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Existential physics : a scientist's guide to life's biggest questions / Sabine Hossenfelder.

Hossenfelder, Sabine, 1976-(author., Author).

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  • 2 of 7 copies available at Evergreen Indiana.

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3 current holds with 7 total copies.

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Adams PL Sys. - Decatur Branch 530 HOS EXI (Text) 34207002479799 Adult Non-Fiction Checked out 10/19/2022
Lebanon PL - Lebanon 530 HOSSENFELD (Text) 34330513637471 Adult - New Non-Fiction Checked out 10/12/2022
Newburgh Chandler PL - Bell Road Library 530 HOSSENFELDER (Text) 39206021800030 New Materials Checked out 10/22/2022
Plainfield-Guilford Twp PL - Plainfield 530.01 Hossenfel (Text) 31208913317931 new non-fiction Checked out 10/14/2022
Porter County PL - South Haven Public Library 530.01 HOSSE NEW (Text) 33410018190779 Adult Nonfiction Available -
Porter County PL - Valparaiso Public Library 530.01 HOSSE NEW (Text) 33410018190761 Adult Nonfiction Checked out 10/24/2022
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Record details

  • ISBN: 9781984879455
  • Physical Description: xviii, 248 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
  • Publisher: [New York, New York] : Viking, [2022]

Content descriptions

Bibliography, etc. Note:
Includes bibliographical references and index.
Formatted Contents Note:
Does the past still exist? -- How did the universe begin? How will it end? -- Why doesn't anyone ever get younger? -- Are you just a bag of atoms? -- Do copies of us exist? -- Has physics ruled out free will? -- Was the universe made for us? -- Does the universe think? -- Are humans predictable? -- Epilogue. What's the purpose of anything anyway?
Summary, etc.:
"A contrarian scientist wrestles with the big questions that modern physics raises, and what physics says about the human condition. Not only can we not currently explain the origin of the universe, it is questionable we will ever be able to explain it. The notion that there are universes within particles, or that particles are conscious, is ascientific, as is the hypothesis that our universe is a computer simulation. On the other hand, the idea that the universe itself is conscious is difficult to rule out entirely. According to Sabine Hossenfelder, it is not a coincidence that quantum entanglement and vacuum energy have become the go-to explanations of alternative healers, or that people believe their deceased grandmother is still alive because of quantum mechanics. Science and religion have the same roots, and they still tackle some of the same questions: Where do we come from? Where do we go to? How much can we know? The area of science that is closest to answering these questions is physics. Over the last century, physicists have learned a lot about which spiritual ideas are still compatible with the laws of nature. Not always, though, have they stayed on the scientific side of the debate. In this lively, thought-provoking book, Hossenfelder takes on the biggest questions in physics: Does the past still exist? Do particles think? Was the universe made for us? Has physics ruled out free will? Will we ever have a theory of everything? She lays out how far physicists are on the way to answering these questions, where the current limits are, and what questions might well remain unanswerable forever. Her book offers a no-nonsense yet entertaining take on some of the toughest riddles in existence, and will give the reader a solid grasp on what we know--and what we don't know."-- Provided by publisher.
Subject: Physics > Philosophy.
Cosmology.
Quantum theory.
Meaning (Philosophy)

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