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The Resource The end of discovery, by Russell Stannard

The end of discovery, by Russell Stannard

Label
The end of discovery
Title
The end of discovery
Statement of responsibility
by Russell Stannard
Creator
Subject
Language
eng
Summary
"Many scientists make extravagant claims as to the scope and power of scientific thinking, claiming that ultimately it will provide a complete understanding of everything. But Russell Stannard, himself an eminent high-energy physicist, strongly disagrees with this grandiose claim. Indeed, in The End of Discovery, Stannard argues that eventually - perhaps in a few decades, perhaps in a few centuries - fundamental science will reach the limit of what it can explain. On that day, the scientific age, like the stone age and the iron age before it, will come to an end. To highlight the boundaries of scientific understanding, Stannard takes readers on an engaging tour of some of the deepest questions facing science today - questions to do with consciousness, free will, the nature of space, time, and matter, the existence of extraterrestrial life, and much more. For instance, from his own research field, he points out that to understand the subatomic world, scientists depend of particle accelerators, but to understand the very smallest units of nature, it has been calculated that we would need an accelerator the size of a galaxy. Clearly, unless a new approach comes along, we might never understand fully the most basic building blocks of the universe. As a scientist, Stannard remains hopeful that several of the questions addressed will one day be answered. But other puzzles will remain for all time - and we may never even realize it when we have hit an insuperable barrier in those directions. He assures us that there will always be new uses of scientific knowledge. Technology will continue. But fundamental science itself - the making of fresh discoveries as to how the world works - must ultimately grind to a halt."--Publisher's description
Cataloging source
UKM
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Stannard, Russell
Dewey number
501
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
index present
LC call number
  • BD95
  • Q175
LC item number
.S73 2010
Literary form
non fiction
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
Science
Label
The end of discovery, by Russell Stannard
Instantiates
Publication
Note
  • Includes index
  • "Are we approaching the boundaries of the knowable?"--dust jacket
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Introduction -- Brain and consciousness -- Creation of the cosmos -- The laws of nature -- The anthropic principle -- The size of the cosmos -- Extraterrestrial life -- The nature of space -- Space in relation to time -- The nature of time -- High energy physics -- The quantum world -- Quantum gravity and string theory -- Concluding remarks
Control code
ocn587229757
Dimensions
23 cm
Extent
viii, 228 pages
Isbn
9780199585243
Isbn Type
(hbk.)
Lccn
2010930293
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
  • 1030889
  • (Sirsi) o587229757
  • (OCoLC)587229757
Label
The end of discovery, by Russell Stannard
Publication
Note
  • Includes index
  • "Are we approaching the boundaries of the knowable?"--dust jacket
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Introduction -- Brain and consciousness -- Creation of the cosmos -- The laws of nature -- The anthropic principle -- The size of the cosmos -- Extraterrestrial life -- The nature of space -- Space in relation to time -- The nature of time -- High energy physics -- The quantum world -- Quantum gravity and string theory -- Concluding remarks
Control code
ocn587229757
Dimensions
23 cm
Extent
viii, 228 pages
Isbn
9780199585243
Isbn Type
(hbk.)
Lccn
2010930293
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
  • 1030889
  • (Sirsi) o587229757
  • (OCoLC)587229757

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