhänge des Universums‹ mit auf eine Reise in die Welt der Physik und hilft uns zu verstehen, welche Rolle die Dunkle Materie bei der Entstehung unserer Galaxie, unseres Sonnensystems und sogar des Lebens selbst gespielt hat. Eindrucksvoll zeigt sie, wie die Wissenschaft neue Konzepte und Erklärungen für dieses weithin unbekannte Phänomen entwickelt und verwebt geschickt die Geschichte des Kosmos mit unserer eigenen. Ein Buch, das ein völlig neues Licht auf die tiefen Verbindungen wirft, die unsere Welt so maßgeblich mitgeprägt haben, und uns die außerordentliche Schönheit zeigt, die selbst den alltäglichsten Dingen innewohnt.
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The Thomist Tradition

Author: Brian J. Shanley

Publisher: Springer Science & Business Media

ISBN: 9401599165

Category: Philosophy

Page: 240

View: 2554

This volume provides the first comprehensive treatment of the central topics in the contemporary philosophy of religion from a Thomist point of view. It focuses on central themes, including religious knowledge, language, science, evil, morality, human nature, God and religious diversity. It should prove valuable to students and faculty in philosophy of religion and theology, who are looking for an introduction to the Thomist tradition.
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Treatise on Love of God

Author: Miguel de Unamuno,Nelson R. Orringer

Publisher: University of Illinois Press

ISBN: 0252031245

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 180

View: 3943

A newly discovered treatise by a major European writer
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Studies in the Hegelian Dialectic

Author: John McTaggart,John McTaggart Ellis McTaggart

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 1108040330

Category: History

Page: 280

View: 5259

In this 1896 work, Cambridge philosopher McTaggart investigates the nature and purpose of Hegel's teaching on dialectic.
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The Beginning and the End

The Meaning of Life in a Cosmological Perspective

Author: Clément Vidal

Publisher: Springer

ISBN: 3319050621

Category: Science

Page: 379

View: 9216

In this fascinating journey to the edge of science, Vidal takes on big philosophical questions: Does our universe have a beginning and an end or is it cyclic? Are we alone in the universe? What is the role of intelligent life, if any, in cosmic evolution? Grounded in science and committed to philosophical rigor, this book presents an evolutionary worldview where the rise of intelligent life is not an accident, but may well be the key to unlocking the universe's deepest mysteries. Vidal shows how the fine-tuning controversy can be advanced with computer simulations. He also explores whether natural or artificial selection could hold on a cosmic scale. In perhaps his boldest hypothesis, he argues that signs of advanced extraterrestrial civilizations are already present in our astrophysical data. His conclusions invite us to see the meaning of life, evolution and intelligence from a novel cosmological framework that should stir debate for years to come.
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An Analytical Philosophy of Religion

Author: Willem Frederik Zuurdeeg

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1135976139

Category: Philosophy

Page: 328

View: 2186

This original study, published initially in 1959, introduces students of philosophy and of theology to a treatment of religion based upon the methods of modern philosophy – particularly logical empiricism and existentialism. Above and beyond the importance of its point of view, this book is distinguished by its clarity and by its objective and understanding presentation of diverse points of view.
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Mind of God

The Scientific Basis for a Rational World

Author: Paul Davies

Publisher: Simon and Schuster

ISBN: 0671797182

Category: Religion

Page: 254

View: 7340

A physicist uses science and philosophy to answer the ancient, unsolvable question: why does the universe exist?
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The Will to Believe and Human Immortality

Author: William James

Publisher: Courier Corporation

ISBN: 0486119076

Category: Psychology

Page: 448

View: 9124

Two books bound together, from religious period of one of the most renowned and representative thinkers. Illuminations of age-old religious questions from a pragmatic perspective, written in a luminous style.
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The Power of International Theory

