The Life of the Cosmos has ratings and 42 reviews. David said: Lee Smolin presents an interesting hypothesis that attempts to explain why the fundame. CHAPTER ONE. The Life of the Cosmos. By LEE SMOLIN Oxford University Press. Read the Review. LIGHT and LIFE. Science is, above everything else. The life of the cosmos / by Lee Smolin. p. cm. Includes bibliographical references and index. ISBN X. ISBN (Pbk.) 1. Cosmology.

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The Life of the Cosmos is well written in a highly intellectual style. Lee Smolin in his book The Life of the Cosmos is quick to dismiss. Nowadays, astronomers estimate tje there are roughly 50 billion galaxies in the visible Universe, that is, that part of the Universe for which light has had enough od to reach us on Earth.

That little gem came in a discussion of why there is something rather than nothing. Oxford University Press is a department of the University of Oxford. The only alternative may be to look outside them. I first read this soon after it was released, and though I lifr not consider myself an expert by any means on the topics of astrophysics, I did feel comfortable to dive into Smolin’s book.

The Life of the Cosmos by Lee Smolin. One way to answer the “why? This should also be an approachable book to those that don’t follow regularly but are interested.

It also makes the universe into a kind of organic thing. Jan 03, Eric K. As a theoretical cosmod, he has contributed several key ideas to the search for a unification of quantum theory, cosmology, and relativity.

Cosmological natural selection (fecund universes)

The best aspect of his hypothesis is that it is “falsifiable”. Yes, because it is testable. My body stays at about the same temperature, no matter what the temperature of my environment might be, at least as long as I dosmos healthy. This is a really great read.


The Life of the Cosmos

No trivia or quizzes yet. Given the ingredients, what are the conditions that make the universe hospitable to life?

He moves us away from the absolute and toward the relative; away from the static and toward the dynamic; and away from reductionism and toward a global viewpoint. In this process, we see that individual and collective intelligence memes, knowledge, self-awareness increasingly influences and constrains the original and persistent or replicators genes, DNA.

This evolution of the fundamental constants occurs via black hole reproduction. I found the whole book incredibly stimulating. The author certainly thinks otherwise- that there exists a better theory somewhere in the future, that will explain the universe more coherently.

It furthers the University’s objective of excellence in research, scholarship, and education by publishing worldwide. Some theorists Hawking ; Frolov proposed that new universe creation might be particularly likely in the singularity region inside black holes. If a light beam were to be aimed upward, it would rise, arc over, and fall back like a jet of water from a hose.

Should Nature present the laws of physics to mankind like God presented the Ten Commandments to Moses? Cosmologist Edward Harrisonin what was apparently the first CNS-I hypothesis to be published in a peer-reviewed journal, independently proposed that the purpose of intelligent life is to produce successor universes, in a process thd by natural selection at the universal scale.

Smolin posits that the collapse of black holes could lead lige the creation of a new universe. Near the very beginning of time, gravity was in its quantum phase.

But before we approach this question, there is another kind of relationship that I must comment on; that between author thw reader. For they are the primary sites for transformations of energy and matter in the universe.

The Life of the Cosmos – Lee Smolin – Google Books

According to them, the universe consists of a large number of fundamental particles, moving in empty space. If elementary particles are so influenced, then perhaps those properties are not absolute and eternal. For a reason that after many years of university teaching remains opaque to me, physics is the only subject in the university curriculum in which the first year’s study rarely gets beyond what was known in Why is it that the universe is filled with stars?


I’m yet to read a good, proper science book which discusses how science itself requires some level of faith in the scientific method and in evidence and in reality, but this book is the closest I have come so far. Set adrift, we have now to ask new questions about how the regularities we refer to as the laws of physics came to be and whether, and how, they can change. We need to know if, given the laws of physics, it was probable that such structures and processes spontaneously form.

Most people have an intuitive idea of the meaning of the law of increasing entropy. Thus, we must ask what is required of a universe so that large amounts of carbon, oxygen and the other ingredients of life are plentifully produced. At the same time, the laws of Nature and the values of mass quantities in the new “daughter universes” differ slightly from those of the “mother universe.

But strategies for validating the appropriateness of fitness functions remain unclear at present, as do any hypotheses of adaptation with respect to the multiverse, other universes, or other black holes. Comparison between galaxies and living things is fascinating. What could be the explanation of this miracle? If the constants of nature weren’t fine tuned as they are, we wouldn’t be here to worry about the problem of fine tuning.