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Published: 18 September 2008

274 Pages | 25 line drawings


ISBN: 9780199548170

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New Theories of Everything

The Quest for Ultimate Explanation

John D. Barrow

  • The Theory of Everything has in recent years become the focus of some of the most exciting research in science.
  • A fully revised and updated edition of Barrow's earlier work Theories of Everything, bringing the story of the quest right up to date.
  • Explores such questions as what has led to our own Universe being realised? Is it unique in supporting life? And how do we test these theories?
  • Covers a wide range of topics, from 'M-theory', currently the prime candidate for the ultimate explanation, to the anthropic principle and new theories of complexity and computation.
  • As a leading cosmologist, John D.Barrow is supremely well-placed to put the quest for the theory of everything in its scientific, historical, and philosophical context.
  • Authoritative and original, Barrow eloquently presents complicated theories in an accessible style, drawing in quotes from literature and philosophy.

New to this Edition:

  • New Theories of Everything brings the story of the quest for the ultimate theory right up to date. Since the original edition was published in 1990, our picture of what a theory of everything might look like has completely changed. John Barrow shows how — and explains what this might mean.

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