- Hardcover: 448 pages
- Publisher: Allen Lane; First Edition edition (16 July 2015)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1846147018
- ISBN-13: 978-1846147012
- Product Dimensions: 16.4 x 4.2 x 23.8 cm
- Average Customer Review: 19 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 361,575 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
A Beautiful Question: Finding Nature's Deep Design Hardcover – 16 Jul 2015
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In Steven Weinberg's To Explain the World: The Discovery of Modern Science and Frank Wilczek's A Beautiful Question: Finding Nature's Deep Design, two Nobel physicists give two astonishingly different accounts of the history of science, from antiquity to their own discoveries. Weinberg takes an unapologetically hard-headed stance, where philosophy, beauty and so forth are denounced as misleading. Wilczek sketches a dreamy vision, where beauty and harmony are essential ingredients of the quest for knowledge. Who is right? Both: this is the magic of science, which coherently combines wildly diverse skills. Weinberg is a father of electroweak theory, Wilczek of strong interaction. Still unsolved is gravity: what are the skills we need to solve it? We do not know yet (Carlo Rovelli, Financial Times 'Books of the Year')
Shocking and invigorating (Nicholas Blincoe, 'Books of the Year' Telegraph)
It's rare that scientists as brilliant as Wilczek give us a glimpse of what goes on inside their heads. Anyone taking up this opportunity should expect to come away pretty dazzled (BBC Focus)
Frank Wilczek's A Beautiful Question is the first book I've read in which I've felt that almost vertiginous sensation of peering through layers of theories down to the true nature of the universe ... At times this is a challenging text, but it is well worth the effort. Wilczek is admirably clear in his explanations. (Lewis Dartnell Telegraph)
One of the pleasures of reading a book like this is to be in the company of a top-drawer thinker who has strained every sinew to find new ways of describing the patterns in nature's underlying fabric ... A fresh perspective on modern scientific thinking from an expert with a flair for jargon-free exposition ... Wilczek writes with bracing pizzazz ... This handsomely produced book contains more beef than many a finely written scientific potboiler (Graham Farmelo Guardian)
Wilczek's sheer pleasure in the beauty of mathematics is the engine and joy of this book ... [A] rewarding read ... There is a lot of food for the mind here, but also some for the eye. (Andrea Wulf Financial Times)
[A] searching and earnest book ... All 448 pages are buoyed by a singular, fervent enthusiasm. This is the book of a love-struck physicist (Amy X. Wang Slate)
For a century, science has invalidated 'soft' questions about truth, beauty, and transcendence. It took considerable courage therefore for Frank Wilczek to declare that such questions are within the framework of 'hard' science. Anyone who wants to see how science and transcendence can be compatible must read this book. Wilczek has caught the winds of change, and his thinking breaks through some sacred boundaries with curiosity, insight, and intellectual power. (Deepak Chopra, M.D.)
A Beautiful Question is both a brilliant exploration of largely uncharted territories and a refreshingly idiosyncratic guide to developments in particle physics. (Nature)
[An] eccentrically brilliant book ... A potent antidote to those many whiggish histories of science that castigate previous generations for their error. (Steven Poole Spectator)
About the Author
Born in New York, Frank Wilczek studied at the University of Chicago and gained his Ph.D. in physics at Princeton University. Frank won the Nobel Prize in Physics in 2004 for work he did as a twenty-one-year-old graduate student. His writing has featured twice in Best American Science Writing and his exposition of modern physics, Longing for the Harmonies was named New York Times Notable Book of the Year. Frank is currently Herman Feshbach Professorship of Physics at MIT. He lives in Massachusetts, with his wife, Betsy Devine.
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I have met him at a lecture and he is a really nice guy, but his intelligence shines out and it is difficult to have a conversation, because any comment you have, he has already thought through years ago.
Starting out with Plato and working through Newton and Maxwell to quantum mechanics, he shows the underlying beauty and their ideas of beauty, which were sometimes wrong. These sections are great.
Then he gets on to quantum mechanics, quantum chromodynamics and the "standard model".
These sections are mind-blowing as an introduction to the field, but hard work and their beauty is a little non-obvious.The simplifications he uses to get through to us get a little strained.
His answer and bias is to say "yes" to his question, but the large number of particles with properties put in by hand seem pretty ugly to me. The saving grace, he hopes, will be "supersymmetry", where everything falls into a beautiful pattern. Unfortunately, the extra particles needed for this show no signs of existing.
This book is a genius turning to scientific history and philosophy. Is this because nothing new is happening in physics? Perhaps the 20th century will be known as the "century of physics" and the 21st...won't.
The content of the book is , for me, difficult: but Wilcek writes in a way to interest a wider audience and thus hopefully some of it will penetrate!
The presentation of this book is really lovely and such a pleasure to handle.
I was interested to read this after hearing him talk on 'Private Passions' .
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