Ultimate Explanations of the Universe

Author: Michael Heller

Publisher: Springer Science & Business Media

ISBN: 3642021034

Category: Science

Page: 216

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We humans are collectively driven by a powerful - yet not fully explained - instinct to understand. We would like to see everything established, proven, laid bare. The more important an issue, the more we desire to see it clarified, stripped of all secrets, all shades of gray. What could be more important than to understand the Universe and ourselves as a part of it? To find a window onto our origin and our destiny? This book examines how far our modern cosmological theories - with their sometimes audacious models, such as inflation, cyclic histories, quantum creation, parallel universes - can take us towards answering these questions. Can such theories lead us to ultimate truths, leaving nothing unexplained? Last, but not least, Heller addresses the thorny problem of why and whether we should expect to find theories with all-encompassing explicative power.

New Theories of Everything

The Quest for Ultimate Explanation

Author: John D. Barrow

Publisher: Oxford University Press

ISBN: 019954817X

Category: Science

Page: 260

View: 4259


Cosmology & the universe.

Theism and Ultimate Explanation

The Necessary Shape of Contingency

Author: Timothy O'Connor

Publisher: John Wiley & Sons

ISBN: 144434546X

Category: Philosophy

Page: 250

View: 575


An expansive, yet succinct, analysis of the Philosophy of Religion– from metaphysics through theology. Organized into twosections, the text first examines truths concerning what ispossible and what is necessary. These chapters lay the foundationfor the book’s second part – the search for ametaphysical framework that permits the possibility of an ultimateexplanation that is correct and complete. A cutting-edge scholarly work which engages with thetraditional metaphysician’s quest for a true ultimateexplanation of the most general features of the world weinhabit Develops an original view concerning the epistemology andmetaphysics of modality, or truths concerning what is possible ornecessary Applies this framework to a re-examination of the cosmologicalargument for theism Defends a novel version of the Leibnizian cosmologicalargument

Das elegante Universum

Superstrings, verborgene Dimensionen und die Suche nach der Weltformel

Author: Brian Greene

Publisher: Siedler Verlag

ISBN: 3641185653

Category: Science

Page: 512

View: 2765


Eine hervorragende Darstellung unseres physikalischen Wissens und der Suche nach der „Weltformel“. Was ist die Superstringtheorie? Brian Greene, einer der führenden Physiker auf dem Gebiet der Superstrings, nimmt uns mit auf eine faszinierende und aufregende Reise zu den Grenzen unseres Verständnisses von Zeit, Raum und Materie.„Das elegante Universum“ ist ein populär geschriebenes und allgemein verständliches Kompendium unseres physikalischen Wissens.

The Thomist Tradition

Author: Brian J. Shanley

Publisher: Springer Science & Business Media

ISBN: 9401599165

Category: Philosophy

Page: 240

View: 3665


This volume provides the first comprehensive treatment of the central topics in the contemporary philosophy of religion from a Thomist point of view. It focuses on central themes, including religious knowledge, language, science, evil, morality, human nature, God and religious diversity. It should prove valuable to students and faculty in philosophy of religion and theology, who are looking for an introduction to the Thomist tradition.

Treatise on Love of God

Author: Miguel de Unamuno,Nelson R. Orringer

Publisher: University of Illinois Press

ISBN: 0252031245

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 180

View: 6420


A newly discovered treatise by a major European writer

Studies in the Hegelian Dialectic

Author: John McTaggart Ellis McTaggart

Publisher: CUP Archive


Category: Hegel, Georg Wilhelm Friedrich, 1770-1831

Page: 255

View: 7598


This work has been selected by scholars as being culturally important and is part of the knowledge base of civilization as we know it. This work is in the public domain in the United States of America, and possibly other nations. Within the United States, you may freely copy and distribute this work, as no entity (individual or corporate) has a copyright on the body of the work. Scholars believe, and we concur, that this work is important enough to be preserved, reproduced, and made generally available to the public. To ensure a quality reading experience, this work has been proofread and republished using a format that seamlessly blends the original graphical elements with text in an easy-to-read typeface. We appreciate your support of the preservation process, and thank you for being an important part of keeping this knowledge alive and relevant.

