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The Cosmic Landscape: String Theory and the Illusion of Intelligent Design [Hardcover]

Leonard Susskind
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  • Hardcover: 403 pages
  • Publisher: Little Brown and Company (1 Dec 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0316155799
  • ISBN-13: 978-0316155793
  • Product Dimensions: 24.1 x 15.2 x 2.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 788,757 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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5.0 out of 5 stars Hope he continues writing these... 18 Aug 2012
By Risto
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For the non-professional like me, this is a fascinating book about contemporary issues in particle physics, string theory and cosmology. It is a personal view about the issues and the people from one of the top guns in theoretical physics. It is well written and non-technical, in parts even humorous, the main requirement for the reader being a curious mind.

Even though I consider this an outstanding book, it still has its ups and downs. I especially enjoyed the part about the properties of elementary paticles, which I have not seen explained in this manner elsewhere. More of this, please, now that CERN is up and running! The most important insight was why many physicists have been forced to swallow the anthropic principle and the many worlds view. I had some trouble reading through the part about string theory: there seems to be too many possibilities. If there are no limits to what the strings can look like, maybe some of them even look like me! After reading the book, I came out feeling that there is a stong case for string theory and the anthropic principle but it is also easy to symphatize with the critics like Smolin. I hope physicists do not get lost exploring the properties of the endless landscape.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Master physicist 9 Mar 2014
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Its highly addictive - be warned finished any other book you have - cos once you pick this one up you will not want to stop reading it.
This guy was there when it all happened, worked with the greats, and still manages to explain to me (a complete mathematical moron) exactly what theories we have come up with about the way the universe works.
It is a book I will read again and again.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
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Leonard Susskind is one of the most renowned physicists alive, and his insights have been confirmed again and again. In this book, he takes on the anthropic principle and uses it for his own purposes, which are none other than proving that our universe is indeed a pocket universe in a megaverse with thousands, perhaps millions of other universes under a perpetually inflationary landscape.

His prose is not always easy or engaging, but the effort the reader may put into plodding thrugh the pages will be handsomely rewarded with new paradigms in cosmology and physics with profound philosophical and spiritual implications.

Nothing less than the basis of a new cosmology and a new worldview from one of the greatest scientific minds of our time.
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If you wonder why intelligent life evolved in our particular universe and whether other universes may exist, this book tries to answer that question.
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