Theories of Everything the Quest for Ultimate Explanation Book by John Barrow C1991

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Book "Theories of Everything - The Quest For Ultimate Explanation" by John D. Barrow, copyright 1991.

In excellent condition with very minor wear. The book looks new. Dust jacket has some crinkling around the edges.

Contents

Ultimate Explanation

an eightfold way

myths

creation myths

algorithmic compressibility

Laws

The legacy of law

the quest for unity

Roger Boscovich

symmetries

a flight of rationalistic fancy

goodbye to all that

Initial conditions

at the edge of things

axioms

initial conditions and time symmetry

time without time

chaotic axioms

cosmological time

the problem of time

absolute space and time

how far is far enough?

the quantum mystery of time

quantum initial conditions

the great divide

Forces and particles

the stuff of the universe

the copy-cat principle

elementarity

the atom and the vortex

a world beside itself

constants of nature

the importance of being constant

fundamentalism

what do constants tell us?

varying constants

into the wormworks

broken symmetries

the never-ending story

broken symmetry

natural theology: a tale of two tales

the flaws of nature

chaos

chance

the unpredictability of sex

symmetry-breaking in the universe

organizing principles

where the wild things are

big AL

time

being and becoming organized

the arrow of time

far from equilibrium

the way of the world

selection effects

ubiquitous bias

is pi really in the sky?

in the centre of immensities

the number of the rose

philosophies of mathematics

what is mathematics?

mathematics and physics: an eternal golden braid

the intelligibility of the world

algorithmic compressibility rides again

the secret of the universe

is the universe a computer?

the unknowable

select bibliography

index


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