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Time Reborn: From the Crisis in Physics to the Future of the Universe Hardcover – April 23, 2013
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"With rare conceptual daring, Smolin beckons toward a new perspective for doing cosmological theory…A thrilling intellectual ride!"—Booklist (starred review)
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I diligently read chapter after chapter expecting a high synthesis of ideas eventually. It never came. But it was much worse than that when I realized that the author was leading up to a type of "hidden variables" interpretation of Quantum Mechanics (QM).Read more ›
The book has a number of good and bad points, perhaps too many to set forth here. It concerns our concepts of the universe from the all-embracing large to the inconceivably small. Along the way it drifts off to political, social, and economic commentary, which is nonetheless well tethered to the main arguments about science, but annoyingly distracting from his central theme.
In essence Smolin suggests a new way of looking at cosmological and quantum questions based largely on the approach of Gottfried Leibnitz who is credited by some with inventing calculus, by others with stealing it from Newton. Current physics is, in Smolin's eyes, too closely descended from Newton's "paradigm" of the universe and science with its concepts of absolute space and time and the more recent idea that time is an illusion or an "emergent" phenomenon. Although Einstein's approach made these concepts somewhat "relational," to Smolin he is too attached to the Newtonian "timeless" paradigm.
Smolin goes further back to Leibnitz (as do some other contemporary physicists). Leibnitz had a stronger concept of the relational characteristics of those things physicists measure and a set of rules to guide future theorists.Read more ›
In the author's own words (on page 243), "The developments described in Part II in chapters 11 through 18 are not yet fact and do not yet amount to a coherent theory." As such, I had to wonder if it was a bit premature to present ideas that are not yet coherent. I had the feeling that in a decade or so there might be enough data to determine which of the very many ideas contained in this book would be developed into a coherent theory and which would be discarded. Also, this book is replete with theories and ideas, so many that after a while I came to the conclusion that Professor Smolin was covering too much and that the book was not sufficiently focused.
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Time in the context of this book is more philosophical than the parameter found in many of the equations utilized in physics, such as that which defines velocity.Read more ›
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Excellent read. I'll have to read it again to understand it all...always a sign I'm pushing my boundaries.Published 1 month ago by R. Williamson
An amazing book, with extremely interesting ideas. For me the arguments seem to be sometimes too philosophical, nevertheless, not only did I enjoy this book but I'm sure I'll read... Read morePublished 4 months ago by Amazon Customer
Interesting read, enjoyed thinking about some of the concepts.Published 4 months ago by Amazon Customer
The really critical reviewers were expecting far too much from this book. Smolin wasn't promising a new Principia. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Theaetetus
Fantastic book. Too many ideas, and too much depth for one reading. I've got to go through it again, more slowly. But it is worth it....Published 7 months ago by Christopher Faille