The Constants of Nature: The Numbers That Encode the Deepest Secrets of the Universe (Google eBook)

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Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group, May 6, 2009 - Science - 368 pages
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Reality as we know it is bound by a set of constants—numbers and values that dictate the strengths of forces like gravity, the speed of light, and the masses of elementary particles. In The Constants of Nature, Cambridge Professor and bestselling author John D.Barrow takes us on an exploration of these governing principles. Drawing on physicists such as Einstein and Planck, Barrow illustrates with stunning clarity our dependence on the steadfastness of these principles. But he also suggests that the basic forces may have been radically different during the universe’s infancy, and suggests that they may continue a deeply hidden evolution. Perhaps most tantalizingly, Barrow theorizes about the realities that might one day be found in a universe with different parameters than our own.


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Review: The Constants of Nature: The Numbers That Encode the Deepest Secrets of the Universe

User Review  - Rama - Goodreads

Changing Constants n order to explain physical reality, physicists measure and determine physical quantities/parameters/information related to the object/subject in question using well defined laws ... Read full review

Review: The Constants of Nature: The Numbers That Encode the Deepest Secrets of the Universe

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Let's start with what this book is not about. It's not about mathematical constants such as pi and little e, the natural logarithm. It is about constants of physics such as Planck's constant, the ... Read full review

Contents

Superhuman Standards
32
The Quest for a Theory
53
Eddingrons Unfinished Symphony
77
The Mystery of die Very Large Numbers
96
Biology and die Srars
119
Altering Consranrs and Rewriting Hisrorv
177
New Dimensions
201
Variations on a Constant Theme
231
Reach lor rhc
250
Other Worlds and Big Questions
275
Notes
293
Index
343
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About the author (2009)

John D. Barrow is professor of mathematical sciences at the University of Cambridge. His previous books include The Book of Nothing, Theories of Everything, The Artful Universe, Between Inner Space and Outer Space, The Universe That Discovered Itself, and The Origin of the Universe. He lives in England.


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