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 by Lee Smolin

Smolin attempts to answer why our Universe is the way it is through a new idea called the cosmological natural selection principle. Smolin does an excellent job describing the beauty and cosmod of order in the universe.

But it leaves open a large number of questions, and these past twenty years have been a very frustrating period because almost none of these questions have been answered. It also uses principles of biology natural selection, niche, competition etc to infer hypotheses about the universe, although i disagree with him and feel his ov for cosmic Darwinism is very weak and doesn’t test that hypothesis directly.

He also rejects explanation 2 fhe the following reasons. The weight of all the philosophy that lay behind my training as a physicist tells me that this is the wrong thing to try to do.

Cosmological natural selection (fecund universes)

The result is a framework that illuminates many intractable problems, from the paradoxes of quantum theory and the nature of space and time to the problem of constructing a final theory of physics.

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 While mathematical ideas are discussed, there is not a shred of mathematical formalism in the book, although Smolin points carefully to excellent sources if the reader wants such material. When the stakes are this big, it is easy to be wrong.

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A good literature teacher will teach the classic books in the context of the current debates about the nature of texts. Rotation forces or lkfe lack of them in an otherwise empty universe, inertia and energy flows. The revelation of the existence of other galaxies naturally leads to the question “Are there also other universes?

Indeed, formulations of string theory predict the existence of extra spatial dimensions. The fossil record tells us that the biosphere has become more organized and more varied over time. In each star, as the elements are forged, gravitational and nuclear energy are converted into light and radiation and lifee out into the universe.

As a consequence, each of the elementary particles exist independently of all of the others. All but the clsmos elements were forged in stars. It also acts as a self referencing system, and can self organise and spontaneously occur probablyand smolin tries to apply these principle of biology to cosmology, and gives us a new hypothesis for the universe which doesn’t need any external truth, and which relies on the history of a self referencing thd self forming universe.

Lee Smolin snolin a new theory of the universe that is at once elegant, comprehensive, and radically different from anything proposed before. Leibniz Smolin is obsessed with Leibniz! The book is deeply philosophical, and the book makes clear which parts are pure speculation.

A philosophy that tells us to explain things by breaking them into parts will not help us when we confront the question of understanding the things that have no parts. If so, it should not surprise us if methods that have been so successful up to this point seem to be failing.

It’s a nice way of dropping things into differently labeled buckets, but I fail to see how it ties in with the thesis of the book. Many scieentists would simply “throw their hands up” saying the world is simply the way it is.

At the same time, not one of the theoretical ideas intended as answers to the questions left open by the standard model lfe been confirmed experimentally. Smolin writes in complex sentences, compounded by a generous sprinkling of grammatical errors, all of which conspire to make it a hard, slow, tedious read.


In science, detective movies, love or any other area of life, when one is confronted with a situation in which the old assumptions are no longer working as they used to, it is perhaps time to look for new questions to ask. Not that it’s founded on no science or bad science, but that he pushes “what if” into some areas that might blow our minds my words.

The Life of the Cosmos – Lee Smolin – Oxford University Press

Smolin does a great job of getting the reader up to speed on the current “crisis” in theoretical physics; the lack of a unifying theory between general relativity and quantum theory. The chances that Smolin’s theory can accidentally survive all 40 tests is 1 in 2 40 or about 1 in a trillion. Given as well that much of these concepts are in fact theory, the trend toward the philosophical is more understandable.

The book is very fun to read and is packed with information, both physics and philosophy, on the very basic, most abstract properties of the world. To purchase, visit your preferred ebook provider.

The theory predicts that Nature’s parameters should be optimized for black hole production. Perhaps inspired by the work of Hawking and Frolov, philosopher Quentin Smith published a paper Smith ; commentary by Stenger proposing that random symmetry-breaking events in the initial Big Bang singularity might lead to the production of new universes via black hole singularities, and that extrapolating this process to past universes could provide a naturalistic explanation for the basic laws and constants of our universe.

The laws of thermodynamics say that there is a tendency for systems to become less organized and less varied over time. Such a practice is misleading and does a disservice to the pursuit of increasing public understanding of science.