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Fantastic Book that Stresses the Simplicity of Nature,
This review is from: The Comprehensible Cosmos: Where Do the Laws of Physics Come From? (Hardcover)
This is the third book from Professor Stenger that I've read. In my mind, he's certainly the "Richard Dawkins" of general-audience physics books.
I won't repeat too much of the content of other reviewers of this book, but rather just touch on a couple areas that I found particularly interesting:
I enjoyed how the professor stresses the simplicity of nature. For example, he shows in this book how almost all of physics comes from generalized gauge invariance, which he calls "point-of-view invariance." By the end of the book, we're shown how the "laws" of physics are not really laws at all. In the professor's well-expressed view, our traditional physical laws, in fact, are not somehow built into the fabric of the universe or handed down from above, but rather emerge from natural symmetries of a void.
On a related note, I also enjoyed how he went into some detail regarding how this simple view of nature (what he calls "Atoms and the Void") is at odds against the (secular) Platonic worldview. I believe he does a fair job explaining both views and why a simpler view of nature is preferable.
Anyways, it's hard to say enough about this book. Pick up a copy and enjoy!