Studies in the Hegelian Dialectic

Author: John McTaggart,John McTaggart Ellis McTaggart

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 1108040330

Category: History

Page: 280

View: 5393


In this 1896 work, Cambridge philosopher McTaggart investigates the nature and purpose of Hegel's teaching on dialectic.

The Beginning and the End

The Meaning of Life in a Cosmological Perspective

Author: Clément Vidal

Publisher: Springer

ISBN: 3319050621

Category: Science

Page: 379

View: 1234


In this fascinating journey to the edge of science, Vidal takes on big philosophical questions: Does our universe have a beginning and an end or is it cyclic? Are we alone in the universe? What is the role of intelligent life, if any, in cosmic evolution? Grounded in science and committed to philosophical rigor, this book presents an evolutionary worldview where the rise of intelligent life is not an accident, but may well be the key to unlocking the universe's deepest mysteries. Vidal shows how the fine-tuning controversy can be advanced with computer simulations. He also explores whether natural or artificial selection could hold on a cosmic scale. In perhaps his boldest hypothesis, he argues that signs of advanced extraterrestrial civilizations are already present in our astrophysical data. His conclusions invite us to see the meaning of life, evolution and intelligence from a novel cosmological framework that should stir debate for years to come.

The Ultimate Meaningfulness of the Universe: Knowing God

Author: Anthony Mansueto

Publisher: Wipf and Stock Publishers

ISBN: 1621899756

Category: Religion

Page: 434

View: 1902


Is the universe ultimately meaningful, ordered to an end of transcendental value? Or is it merely the product of random interactions in which organization emerges only locally and by chance and is conserved only so long as rare and improbable conditions prevail? There can, in fact, be no more important question, for on the resolution of this question depends the significance of all our worldly labors. The Ultimate Meaningfulness of the Universe represents a new departure in this debate, arguing that because it describes rather than explains the universe, mathematical physics is radically incapable of addressing this question. The book argues for a new scientific research paradigm that while incorporating and building on the description of the universe supplied by modern mathematical physics, goes beyond it in a restored discipline of teleological explanation. The book sketches applications in the physical, biological, and social domains, and shows that powerful evidence already points toward the ultimate meaningfulness of the universe.

An Analytical Philosophy of Religion

Author: Willem Frederik Zuurdeeg

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1135976139

Category: Philosophy

Page: 328

View: 1237


This original study, published initially in 1959, introduces students of philosophy and of theology to a treatment of religion based upon the methods of modern philosophy – particularly logical empiricism and existentialism. Above and beyond the importance of its point of view, this book is distinguished by its clarity and by its objective and understanding presentation of diverse points of view.

The Power of International Theory

Reforging the Link to Foreign Policy-Making through Scientific Enquiry

Author: Fred Chernoff

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1135992401

Category: Political Science

Page: 264

View: 2579


This new study challenges how we think about international relations, presenting an analysis of current trends and insights into new directions. It shows how the discipline of international relations was created with a purpose of helping policy-makers to build a more peaceful and just world. However, many of the current trends, post-positivism, constructivism, reflectivism, and post-modernism share a conception of international theory that is inherently incapable of offering significant guidance to policy-makers. The Power of International Theory critically examines these approaches and offers a novel conventional-causal alternative that allows the reforging of a link between IR theory and policy-making. While recognizing the criticisms of earlier forms of positivism and behaviouralism, the book defends holistic testing of empirical principles, methodological pluralism, criteria for choosing the best theory, a notion of 'causality,' and a limited form of prediction, all of which are needed to guide policy-makers. This is an essential book for all students and scholars of international relations.

