- Paperback: 480 pages
- Publisher: Vintage; New edition edition (6 Sept. 1990)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0099771705
- ISBN-13: 978-0099771708
- Package Dimensions: 23.1 x 15 x 3.6 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars See all reviews (42 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,165,813 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.
Top Customer Reviews
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 book is also rather different to typical books about contemporary physics, which hail Superstring theories as the theory of everything. Penrose does not speak in depth about the newest forms of physics, but instead follows his conclusions from proven physics, and although he makes few specific predictions about the Theory of Everything, he does give a complete overview of the main features that he feels a Theory of Everything should contain. The fact that the conclusions are followed through from the physics explained in the book makes the conclusions much more justifiable than those of Superstring theories, even if you disagree with Penrose's final conclusion.Read more ›
That said, I found it very interesting and worthwhile to skip through the difficult bits and read what I could understand. You could say that he should have left out all the maths but I find it satisfying that he provides all the technical background that makes him totally convincing.
He raises many philosophical points, not always obviously relevant to his stated subject, and his very open on where he is unsure, or where there are opposing viewpoints to his own. Altogether a worthwhile read, but as another reviewer has pointed out, not for the faint hearted or those only interested in popular science.
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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Somewhat complicated but has useful information but you do need spend a lot of time to get to grips with what Penrose established. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Fred Harding
I would generally agree with much of the argument of the author but it's not clearly presented in this book. Read morePublished 15 months ago by legologic
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