Three Roads To Quantum Gravity

Three Roads To Quantum Gravity

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"It would be hard to imagine a better guide to this difficult subject." -- Scientific American

In Three Roads to Quantum Gravity, Lee Smolin provides an accessible overview of the attempts to build a final "theory of everything." He explains in simple terms what scientists are talking about when they say the world is made from exotic entities such as loops, strings, and black holes and tells the fascinating stories behind these discoveries: the rivalries, epiphanies, and intrigues he witnessed firsthand.

"Provocative, original, and unsettling." -- The New York Review of Books

"An excellent writer, a creative thinker." -- Nature

Title:Three Roads To Quantum Gravity
Edition Language:English
ISBN:9780465078363
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    Three Roads To Quantum Gravity Reviews

  • Manny

    Lee Smolin is one of the most interesting and controversial figures in modern physics. Establishment physicists often call him a maverick or worse. I am one of many laypeople who think that he's telli...

  • Bernardo

    Anyone who has been paying attention to physics in the last twenty years or so has heard of Lee Smolin. His stances are well known, particularly thanks to his most famous book, The Trouble with Physic...

  • Gary

    Lots of great thoughts, but wordy like a thick hedge is dense. It’s not the scientific terms so much as not well-edited. If this were half as long and covered the same ideas, it would be twice as re...

  • Huyen

    a nice, easy intro into quantum gravity for the interested: http://homepages.ecs.vuw.ac.nz/~visse...This book isn't too bad but I don't think I retain much. the feline analogy and cosmological evoluti...

  • picoas picoas

    If you're into stuff like this, you can read the full review.Gravitons: "Three Roads To Quantum Gravity" by Lee SmolinLay people think gravitons are massless and propagate at the speed of light.This (...

  • James F

    According to Smolin, there are three "roads" currently leading to a theory of quantum gravity: the first road begins from quantum theory and adds relativity (string theory), the second begins from gen...

  • DJ

    Lee Smolin stormed his way onto my fantasy grandfather list the fateful summer of 2008 when I realized physics and I were more than just a fling. His The Trouble with Physics was a fatherly introducti...

  • BetseaK

    Since Lee Smolin has been one of the leading figures both in the string theory and in the theory of loop quantum gravity, I hoped this book would clarify some questions I was left with after reading C...

  • Ericka Clou

    So this book is from 2000 and I read Smolin's 2006 "The Trouble With Physics" first, but I still found the social aspect of the different tracks the physicists are following interesting. I struggled t...

  • Rob

    this book is so dumbed-down that i seriously considered putting it on the "non-fiction for humans" shelf. the absolute nadir came when he used as his analogy for the superposition principle of quantum...