The Cosmic Landscape: String Theory and the Illusion of Intelligent Design

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Little, Brown, Dec 14, 2008 - Science - 416 pages
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In his first book ever, the father of string theory reinvents the world's concept of the known universe and man's unique place within it. Line drawings.
 

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Review: The Cosmic Landscape: String Theory and the Illusion of Intelligent Design

User Review  - Maria - Goodreads

Learned quite a bit of new stuff but the book was quite challenging overall. Read full review

Review: The Cosmic Landscape: String Theory and the Illusion of Intelligent Design

User Review  - Ezra - Goodreads

I think this book ended up on my reading list because of the bet between Susskind and Hawking. The bet on whether information is lost in a black hole only comes up at the end, but that is okay. The rest of the book sets up understanding it. So I think the object was achieved. Read full review

Contents

Introduction
CHAPTER ONE
Nature Has the Jitters
Elementary Particles
Quantum Electrodynamics
The Nucleus
Antimatter
The Fine Structure Constant
CHAPTER SEVEN
Hadrons
Origins of String Theory
CHAPTER EIGHT
Compactification
The Elegant Supersymmetric Universe?
The Magical Mystery aMazing MTheory
CHAPTER NINE

Quantum Chromodynamics
The Weak Interactions
The Laws of Physics
CHAPTER TWO
The Worst Prediction Ever
Back to the Cosmological Constant
Weinberg Says the A Word
The Planck Length
CHAPTER THREE
Fields
Hills and Valleys
Rolling along the Landscape
CHAPTER FOUR
Origins of the Myth
String Theory and Unraveling the Myth
Is Nature Elegant?
CHAPTER FIVE
The Cosmological Principle and the Three Geometries
The Three Fates
Geometry Is Fate
The Age of the Universe and the Oldest Stars
The Solution
Type I Supernovae
Light from Creation
Inflation
CHAPTER SIX
Anthropic Landscapes
When Do Anthropic Explanations Make Sense?
Philosophical Objections
CHAPTER TEN
DBranes
Branes of Every Dimension
Branes and Compactification
Fluxes
Conifold Singularities
The Discretuum of Bousso and Polchinski
CHAPTER ELEVEN
Stability and Metastability
A Real Ice Catastrophe
Cloning Space
Metastable de Sitter Space
Eternal Inflation
A Paradoxical Relation between Child and Parent
Two Views of History
ManyWorlds
CHAPTER TWELVE
Black Hole Complementarity
The Holographic Principle
Bubbles All around Us
CHAPTER THIRTEEN
Consensus?
The Laws of Nature Are Emergent
Natural Selection and the Universe
The Beginning of Inflation
Superstrings in the Sky
HighEnergy Physics
Epilogue
Copyright

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Leonard Susskind is the Felix Bloch Professor in theoretical physics at Stanford University. He is the author of The Cosmic Landscape , The Black Hole War, and TheTheoretical Minimum: What You Need to Know to Start Doing Physics. Susskind is a member of the National Academy of Science and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and the recipient of numerous prizes including the science writing prize of the American Institute of Physics for his Scientific American article on black holes.

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