- Paperback: 480 pages
- Publisher: Vintage; New edition edition (6 Sept. 1990)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0099771705
- ISBN-13: 978-0099771708
- Product Dimensions: 23.1 x 15 x 3.6 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars See all reviews (38 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 353,408 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The Emperor's New Mind: Concerning Computers, Minds and the Laws of Physics Paperback – 6 Sep 1990
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perhaps the most engaging and creative tour of modern physics that has ever been written (Sunday Times) --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
About the Author
Roger Penrose is the Rouse Ball Professor of Mathematics at the University of Oxford. He has received a number of prizes and awards, including the 1988 Wolf Prize for physics which he shared with Stephen Hawking for their joint contribution to our understanding of the universe.
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In answering these questions Penrose embarks on a tour of the mathematical concepts and theories that underpin our understanding of the Universe.
There seems to be much more maths than is really needed, and there is a lot of theory (The book runs to over 500 pages after all). You will also need advanced A level maths to cope (on the basis that I just coped, and that's the level of maths I reached).
Entertaining and enjoyable IF you are interested in Maths. If you are not, stay away.
The ordinary reader would - as the author himself suggests - be well-advised not to strive to understand all the technical detail: it is possible to grasp the essence of what is being described without following all the intricacies Penrose goes into. The trouble is that this means skimming through much of the book.
Nevertheless, I found his physics primer (the first several chapters) to be better than many I have read, and the whole book gave me many nights of weird dreams. At the end, though, I wound up disappointed and feeling like I had been hoodwinked into someone's attempt to logically deduce his own personal faith.
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I would generally agree with much of the argument of the author but it's not clearly presented in this book. Read morePublished 7 months ago by legologic
The only problem: varying difficulty. At some places a lot of text is devoted to explaining very simple things and in other much smaller text describes much more advanced things.Published 10 months ago by Alexander Smetkin
Worth concentrating over. A great work. Takes a while to read, but well worth it. I would highly recommend it.Published on 7 Aug. 2014 by mortsmusic
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