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Universe or Multiverse?

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Bernard Carr, Steven Weinberg, Frank Wilczek, Martin J. Rees, Stephen Hawking, Max Tegmark, Andrei Linde, Alexander Vilenkin, James D. Bjorken, Renata Kallosh, Savas Dimopoulos, Scott Thomas, Craig J. Hogan, John F. Donoghue, Leonard Susskind, Viatcheslav Mukhanov, James B. Hartle, Brandon Carter, Lee Smolin, Anthony Aguirre, George Ellis, Don N. Page, Nick Bostrom, William R. Stoeger, Robin Collins, John D. Barrow, Paul Davies
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  • Date Published: June 2007
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  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9780521848411

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  • Recent developments in cosmology and particle physics, such as the string landscape picture, have led to the remarkable realization that our universe - rather than being unique - could be just one of many universes. The multiverse proposal helps to explain the origin of the universe and some of its observational features. Since the physical constants can be different in other universes, the fine-tunings which appear necessary for the emergence of life may also be explained. Nevertheless, many physicists remain uncomfortable with the multiverse proposal, since it is highly speculative and perhaps untestable. In this volume, a number of active and eminent researchers in the field - mainly cosmologists and particle physicists but also some philosophers - address these issues and describe recent developments. The articles represent the full spectrum of views, providing for the first time an overview of the subject. They are written at different academic levels, engaging lay-readers and researchers alike.

    • Large number of distinguished contributors provide a broad range of perspectives, from enthusiastic support to deep skepticism
    • Contains contributions from cosmologists, astrophysicists, particle physicists and philosophers
    • Spans a range of levels, from articles that can be read by people with a scientific background to more advanced, technical articles
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    • Date Published: June 2007
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9780521848411
    • length: 544 pages
    • dimensions: 254 x 180 x 29 mm
    • weight: 1.21kg
    • contains: 16 b/w illus.
    • availability: Replaced by 9780521140690
  • Table of Contents

    Part I. Overviews:
    1. Introduction and overview Bernard Carr
    2. Living in the multiverse Steven Weinberg
    3. Enlightenment, knowledge, ignorance, temptation Frank Wilczek
    Part II. Cosmology and Astrophysics:
    4. Cosmology and the multiverse Martin J. Rees
    5. The anthropic principle revisited Bernard Carr
    6. Cosmology from the top down Stephen Hawking
    7. The multiverse hierarchy Max Tegmark
    8. The inflationary universe Andrei Linde
    9. A model of anthropic reasoning: the dark to ordinary matter ratio Frank Wilczek
    10. Anthropic predictions: the case of the cosmological constant Alexander Vilenkin
    11. The definition and classification of universes James D. Bjorken
    12. M/string theory and anthropic reasoning Renata Kallosh
    13. The anthropic principle, dark energy and the LHC Savas Dimopoulos and Scott Thomas
    Part III. Particle Physics and Quantum Theory:
    14. Quarks, electrons and atoms in closely related universes Craig J. Hogan
    15. The fine-tuning problems of particle physics and anthropic mechanisms John F. Donoghue
    16. The anthropic landscape of string theory Leonard Susskind
    17. Cosmology and the many worlds interpretation of quantum mechanics Viatcheslav Mukhanov
    18. Anthropic reasoning and quantum cosmology James B. Hartle
    19. Micro-anthropic principle for quantum theory Brandon Carter
    Part IV. More General Philosophical Issues:
    20. Scientific alternatives to the anthropic principle Lee Smolin
    21. Making predictions in a multiverse: conundrums, dangers, coincidences Anthony Aguirre
    22. Multiverses: description, uniqueness and testing George Ellis
    23. Predictions and tests of multiverse theories Don N. Page
    24. Observation selection theory and cosmological fine-tuning Nick Bostrom
    25. Are anthropic arguments, involving multiverses and beyond, legitimate? William R. Stoeger
    26. The multiverse hypothesis: a theistic perspective Robin Collins
    27. Living in a simulated universe John D. Barrow
    28. Universes galore: where will it all end? Paul Davies
    Index.

  • Editor

    Bernard Carr, Queen Mary, University of London
    Bernard Carr is a Professor at Queen Mary, University of London. He received the Adams prize in 1984, one of the UK's most prestigious mathematical awards. He is a member of several professional societies, most notably the Royal Astronomical Society. He has worked in the UK, USA, Japan and Canada, and has published nearly 200 research papers and dozens of popular science articles. He regularly appears in the media.

    Contributors

    Bernard Carr, Steven Weinberg, Frank Wilczek, Martin J. Rees, Stephen Hawking, Max Tegmark, Andrei Linde, Alexander Vilenkin, James D. Bjorken, Renata Kallosh, Savas Dimopoulos, Scott Thomas, Craig J. Hogan, John F. Donoghue, Leonard Susskind, Viatcheslav Mukhanov, James B. Hartle, Brandon Carter, Lee Smolin, Anthony Aguirre, George Ellis, Don N. Page, Nick Bostrom, William R. Stoeger, Robin Collins, John D. Barrow, Paul Davies

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