The Road to Reality: A Complete Guide to the Laws of the Universe

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Vintage Books, Jan 1, 2007 - Science - 1099 pages
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This guide to the universe aims to provide a comprehensive account of our present understanding of the physical universe, and the essentials of its underlying mathematical theory. It attempts to convey an overall understanding--a feeling for the deep beauty and philosophical connotations of the subject, as well as of its intricate logical interconnections. While a work of this nature is challenging, no particular mathematical knowledge is assumed, the early chapters providing the essential background for the physical theories described in the remainder of the book. There is also enough descriptive material to carry the less mathematically inclined reader through, as well as some 450-500 figures. The book counters the common complaint that cutting-edge science is fundamentally inaccessible.

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Great explanations end-to-end, like the visual emphasis - Goodreads
Full of strange pictures and even stranger ideas. - Goodreads
This books is great as a reference manual. - Goodreads
But it is a great overview for non-physicists. - Goodreads
Expect to get through this book at a snail's pace. - Goodreads

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User Review  - John Moyle - Goodreads

I good book at the next level down from those aimed at a non-scientific audience. Some math ability beyond calculus is a requirement for any real understanding. Read full review

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Chapter 4. A complex number is of the form a+ib, where i is an imaginary number, the square root of -1. All regular rules of algebra apply to complex numbers, and it turns out that they govern the ... Read full review

About the author (2007)

Roger Penrose is Emeritus Rouse Ball Professor of Mathematics at Oxford University. He has received a number of prizes and awards, including the 1988 Wolf Prize for physics, which he shared with Stephen Hawking for their joint contribution to our understanding of the universe. His books include The Emperor's New Mind, Shadows of the Mind, and The Nature of Space and Time, which he wrote with Hawking. He has lectured extensively at universities throughout America. He lives in Oxford.

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