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

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

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If the hard science at the heart of the Royal Society has made you feel ambitious, turn to this simply amazing work by Penrose, a Royal fellow. Unlike Bryson and his contributors, Penrose does not ... Read full review

The road to reality: a complete guide to the laws of the universe

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Penrose (mathematics, Oxford Univ.; The Emperor's New Mind ) has written a comprehensive overview of the behavior of the physical universe. He discusses current theories in physics and the mathematics ... Read full review

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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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