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Time Reborn: From The Crisis In Physics To The Future Of The Universe (2012)

by Lee Smolin(Favorite Author)
3.86 of 5 Votes: 2
0547511728 (ISBN13: 9780547511726)
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
review 1: The book may lack in consistency and the narrative may be slightly confusing, but the arguments presented are nevertheless provocative and convincing. It is hard to get past the disappointment that Smolin doesn't deliver answers to all the questions he's asking, but it's not the purpose of the book. In Time Reborn, we get a glimpse of what it is to be at the forefront of theoretical physics: to be stuck with number of vague intuitions, and having to turn them into rigorous mathematical statements in order to deduce the implications of said intuitions. It is not the usual physics book that presents the reader with some mindblowing truth. Instead, the book shows a number of flaws in our current physical models that few have noticed that may be seriously hindering our progre... moress in physics. I would say the book is less for the general public than for aspiring or current physicists that are intent on transcending the curent paradigm.
review 2: This was an interesting book, but I feel like it makes it quite clear why concepts in physics the author doesn't endorse - namely string theory - are more popular with the public than the ideas expressed here: the ideas presented are frequently impenetrable and the writing seems to jump from topic to topic without making it very clear what is meant. I mean, it would probably help if I understood physics better, but that's precisely what I'm saying: it's been easier for me to at least feel like I am understanding what authors like Brian Greene and Michio Kaku are saying when they discuss their ideas about physics than it was for me to understand Lee Smolin. Still, I'm glad I read this book. less
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Fascinating look at the far edges of cosmology, and the mystery of time.
Excellent book. Will follow with a more expansive review. Just read it.
This is the best science book that I have ever read!
sadly convincing. sorry. no time machine for you.
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