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
Penrose is a good writer, and he doesn't skip steps. - Goodreads
Expect to get through this book at a snail's pace. - Goodreads

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User Review  - Alex Lee - Goodreads

In this amazing book, Roger Penrose looks for a very fundamental issue. He is looking for a single metric to describe everything. This is not a unit of reality, however, although this is how he poses ... Read full review

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

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When you read a newspaper, you're going to understand 100% pretty easily, but of that roughly 95% will be fluff or filler. It is a rare exception when a newspaper article has more than one or two ... 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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