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Michael Redhead: Quantum Gravity

23 May 2002
Three Roads to Quantum Gravity: A New Understanding of Space, Time and the Universe 
by Lee Smolin.
Phoenix, 231 pp., £6.99, August 2001, 0 7538 1261 4
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... currently being turned upside down by theoretical physicists in their attempt to reconcile the two great pillars of 20th-century physics: quantum theory and Einstein’s general theory of relativity. LeeSmolin, a major contributor to the subject, brings us right up to date with it in this book. It’s written for general readers, but is more than just another work of popular science: it is a serious ...

Cosmic Inflation

David Kaiser: The Future of the Universe

6 February 2014
Time Reborn: From the Crisis in Physics to the Future of the Universe 
by Lee Smolin.
Allen Lane, 319 pp., £20, April 2013, 978 1 84614 299 4
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... produce a universe suitable for intelligent life. We wouldn’t have evolved in most of those other universes, so we wouldn’t be around to observe universes with very different characteristics. LeeSmolin has picked up Mach’s mantle and begun to criticise the metaphysical obscurities he detects in the latest multiverse theories. Too much of today’s physics and cosmology, he argues, remains ...

Fine-Tuned for Life

John Leslie: Cosmology

1 January 1998
Before the Beginning 
by Martin Rees.
Simon and Schuster, 288 pp., £7.99, January 1998, 0 684 81660 1
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The Life of the Cosmos 
by Lee Smolin.
Weidenfeld, 358 pp., £20, September 1997, 0 297 81727 2
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... should surely be urged (if not enforced) on experiments that create energy concentrations that may never have occurred naturally.’ This may be the most important point in Rees’s important book. LeeSmolin’s The Life of the Cosmos insists that our cosmos is unified in a way once thought unique to living beings. Einstein’s general relativity is Machian, which means (to use a traditional way ...

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