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  • Paperback: 312 pages
  • Publisher: House of Anansi Press (Sept. 29 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1770890157
  • ISBN-13: 978-1770890152
  • Product Dimensions: 20.1 x 12.7 x 2 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 318 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #42,056 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Stephen Pletko TOP 50 REVIEWER on Feb. 23 2013
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"In this book, I try to connect our progress towards discovering the physical basis of reality with our own character as human beings...

My goal is to celebrate our ability to understand the universe, to recognize it as something that can draw us together, and to contemplate what it might mean for our future."

The above comes from this interesting book by Neil Turok. Turok, born in South Africa, is one of the world's leading theoretical physicists. He is now Director of the Perimeter Institute of Theoretical Physics located in Waterloo, Ontario, Canada. (Located at the Perimeter Institute are the Distinguished Research Chair of respected theoretical physicist Stephen Hawking and the Stephen Hawking Centre.)

This book is actually the transcript of a lecture entitled "The Universe Within: From Quantum to Cosmos." broadcast in November 2012 as part of the Canadian Broadcast Corporation Radio's "Ideas" series. The lecture itself is actually a "Massey Lecture," named after former Canadian Governor General, Vincent Massey. These Massey Lectures provide a forum on radio where major contemporary thinkers can address important issues of our time.

In this book, Turok explores those major scientific discoveries of the past three centuries--from classical mechanics, to the nature of light, to the strange world of the quantum, and the evolution of the cosmos. He notes that each new discovery has gradually over time resulted in new technologies that have deeply influenced society.

He continues to argue that we are about to enter the "quantum revolution" that will replace our current digital age. (For example, we will eventually have "quantum computers.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Kim Levis on Nov. 30 2012
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I was reading a series of paperback Thrillers that were failing to thrill me. I then picked up Neil Turok's book and I was plugged into the mysteries of the universe. I then was able to listen to the Massey Lectures in which Turok;s ideas leap off the page onto my CBC radio. I was filled with wonder again. He really knows how to bring science to a non-scientist. This book will be a part of my Xmas gifts.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By inkplant on Dec 25 2012
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This book should be in every high school. It was refreshingly positive. A most enjoyable and inspiring read.
So nice to know that its possible to be a scientist in Canada.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Carl Lutter on Dec 15 2012
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This is a marvellous piece of popular science for anyone who is even far from physics! For grade 12 to 85 years old grandparents.
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