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Doubt and certainty

the celebrated academy : debates on science, mysticism, reality, in general on the knowable and unknowable, with particular forays into such esoteric matters as the mind fluid, the behavior of the stock market, and the disposition of a quantum mechanical sphinx, to name a few

Published by Perseus Books in Reading, Mass .
Written in English.

About the Book

When physicists and others construct models to explain the phenomena and laws of nature, do those models actually simulate what's really out there in the world, or do they only synthesize the way we think the world is? And how does our cultural upbringing affect the way we think about the world? In this far-reaching and penetrating book, two world-class physicists, one born and raised in the West, the other in the Far East, examine these and many other intriguing questions not yet resolved by modern scientists. - Back cover.

Table of Contents

Preface : Knowledge and wisdom
Prologue : The question
Is the universe describable? Laws, principles, theories and models
Is nature unreasonably mathematical? Mathematics, theories and reality
Is the world symmetrical? Friezes, particles and groups
Why do things happen? Causality, synchronicity and all that
Does time go forward? Past and future
Why is there left and right? Chirality, complexity and emergent properties
Is the universe weird? Quantum mechanics
Is there an answer? Theories of everything
How did we get here? Cosmology
What do you mean? Metaphors, analogies, culture wars
Can we make any money off this? Applied quantum mechanics
Commentaries on the debates

Edition Notes

Includes bibliographical references (p. 297-312) and index.

Series
Helix books

Classifications

Dewey Decimal Class
501
Library of Congress
Q175 .R56494 1998

The Physical Object

Format
Paperback
Pagination
xvi, 320 p.
Number of pages
320
Dimensions
25 x x centimeters

ID Numbers

Open Library
OL398497M
Internet Archive
doubtcertaintyce0000roth
ISBN 10
0738200069
ISBN 13
9780738201696
LC Control Number
98087634
OCLC/WorldCat
40631104
Library Thing
603378
Goodreads
1029187
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