Dreams of a final theory

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Pantheon Books, 1992 - Science - 334 pages
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From one of the world's most distinguished scientists, here is the story of a great intellectual adventure of our time: the search for nature's final laws. The success of physics in this century has been stunning, transforming our views of space and time, of reality and knowing, changing the very language we use to describe nature. At the close of the century we stand in possession of a new view of the universe, one in which the old centrality of matter is gone, and nature's symmetries lie at the core of our understanding. The driving force behind these revolutions in thought has been the search for the ultimate laws of nature - for the final answer to our questions about why nature is the way it is. In Dreams of a Final Theory, Steven Weinberg imagines the shape of a final theory, and the effect its discovery will have on the human spirit. Along the way he gives a spirited defense of reductionism - the impulse to trace the explanations of natural phenomena to deeper and deeper levels - and examines the curious relevance of beauty in scientific theories. He gives us a compelling personal account of the search for the laws of nature as a part of the intellectual history of our times, and shares with us the glimpses that scientists have had from time to time that there is something behind the blackboard - a deeper truth foreshadowing a final theory.

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User Review  - Excalibur2099 - Goodreads

I read a lot of theoretical physics books, and this writer is one of the most coherent there is. Read full review

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User Review  - Larry Gerovac - Goodreads

Steven Weinberg writes for the everyday reader in this book. No complex mathematical equations, just straight forward thoughts of why physicists are seeking the final theory. Like Hawking believed, to ... Read full review



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Professor Steven Weinberg
Jack S. Josey-Welch Foundation Chair in Science and Regental Professor and Director, Theory Research Group
Department of Physics
University of Texas at Austin

Nobel Prize in Physics, 1979
National Medal of Science, 1991
Benjamin Franklin Prize, American Philosophical Society, 2004
Member, U. S. National Academy of Sciences
Foreign Member, Royal Society of London
Honorary Member, Royal Irish Academy
Member, American Philosophical Society
Fellow, American Academy of Arts and Sciences
J. Robert Oppenheimer Prize, 1973
Dannie Heineman Prize for Mathematical Physics, 1977 Earned degrees
A.B., Cornell University, 1954
Ph.D., Princeton University, 1957
Honorary degrees
Harvard University, A.M., 1973
Knox College, D.Sc., 1978
University of Chicago, Sc.D., 1978
University of Rochester, Sc.D., l979
Yale University, Sc.D., 1979
City University of New York, Sc.D., 1980
Clark University, Sc.D., 1982
Dartmouth College, Sc.D., 1984
Weizmann Institute, Ph.D. Hon.Caus., 1985
Washington College, D.Litt., 1985
Columbia University, Sc.D., 1990
University of Salamanca, Sc.D., 1992
University of Padua, Ph.D. Hon.Caus., 1992
University of Barcelona, Sc.D., 1996
Bates College, Sc. D., 2002
McGill University, Sc. D., 2003
University of Waterloo, Sc. D., 2004

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