Dreams of A Final Theory Hardcover – 1 Dec 1992
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"Wienberg has reached the pinnacle of scientific succes - the Nobel Prize - he writes clearly and with confidence, imbuing the reader with an irresistible sense that one is in the hands of a master physicist at play" (Sunday Times)
"Highly literate, comprehensive, challenging, a survey of an exciting and extraordinary field of enquiry by one of its leading figures" (Financial Times)
"A truly important book, one which tries to change our minds... A magnificently honest piece of work" (Times Literary Supplement)
"This is a brilliant book" (Daily Telegraph) --This text refers to the Paperback edition.
A fascinating and controversial book about the minutiae that make up the universe and the possibility of a theory that might unite them all, by the author of a prize-winning account of the Big Bang, The First Three Minutes. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.See all Product Description
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This book was written in the years when the prospect of building the Superconducting Super Collider (SSC) was still tenable. SSC was supposed to be the largest particle collider in the world, and had it became operational it would have provided new data and insights into the mysteries of fundamental Physics. Or so we believed. Weinberg was one of the most prominent scientific proponents of this project, and he testified often in US Congress in its favor. Many of those encounters with politicians are discussed in this book. They provide a valuable and fascinating insight into how "big science" gets done.Read more ›
Until the penultimate chapter I was tempted to give the book only two stars, but that chapter is so good I decided to double the star rating. I have never read a more intellectually honest, indeed brutal, defence of atheism, or a better account of the (non-)spirituality of science.
Weinberg's honesty comes from a blunt admission that he doesn't find that science provides spiritual satisfaction, thereby undermining the simple sentimentaility of the Brian Cox "it's wonderful!" brigade. I have a degree in physics and never saw black holes or quantum experiments as more than "mildly interesting", like the solution to a good chess problem. So it's good to see a physicist of the highest standing underwriting my feelings!
The message of chapter XI is so bleak - there's no God and science does not provide spiritial satisfaction - that I think Weinberg should have provided some hints as to where at least some kind of satisfaction might be found. Schopenhauer is equally bleak, but even he points to contemplating great works of art as allowing us to escape from the unsatisfied will.Read more ›
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Good book from ones of the 20th Centuries great physicists.Published 15 months ago by John H Roberts