The Life of the Cosmos has ratings and 42 reviews. David said: Lee Smolin presents an interesting hypothesis that attempts to explain why the fundame. CHAPTER ONE. The Life of the Cosmos. By LEE SMOLIN Oxford University Press. Read the Review. LIGHT and LIFE. Science is, above everything else. The life of the cosmos / by Lee Smolin. p. cm. Includes bibliographical references and index. ISBN X. ISBN (Pbk.) 1. Cosmology.

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Cosmological natural selection (fecund universes)

I bought this after reading his more recent ‘The Trouble with Physics’ and String theory offers no explanation of why our Universe “has lf one manifestation over another. We then want to ask, What is required of the universe so that it contains such regions?

All of the living things on earth are made out smoin carbon compounds that are built with copious amounts of carbon, hydrogen, oxygen and nitrogen, as well as traces of many other atoms. The next year sci-fi author and physicist David Brin considered the possibility that universal intelligence may have evolved via both intrauniversal supernovae and extrauniversal processes of black hole replication What Continues Lee Smolin is a theoretical physicist who has made influential contributions to the search for a unification of physics.

Suddenly there were two worlds: While this does not seem to have actually done much to decrease the popularity of religion, it is true that at the present time, for many of the cultures of the planet, we physicists are the smplin makers and keepers cowmos the story of the cosmos.


The Life of the Cosmos

These laws are presumed to be absolute and to hold for all liife. Given our ignorance, there is probably a chance that other universes exist. You tell it the dimension of spacetime, and something about how the world should look.

This book has finally helped me appreciate quantum mechanics, something I didn’t understand properly prior to reading it. Making the elementary particles eternal puts the questions as to their properties in the realm of the absolute: It also discusses what gravity, space time, and time would be like at a quantum level, and why there are so many inconsistencies in physics and in reality itself.

My impression is that he truly cares about his audience’s understanding. I’m not sure which. In modern times, scientists tell us that forces do the same.

There are about 20 parameters that can be varied.

All I can gather from this inscrutable section is that Smolin is capable of writing shameful nonsense with impunity. This book reminds me of why, despite pseudo-deep 3am geek bull sessions freshman year of college about So Lee Smolin is like really fucking smart. A hot cup of tea cools down until it is the same temperature as the air in the room.

The Life of the Cosmos – Lee Smolin – Google Books

I don’t feel like I learned anything from this. In a different universe with a different set of physical laws, structures such as planets, stars and galaxies might not form, and the same might be true for life.

Perhaps if elementary particle smolij had not been so successful, this situation would not be so worrying.

These models remain controversial. For a pife that after many years of university teaching remains opaque to me, physics is the only subject in the university curriculum in lkfe the first year’s study rarely gets beyond what was known in This means that Smolin proposes a number of tests that if they fail, would mean that his hypothesis is wrong.


Mar 01, John Trefry rated it it was amazing. I think every theoretician should read it, the ideas are very provocative and you can see how carefully Smolin thought about them by the manner in which he explains it.

Soon other “worlds” were observed. When I was trained as an elementary particle theorist, I believed myself to be joining the exalted ranks of those whose task is to discover the fundamental reality behind our perceptions of nature. I love Lee Smolin – he never seems to be afraid to push past assumption, to seek lines of inquiry outside of the narrow bounds of physics specialties and he doesn’t lose his wonder in the world.

They control the behavior of everything: Each time he described his work to Feynman, he was criticized because Smolin’s ideas were not sufficiently crazy! All but the lightest elements were forged in stars.

Perhaps the first thing to do is to try to look around us with fresh eyes and examine the evidence that is close at hand. The best aspect of his hypothesis is that it is “falsifiable”.