The Life of the Cosmos has ratings and 42 reviews. David said: Lee Smolin presents an interesting hypothesis that attempts to explain why the fundame. CHAPTER ONE. The Life of the Cosmos. By LEE SMOLIN Oxford University Press. Read the Review. LIGHT and LIFE. Science is, above everything else. The life of the cosmos / by Lee Smolin. p. cm. Includes bibliographical references and index. ISBN X. ISBN (Pbk.) 1. Cosmology.

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Each of us is a living thing.

Jan 24, Alex rated it it was amazing. Selected pages Title Page. Physics thhe underlie and explain biology because living creatures, like all things in the universe, are made out of atoms which obey the same laws as do every other atom in the world. For example, this book is divided into parts, each of which is further divided into chapters.

Cosmological natural selection (fecund universes)

Cosmological natural selection is an extremely ambitious proposal, comparable to the one of Copernicus at his time that the Earth was not the center of the Universe. The entropy of a living thing is consequently much lower, atom for atom, than anything else in the world.

First, finding a unique theory does not explain anything at a fundamental level — it is almost like God presenting the world with a slab of natural commandments. I will call it radical atomism. What is needed is a deeper understanding of what both life and the universe are that allows us to comprehend why it is natural to find one inhabited by the other.


All but the lightest elements were forged in stars. This book reminds me of why, despite pseudo-deep 3am geek bull sessions freshman year of college about time travel and the speed of light and black holes, I never took physics again after high school.

He makes some analogy between life and the cosmos, apparently in attempt to determine whether or not the cosmos is literally alive. Is cosmological natural selection a theory?

It is surprising that our Universe is so interesting. This is because once we understand what it means for a system to be in thermodynamic equilibrium, we can understand its opposite: The result is that the electrons lose energy and spiral into the nucleus. Dec 29, Shane rated it really liked it Shelves: But it’s a convoluted hyper-abstract snoozer, too philosophical for the scientist yet still too esoteric for the layman.

The very success of the reductionist philosophy may have brought us to the moment when we have in our hands at least some of the truly elementary particles. Putting these questions aside, what are the consequences of the proposal. I really wanted to like this book. Snow melts on a warm day. The book was initially published on January 1, by Oxford University Press. This, perhaps more than anything else, accounts for the peculiar combination of interest and distance that many people seem to bring to a meeting with a physicist.

It talks about how there can never be an absolute description of the universe, because that would require an observer outside our own universe.

The Life of the Cosmos

Finally, each letter is a combination of a small number of basic shapes, lines, circles, and arcs. The book sometimes debates philosophical questions without providing the reader with a complete understanding of the science issues. Our multiversal environment, by contrast, might be modified to a significantly more obvious extent, via niche construction, again as is seen in higher biological organisms Odling-Smee However, while there is no direct analogue to Darwinian selective pressures, it is theorised that a universe with “unsuccessful” parameters will reach heat death before being able to reproduce, meaning that certain universal parameters become more likely than others.


I highly recommend it. Why do they have particular masses and charges?

Smplin from ” http: Retrieved from ” https: There is at least one good reason not to believe the physics that is taught in most courses for nonscientists. If the universe really were cold and dead, if it contained no stars, there would be no living planets. It may be that, although our Universe is special in its smmolin realization of the consequences of its physical laws, that complexity and self-organization are a property of many systems. In quick succession we descended through several levels of structure, so that we now study the quarks: It also wonderfully illustrates quantum uncertainty and entanglement, which often seem very counterintuitive.

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