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From Quantum to Cosmos: The Universe Within

From Quantum to Cosmos: The Universe Within [Kindle Edition]

Neil Turok
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Diverse and fascinating. (New Humanist)

Possibly the most readable account available of the search for the fundamentals of nature from Newton's laws to Higgs fields and cosmic inflation. (BBC Focus)

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One of the world's leading and most inspirational scientists makes the case that a quantum revolution is about to supersede our digital age.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 2019 KB
  • Print Length: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Faber & Faber Non Fiction (6 Dec 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00B72L14Y
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #291,820 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful
By dgm
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I really enjoyed reading this. It's not just a "straight" popular book on physics - there are loads of such books. This takes a wider perspective and includes interesting sections on how humans through the ages have tried to address fundamental issues in philosophy and science.

There is very little mathematics in the book so you don't need to be put off if doing sums isn't your cup of tea. What shines through is the author's fascination with the universe and how physics can explain so much of what we see and experience. I suspect if you have no background at all in science you will find some of the sections a little tough to understand, but not impossible if you persevere.

It's not often that someone who is brilliant at physics/maths also has the skills to communicate both their enthusiasm and knowledge to the general public in ways that are understandable and entertaining. Neil Turok has managed to do all this.
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5.0 out of 5 stars From Quantum to Cosmos 30 May 2013
As you loll by the pool this summer, while your wife or husband reads whatever has superseded 50 Shades of Gray, and your teenage daughter blisses out to Alice In Chains on her ear phones, you might wonder where it all went wrong. Wasn't there meant to be more to life than this infinity of sun loungers and face lifts stretching to the horizon?
At moments like these, when the neurons crave intellectual roughage, may I suggest you try Neil Turok's little book? It brings exciting news from the frontiers of cosmology and quantum physics and finds something uplifting to say about the destiny of mankind.
I read a great many non fiction books but finish few of them. Once I opened From Quantum To Cosmos I couldn't put it down until the last page. Turok, is one of the world's leading physicists and is currently director of the Perimeter Institute, a renowned research institute.
He was raised in South Africa, where his parents were ANC activists. Eventually, the family had to flee and finally ended up in the UK, where Turok worked with Stephen Hawking in Cambridge. The charm of this book is that it has a narrative arc, which describes Turok's personal and intellectual journey. From this arc he then skillfully hangs, in crystalline prose, some illuminating vignettes on quantum physics. He also provides a tour d' hoizon of cosmology and the development of quantum computing, which as we saw last week, is the next big thing.
Late last year the renowned American philosopher Thomas Nagel, published Mind and Cosmos, a controversial work that, besides taking some pot shots at Darwin's theory of evolution, suggested that the universe was teleological and that it has an aim, an end goal.
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Oh dear, oh dear - another scientist takes to the pulpit. This is a tissue of platitudes and piety; a renowned physicist, outside his comfort zone Turok sounds wide-eyed. He finds it 'remarkable' that two plus two equals four 'whether you are Mexican or Nigerian'. Leonardo's paintings, he tells us with confident authority, are 'some of the finest ever made'. (Nice to get that cleared up.) The first insight appears on page 16. It is from Einstein - who tells us, in effect, that reality is not ultimately knowable; that is not, though, a license for believing anything! - and there are better ways of accessing Einstein. Turok's hushed tone admits nothing like J Robert Oppenheimer writing to his brother Frank in 1935 (cited Bernstein: Quantum Leaps) 'Einstein is completely cuckoo'

* Actually Turok cautions against wishful thinking (p19), which he couples with greed - he's agin 'em both - so shall we call it wistful thinking on his part?
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent and hopeful. 28 Nov 2013
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I had learnt of the fundamental work at the Perimeter Institute and so was attracted to read this book. It did not disappoint. It is a lucid and thought-provoking account of the difficulties we face in comprehending the nature of reality. Those who have read David Deutsch's The Fabric of Reality will find this book less detailed and so easier to read; moreover it is optimistic that humanity has the potential to develop its intellect to meet the challenge of understanding our predicament.
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