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The Singular Universe and the Reality of Time: A Proposal in Natural Philosophy Hardcover – Dec 8 2014

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  • Hardcover: 566 pages
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press (Dec 8 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1107074061
  • ISBN-13: 978-1107074064
  • Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 4 x 22.8 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 975 g
  • Average Customer Review: 3.4 out of 5 stars 5 customer reviews
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"It might be one of the most important books of our time ... Right or wrong, this book is an event."
Bryan Appleyard, The Sunday Times

"A hefty explication setting out clear agendas for research into quantum foundations, explanations for the 'arrow of time' and other parts of this puzzle."
Nature

"Any serious intellectual rebellion is worth watching. This one is ambitious: it seeks to root out one of the oldest impulses in the western imagination."
The Spectator

"Is time, after all, real? Two mavericks take an axe to the established theories of cosmology."
The Guardian

"... an admirable restatement of cosmological ambition."
The Times Higher Education Supplement

"Anyone that wants to thoroughly deliberate over the question of cosmology should read this book."
Peter Eisenhardt, translated from Physik Journal

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Cosmology is in crisis. In this book, philosopher Roberto Mangabeira Unger and physicist Lee Smolin, world-renowned for their radical ideas in their fields, argue for a revolution in our cosmological ideas. The book is readily accessible to non-scientists as well as to the physicists and cosmologists whom it challenges.

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A follow-up to Smolin's 'Time Re-born', this volume attempts to establish a triple thesis: the case for there being only one universe; that time is real; and that mathematics is, though a useful scientific tool, is not homologous to (i.e. cannot totally mirror) the universe. Though the first part (by Unger) is somewhat repetitive at times, it nonetheless does an excellent job of providing the philosophical underpinning of the triple thesis. The second part (by Smolin) is more pithy, if at times a tad scientifically challenging for the lay reader. Still, all in all, the joint author's have done yeoman service in providing the foundation of a new - and more quintessentially - scientific cosmological project. A solid and sobering counterargument to the mysticism and fanciful maunderings of the 'multiverse' crew.
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I was rather skeptical about the title in the first place. Brief preface: am a retired philosophy prof who has views about metaphysical issues regarding space, time, causality -- mind, matter, illusion -- depends on context. But this volume I find mostly contains opinions I confront, and there is nothing new in the opinions that I haven't met over the last few decades. Delightfully, though, the mathematician is far more insightful than the philosopher in this volume. From an historical point of view, this is no big surprize, really; I allude to Plato, Descartes, Leibniz, and Whitehead. -- This volume was intended apparently for academics and informed readers, and there it can stay. Thanks, guys.
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New perpective...the historical view and constant change of even "immutable laws" makes sense. The view of time/space is different, and my own thoughts are time exists due to space, and vis versa, but the concepts are coherent, necessary for conceptual progress, and intriguing. Bravo, Mr Mangabeira Unger and Mr. Smolin, a work of eminence. Enjoyable read and brain flex.
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as good as this kind of book gets.
Readable, convincing, stimulating.
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Poorly argued. Redundant writing. Poor working knowledge of all the relevant literature. Might be better if more to the point and took stock of alternative view points like those of Prigogine (physics) or Ricoeur (philosophy).
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