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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Is smollin natural selection a theory? In fact, Smolin makes painstaking efforts throughout the book to adhere to the scientific method and stay away from speculations bordering on mysticism and other irresponsible speculations.

Questions such as these remain to be made more rigorous in some future information theory of replicative evolutionary developmental systems.

The Life of the Cosmos by Lee Smolin

It seems superfluous to me. Navigation menu Personal tools Log in. When the stakes are this big, it is easy to be wrong.

Modern elementary particle physics does allow the elementary particles to be created and destroyed. Sometimes a crucial piece of evidence lies right in front of us that has up till now lacked any significance.

Had Newtonian physics turned out to be correct, vitalism would have been necessary. In this book I found a fascinating and enlightening pun intended survey of this complex and sensitive phenomena. It is exactly such a new look that I would like to propose we take to the problems of elementary particle physics. He talks a lot about Libniz’s principle of sufficient reason, which he ties unconvincingly with Weyl’s gauge theory.

Thus, we must ask what is required of a universe so that large amounts of carbon, oxygen and the other ingredients of life are plentifully produced. Consider varying Newton’s gravitational constant, for example. If a parameter can be changed to increase the rate of black hole formation, it would refute the theory.

One reason to question radical atomism is that it must eventually lead either to infinite regress or to a brick wall. But no one tries to teach first year students to think about Shakespeare the way critics thought in the nineteenth century.


To put it another way, one of the questions we will be seeking to answer in the following chapters is whether it is purely an accident, or whether it is to some extent necessary, that this, or any, cosmos is a universe of light and life. This book also has some fantastic interpretations of general relativity and natural selection, which themselves make it worth reading. That’s the fun part! The World as a Network of Relations.

Oxford University Press- Science – pages. As Cyril Stanley Smith notes, art and play often arrive at useful new ideas first. We also don’t understand why quantum theory is true and what it describes. To make it even worse, the epilogue degenerates into some of the peculiar politics he hinted The version I read had a few typos, but this is the least of the problem with a book purportedly written for the general public.

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It also wonderfully illustrates quantum uncertainty and entanglement, which often seem very counterintuitive. He is certainly way beyond my understanding of it, as a layman, and I don’t doubt that he has put forward a genuinely valid alternative mode of understanding the world in which we live.

Systems Smolin makes a big deal about complex, self-organizing, stable, and non-equilibrium systems. Perhaps inspired by the work of Hawking and Frolov, philosopher Quentin Smith published a paper Smith ; commentary by Stenger proposing that random symmetry-breaking events in the initial Big Bang singularity might lead to the production of new universes via black hole singularities, and that extrapolating this process to past universes could provide a naturalistic explanation for the basic laws and constants of our universe.

The rate of expansion of the Universe, the collapsing processes that build stars, stellar evolutions and supernova production would all change.

One way to answer the “why? If you’re not too physics-minded, you can just read and enjoy the part in the first half of the book where Smolin describes his theory that a big bang and a black hole are like reverse mirror images of each other.


However, the understanding of certain things might be beyond human intellectual capability. Indeed, it is much more than plausible, for according to the law of increasing entropy, it is much more probable that the world be disorganized, be merely a gas in thermal equilibrium. This is because once we understand what it means for a system to be in thermodynamic equilibrium, we can understand its opposite: Quantum physics, for all its intrinsic weirdness, gives us for the first time an opportunity to comprehend our relationship to the rest of the universe in a way that avoids both the Aristotelian fiction of our absolute centrality and the Newtonian fiction of our absolute alienation.

Soon other “worlds” were observed.

Cosmological natural selection (fecund universes)

This page is a stub. So try to repress your inclination to dismiss him as a crackpot when you first start understanding what he’s saying. Smolin imagines that, when matter falls in upon itself to form a black hole, a rebound occurs that spawns one or more new universes.

All this is speculation, of course. Most of the books are further divided. The search for answers to these questions may then lead us to reconsider our familiar understandings about the relationships between the fundamental fosmos the emergent and between physics and biology. Second, a unique theory is unlikely to yield the parameters of our Universe so the chances that it exists is 1 in 10 These aren’t discussed directly, but can be inferred.

A Newtonian atom would be something like a solar system, but held together by the electrical attraction of the nuclei and electrons rather than by gravity.

What could be fosmos explanation of this miracle? The Ecology of the Galaxy. What must be true about the world so that some of its atoms will spontaneously invent the astoundingly intricate dance which makes them living?