Reforging the Link to Foreign Policy-Making through Scientific Enquiry

Author: Fred Chernoff

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1135992401

Category: Political Science

Page: 264

View: 1160

This new study challenges how we think about international relations, presenting an analysis of current trends and insights into new directions. It shows how the discipline of international relations was created with a purpose of helping policy-makers to build a more peaceful and just world. However, many of the current trends, post-positivism, constructivism, reflectivism, and post-modernism share a conception of international theory that is inherently incapable of offering significant guidance to policy-makers. The Power of International Theory critically examines these approaches and offers a novel conventional-causal alternative that allows the reforging of a link between IR theory and policy-making. While recognizing the criticisms of earlier forms of positivism and behaviouralism, the book defends holistic testing of empirical principles, methodological pluralism, criteria for choosing the best theory, a notion of 'causality,' and a limited form of prediction, all of which are needed to guide policy-makers. This is an essential book for all students and scholars of international relations.
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The Will to Believe

Author: William James

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 1108067239

Category: Philosophy

Page: 356

View: 2844

Philosopher William James posits pragmatic grounds for religious belief and moral action in these ten essays, published together in 1897.
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Das Leben, das Universum und der ganze Rest

Band 3 der fünfbändigen »Intergalaktischen Trilogie«

Author: Douglas Adams

Publisher: Kein & Aber AG

ISBN: 3036993592

Category: Fiction

Page: 256

View: 5716

Infolge einer Reihe von atemberaubenden Katastrophen findet sich Arthur Dent überraschenderweise in einer schrecklich primitiven Höhle auf der prähistorischen Erde wieder. Am richtigen Ort, nur leider zur falschen Zeit, und die Zeit ist schließlich der ungeeignetste Ort, an dem man verloren gehen kann. Um wieder zurück in die Weiten der Galaxis zu gelangen, sind er und Ford Prefect angewiesen auf Slartibartfass. Doch als Arthur einen intergalaktischen Krieg unterbinden soll und den Freunden allmählich klar wird, in welche Abenteuer sie sich da gestürzt haben, wünschen sie sich wieder zurück in ihre Steinzeithöhle. Der dritte Band der inter-galaktischen Kult-Serie »Per Anhalter durch die Galaxis«.
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From Eternity to Here

The Quest for the Ultimate Theory of Time

Author: Sean Carroll

Publisher: Penguin

ISBN: 9781101152157

Category: Science

Page: 448

View: 8800

A rising star in theoretical physics offers his awesome vision of our universe and beyond, all beginning with a simple question: Why does time move forward? Time moves forward, not backward—everyone knows you can’t unscramble an egg. In the hands of one of today’s hottest young physicists, that simple fact of breakfast becomes a doorway to understanding the Big Bang, the universe, and other universes, too. In From Eternity to Here, Sean Carroll argues that the arrow of time, pointing resolutely from the past to the future, owes its existence to conditions before the Big Bang itself—a period modern cosmology of which Einstein never dreamed. Increasingly, though, physicists are going out into realms that make the theory of relativity seem like child’s play. Carroll’s scenario is not only elegant, it’s laid out in the same easy-to- understand language that has made his group blog, Cosmic Variance, the most popular physics blog on the Net. From Eternity to Here uses ideas at the cutting edge of theoretical physics to explore how properties of spacetime before the Big Bang can explain the flow of time we experience in our everyday lives. Carroll suggests that we live in a baby universe, part of a large family of universes in which many of our siblings experience an arrow of time running in the opposite direction. It’s an ambitious, fascinating picture of the universe on an ultra-large scale, one that will captivate fans of popular physics blockbusters like Elegant Universe and A Brief History of Time. Watch a Video
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Leonard and Virginia Woolf, The Hogarth Press and the Networks of Modernism

Author: Helen Southworth

Publisher: Edinburgh University Press

ISBN: 0748669213

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 288

View: 7267

This multi-authored volume focuses on Leonard and Virginia Woolf's Hogarth Press (1917-1941). Scholars from the UK and the US use previously unpublished archival materials and new methodological frameworks to explore the relationships forged by the Woolfs
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