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By Paul C. W. Davies

ISBN-10: 0670847615

ISBN-13: 9780670847617

A sublime, witty, and interesting exploration of the riddle of time, which examines the results of Einstein's conception of relativity and provides startling feedback approximately what contemporary study might reveal.
The everlasting questions of technology and faith have been profoundly recast through Einstein's conception of relativity and its implications that point could be warped through movement and gravitation, and that it can't be meaningfully divided into earlier, current, and future.

In approximately Time, Paul Davies discusses the massive bang thought, chaos conception, and the hot discovery that the universe seems to be more youthful than a number of the gadgets in it, concluding that Einstein's thought offers merely an incomplete knowing of the character of time. Davies explores unanswered questions such as:

* Does the universe have a starting and an end?

* Is the passage of time basically an illusion?

* Is it attainable to shuttle backward -- or ahead -- in time?

About Time weaves physics and metaphysics in a provocative contemplation of time and the universe.

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Some shapes are symmetric with respect to rotation. For example, a circle drawn on a page remains the same if we rotate the page on the desk. Other arrangements are symmetric under certain displacements or translations. For example, if we stood in front of some of the row houses in Baltimore facing one unit, and someone were to displace the entire row by one unit, we would not notice any difference. Similarly, if we look at one Campbell soup can in a painting 18 Beauty and the Beast containing rows of identical cans by the pop artist Andy Warhol, and the painting is shifted slightly sideways or upward, we see an identical picture.

These properties can allow more encompassing perceptions, which eventually enable scientists to identify common characteristics of different phenomena. Next, since we are interested in beauty, we want to identify classical aesthetic constituents or concepts that can contribute. Adopting ideas from the arts, the list of such concepts may include symmetry, simplicity, order, coherence, unity, elegance, and harmony. The question now is which of these truly plays a central role in science. In order to answer this last question I will attempt to rank-order these concepts in terms of their contribution to scientific thinking.

I remember that as a skeptical child, 25 The Accelerating Universe I used to be somewhat puzzled by the statement made by a teacher that the move to monotheism represented progress. After all, I thought, if it is all a matter of faith anyhow, then what difference does it make if you believe in one God or in many gods, each of whom is responsible for a different phenomenon in nature? Today, I can identify in that statement the same requirement for reductionism, for simplicity. Given two theories that explain a given phenomenon equally well, the physicist will always prefer the simpler one, for this aesthetic (and not just practical) reason.

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