Unser mathematisches Universum

Auf der Suche nach dem Wesen der Wirklichkeit

Author: Max Tegmark

Publisher: Ullstein eBooks

ISBN: 3843710783

Category: Mathematics

Page: 520

View: 8859


„Max Tegmark, Prophet der Parallelwelten, flirtet mit der Unendlichkeit.“ ULF VON RAUCHHAUPT, FRANKFURTER ALLGEMEINE SONNTAGSZEITUNG WORUM GEHT ES? Max Tegmark entwickelt eine neue Theorie des Kosmos: Das Universum selbst ist reine Mathematik. In diesem Buch geht es um die physikalische Realität des Kosmos, um den Urknall und die „Zeit davor“ und um die Evolution des Weltalls. Welche Rollen spielen wir dabei – die Wesen, die klug genug sind, das alles verstehen zu wollen? Tegmark findet, dieses Terrain sollte nicht länger den Philosophen überlassen bleiben. Denn die Physiker von heute haben die besseren Antworten auf die ewigen Fragen. WAS IST BESONDERS? „Eine hinreißende Expedition, die jenseits des konventionellen Denkens nach der wahren Bedeutung von Realität sucht.“ BBC „Tegmark behandelt die großen Fragen der Kosmologie und der Teilchenphysik weitaus verständlicher als Stephen Hawking.“ THE TIMES WER LIEST? • Jeder, der das Universum verstehen will • Die Leser von Richard Dawkins und Markus Gabriel

Leonard and Virginia Woolf, The Hogarth Press and the Networks of Modernism

Author: Helen Southworth

Publisher: Edinburgh University Press

ISBN: 0748669213

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 288

View: 2832


This multi-authored volume focuses on Leonard and Virginia Woolf's Hogarth Press (1917-1941). Scholars from the UK and the US use previously unpublished archival materials and new methodological frameworks to explore the relationships forged by the Woolfs

The Titius-Bode Law of Planetary Distances

Its History and Theory

Author: Michael Martin Nieto

Publisher: Elsevier

ISBN: 1483159361

Category: Science

Page: 178

View: 8841


The Titius-Bode Law of Planetary Distances: Its History and Theory is a 15-chapter book that first discusses the prehistory of the Law from Kepler to Kant. The next chapter details the formulation of the Titius-Bode Law. Subsequent chapters describe the Law's early successes and failures, early modifications of the Law, the Blagg-Richardson formulation, and the significance of the Law with respect to the origin of the solar system. Other chapters discuss the theories of all types that have been proposed to explain the ""classical Titius-Bode Law"", i.e. the geometric progression.

From Eternity to Here

The Quest for the Ultimate Theory of Time

Author: Sean Carroll

Publisher: Penguin

ISBN: 9781101152157

Category: Science

Page: 448

View: 3030


A rising star in theoretical physics offers his awesome vision of our universe and beyond, all beginning with a simple question: Why does time move forward? Time moves forward, not backward—everyone knows you can’t unscramble an egg. In the hands of one of today’s hottest young physicists, that simple fact of breakfast becomes a doorway to understanding the Big Bang, the universe, and other universes, too. In From Eternity to Here, Sean Carroll argues that the arrow of time, pointing resolutely from the past to the future, owes its existence to conditions before the Big Bang itself—a period modern cosmology of which Einstein never dreamed. Increasingly, though, physicists are going out into realms that make the theory of relativity seem like child’s play. Carroll’s scenario is not only elegant, it’s laid out in the same easy-to- understand language that has made his group blog, Cosmic Variance, the most popular physics blog on the Net. From Eternity to Here uses ideas at the cutting edge of theoretical physics to explore how properties of spacetime before the Big Bang can explain the flow of time we experience in our everyday lives. Carroll suggests that we live in a baby universe, part of a large family of universes in which many of our siblings experience an arrow of time running in the opposite direction. It’s an ambitious, fascinating picture of the universe on an ultra-large scale, one that will captivate fans of popular physics blockbusters like Elegant Universe and A Brief History of Time. Watch a Video

Routledge Philosophy GuideBook to Aristotle and the Metaphysics

Author: Vasilis Politis

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1134529805

Category: History

Page: 360

View: 6996


Aristotles' 'Metaphysics' is one of the most important texts in Ancient Philosophy. This GuideBook looks at the Metaphysics thematically and takes the student through the main arguments found in the text. The book introduces and assesses Aristotle's life and the background to the Metaphysics, the ideas and text of the Metaphysics and Aristotle's philosophical legacy.